Tetra Pak has launched a new Environmental Benchmarking Service to help food and beverage companies assess the environmental performance of their production operations, and to identify opportunities for improvement.
The service provides an audit of the entire plant, including both the processing and packaging lines, assessing performance in areas such as water efficiency, waste water treatment, energy efficiency, product yield and waste, and carbon footprint.
Based on this audit, the Tetra Pak Technical Service team will then provide specific recommendations on opportunities for improvement, helping customers not only to reduce their environmental impact, but also to lower cost.
Pilot projects have been carried out in the US and in Europe, delivering average costs savings of around 20%.
For example, with Pacific Foods, a US-based producer of organic foods and beverages, opportunities were found to reduce the carbon footprint by approximately 3500 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and to cut water consumption by 31 million liters, every year.