Danone will invest €2 million during the next three years in a new wastewater system at its dairy plant in Tres Cantos, Spain.
The investment will allow the facility to increase its water autonomy to 80%, and furthers Danone’s goal to become self-sufficient at the site north of Madrid. The move will make the Tres Cantos factory more economical with its water usage – currently, it uses 800 cubic metres of water every day to support capacity of 4 million yogurts and custards.
The new wastewater system will capture residual water from the factory’s activities, storing it and preparing it for reuse later on. After being filtered and purified, the water will be reused for purposes including cleaning, with the 80% water autonomy being phased in over the coming three years.
“This is an innovative and pioneering project for the company with an ambitious goal – to be largely self-sufficient in our water needs,” explained Tres Cantos factory manager Alexandre Biau. “We are undoubtedly proud to undertake a project of this magnitude. Our challenge is, and will continue to be, to carry out our operations with maximum efficiency and sustainability.”
Tres Cantos is the most efficient factory in Danone’s European dairy business; the round-the-clock plant spans an area of more than 60,000 square metres and churns out almost 50 individual product lines.
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