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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


specific nozzle configuration to ensure water usage is kept to a minimum. A rainwater harvesting system was also installed and in a move to maximise the amount of water harvestable, all rainfall whether on the roofs or hard standing is collected. This water is filtered and treat- ed with ultra violet light to ensure that it is of a satisfactory standard for reuse in the area of the site used for the washing of livestock vehicles. This amounts to almost 10% of water use on the site. Other than reducing water consump-


tion,


setting clear key performance indica- tors by recording water usage for each daily production cycle in relation to its four different water inputs. This data is analysed by its environmental and pro- cess experts and is regularly discussed at board level, enabling targets to be deployed lower down the management team and monitored on a continual basis. The company were not afraid to invest significantly in efficient facilities. It start- ed with the installation of high pres- sure, low volume washers, which have a


the company has also tried to ensure its day to day operations make the most efficient use of the water essen- tial to its processes. 90 degree sterilis- ers are machines that in most factories, throughout the industry, are left running throughout the day and constantly lose hot water to the surrounding environ- ment.


The sterilisers at Sturminster Newton are managed proactively to ensure they only contain water at the minimum tem- perature of 90 degrees necessary to func- tion effectively. In order to do this, ABP installed the most efficient heat exchang- es currently available to optimise water temperature.


“Throughout this exciting project we have evolved our thinking as we have discovered new ways of maximising the efficient use of water and this is now something we will look to replicate across our group,” said ABP.


JUDGES COMMENTS: ABP has really thought about water throughout its process and saved around 75% of volume of water per animal which is hugely impressive. They’ve installed reverse osmosis and rainwater harvesting technology and this is scaleable across the industry. This shows strong leadership in a sector that really needs it


FINALISTS Akzo Nobel Aviva Woolworths South Africa


Balfour Beatty with Parsons Brinckerhoff Coca-Cola Enterprises


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