McCain is committed to reduce the environmental impact of our 15 production sites in Continental Europe.
To make sure that this mission is well implemented, McCain pursue 4 clear objectives which are:
1-OBJECTIVE: ZERO WASTE
Measure continuous improvements in energy and environmental performance.
We are committed to reducing our food waste: longer potatoes are turned into fries; small potatoes are used for potato flakes and specialised foods; and the remaining potatoes and scraps are used for livestock feed, organic fertilisers, or are transformed into biogas. As for non-recyclable waste, our factories are not fitted with incinerators, and we limit the use of this practice. In unavoidable cases, the energy is recovered from the combustion of waste.
2- REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Since 2008, we’ve saved 258,195 MWH which is the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of more than 21,516 households.
In 2008, we implemented an action plan to reduce electricity, natural gas and bio- gas consumption. We installed an energy recovery system on steam created by boilers and fryers, installed speed control methods on electrical equipment, and regulated the pressure of pressure cookers. This led us to reduce our energy consumption at our production facilities by 14% in 2017.
3-SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION SITES
2,600,000 m3 of methane was reduced which means avoiding the release of 5,300 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of 5,300 return journeys from Paris to New York by plane. The French production site in Matougues has risen to the challenge of reducing its global environmental impact by 50% from now until 2020. All incandescent lights will be replaced with LED light bulbs, and there is an initiative in place to install a bio reactor which transforms organic waste into biogas. Other similar projects that favour the use of renewable energy have ensured that, between 2016 and 2017, CO2 emissions were reduced to the equivalent of more than 80,900 miles driven by car.
4- REDUCTION OF WATER USAGE AND WATER TREATMENT
Compared to 2015, 196,373 m3 of water was saved in 2017 the equivalent of 78 Olympic swimming pools.
Since 2015, we implemented a plan to reduce water consumption at our manufacturing facilities: between 2015 and 2017, 150 litres of water was saved per tonne of potato end-product. We were also successful in terms of wastewater treatment, ensuring that water released back into the environment has the same characteristics as when it was first extracted and used, for example, temperature, phosphate levels, nitrate levels and more.
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