Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods or CPF), Thai agro-industrial and food conglomerate, recently announced impressive records in water management after a successful implications of recent eco-friendly techs and approaches. This is a revolutionizing step towards a more “Operational Eco-efficiency” direction in Thai food industry.
The Thai food conglomerates is taking the bold approach to live up to the commitment on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It sets to reduce energy consumption 15% , greenhouse gas emission 15% , water consumption 25% and waste disposed by landfill and burning 30% respectively when compared to based year 2015. All targets are expected to be reach by 2020.
Mr. Charubutr Kirdudom, Assistant Vice President of CP Foods, said the company recognized that a strong environmental performance is a crucial element for being responsible industry leader. As a result, a policy on safety, occupational health, environment and energy has been set in an attempt to minimize the impact of CP Foods operations on the environment and stakeholders.
Several progresses have been made to improve an operation. For example, air chilling system has been introduced in the kitchen at the processing plants as a replacement to water chilling technology which is a common method for reducing the chicken’s temperature.
The new system can reduce water usage in production process by 15% approximately as well as giving less contamination risk since, in water chilling process, the chickens are cooled down in the same water while they are handle separately in air chilling method.
CP Foods also successfully reduced water consumption in aquacultures to 20.71 cubic meter per ton from a previous year record of 25.17 while the amount of recycled water is impressively at 13% of the whole water consumption.
Global Water Tools, a risk mitigation tool made by World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD), has been implemented to measure the risk and water footprint of the company, resulting the better water management and reduce a chance of water shortage at the operation sites and communities.
The water management performances will be available for all stakeholders via Sustainability Report and notable organizations such as Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Beside the records, the company has won CDP Hong Kong and South East Asia Awards 2017.