Tate & Lyle has completed a major energy efficiency and CO2 reduction project in Tennessee.
The sugar processor formally opened a new co-generation plant at its corn wet milling facility in Loudon, featuring a natural gas-fired combined heat and power system. The installation represents an investment from the company of $60 million, and will significantly improve its energy and operational efficiency at the Loudon site.
The project is expected to reduce the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50%, and its CO2 emissions by around 10%.
The natural gas for the combined heat and power system will be supplied through a new dedicated pipeline, which, as well as meeting Tate & Lyle’s energy needs, will provide the wider community with additional natural gas capacity to support economic development efforts.
Vicky Bullivant, vice-president of sustainability for Tate & Lyle, said: “This is one of the largest carbon reduction projects carried out by Tate & Lyle, and clearly demonstrates our strong commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. This major investment reduces Tate & Lyle’s global CO2e emissions by around 10%, providing a step-change in our global carbon footprint.”
Tate & Lyle Loudon plant manager Gerry Schlueter added: “We’ve been working closely with the community and our local and state governmental representatives from the outset of this project, and I would like to thank them for their support.
“This major investment has big wins for both Tate & Lyle and the local community. Tate & Lyle reduces its environmental footprint at the Loudon facility by nearly 50%, which benefits the local community, and the new pipeline will supply extra natural gas capacity to the wider area providing support for local economic development.”
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