Tate & Lyle is yet another major ingredients supplier putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to ensuring its business practises are as environmentally friendly as possible.
The UK-based sugar giant, and owner of brands such as the sweetener Splenda and fibre range Promitor, has taken measures to reduce its carbon footprint from an already relatively low level of 0.43 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of sugar by installing a new boiler that will draw heavily on renewable-energy sources.
Tate & Lyle says the boiler will allow it to draw 70 per cent of its Thames Valley plant-energy needs from renewable sources. By 2009, when the boiler is functioning at full capacity, the carbon footprint for sugar produced at the UK refinery will be 0.32 tonnes per tonne of sugar. The boiler is a first for the UK food and drink industry.
"We have an overall target to reduce energy consumption by three per cent per annum and this has been in place since 2000," said Ian Bacon, chief executive of Tate & Lyle Sugars. "In addition, we are currently a net-exporter to the National Grid at the refinery, and once the biomass project is complete the source will be green."
Tate & Lyle's other groupwide environmental and energy-saving measures saw energy consumption reduced by 1.2 per cent, water consumption redueced by 2.5 per cent and nonhazardous solid waste consumption reduced by 29.5 per cent in 2006.