Danone has announced an NZ$40 million (€25 million) investment in its Nutricia spray drying plant with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2021.
The company said that the achievement will be driven primarily by the installation of an NZ$30 million (€17.5 million) biomass boiler that will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes per year.
Danone’s Nutricia spray drying plant, which is located at Balclutha, processes supplies sourced from eighteen local farms to produce leading Infant Milk Formula brands, including Aptamil.
One Planet, One Health
The boiler, which will be powered by locally-sourced, sustainable wood fuels, will boost the process of converting milk into a dry powder through the application of heat.
Veolia, a resource management company, will be responsible for designing and managing the construction of the biomass boiler, as well as guaranteeing the future operation and performance of steam production.
Danone’s New Zealand Operations Director, Cyril Marniquet, said that the investment “underscores” Danone’s global ‘One Planet, One Health’ vision.
“We share the New Zealand Government’s ambitions in delivering a low-emissions, climate-resilient future,” he said.
“At Danone, we’ve set ourselves an objective of becoming a carbon-neutral company across our entire scope – from farm to family – by 2050. It is through key investments like this one that we take a step forward towards reaching this ambition.”
Danone also revealed that the investment in the plant will also see the installation of a new water treatment plant that will efficiently treat water waste.
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