Improving efficiency and thinking sustainably
Over the past twelve months, Cargill Malt's environmental performance improved water efficiency by 13 percent, energy efficiency by 2.5 percent, and decreased our CO2 emissions by 1.22 percent.
To improve our business’ energy consumption we assign energy experts and regularly benchmark consumption between our malt plants around the world to define efficiency goals based on the best plants. Energy related Best Practice resources and toolkits empower teams to improve efficiency and think sustainably.
Below are just a few example of how we reduce the environmental footprint of our business:
Cargill Malt Rosario receives GE Water and Process Technologies Award
On May 13th, 2014, GE Water and Process Technologies awarded the operations team at Cargill Malt Rosario the distinction “Return on Environment (ROE)” for its significant contributions to the environment through continuous improvement on its production processes. The award was in recognition of a joint project to achieve lower production of sludge from the clarifier and decrease the usage of water for the entire production processes. The project was a major success and drastically lowered sludge production and increased sustainability of the plant through optimized water usage.
Strasbourg, France invests in variable frequency drives for kiln fans
Recently, our Strasbourg facility invested in variable frequency drives for the two kiln fans on site. This allows us to reduce the fan speed depending on the green malt moisture level, the temperature, and the outside humidity. Optimizing the fan speed to match the conditions ensures we use only the exact amount of electricity to run the fans as we need, without compromising quality or process velocity. The installation has saved us an average of 10 kwh/MT since its implementation.