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Lactalis is committed to maintaining and promoting safe and environmentally responsible practices for the benefit of consumers, the communities in which the business operates, and their employees. Lactalis also recognises that environmental best practice helps to achieve a Iow cost operation.
Lactalis takes these responsibilities seriously and adopts environmentally sound policies, where practicable, across all of its operations.
Lactalis understands the environmental impacts of all their activities and will carry out all reasonably practicable measures to continually improve its environmental management and performance and to prevent pollution.
In order for Lactalis to achieve its objectives, plans will be developed to ensure that the Company:
- Conforms to all applicable legal requirements, codes of practice and other requirements within the scope of the environmental management system.
- Follows good manufacturing practice.
- Ensures best available techniques are used to reduce its environmental impact.
- Takes action to minimise emissions to air, land, and water.
- Ensures the reduction of waste, the re-use of materials to prevent waste and ensure recycling of waste produced in preference to landfill, wherever practicable.
- Ensures that energy is used efficiently and energy usage is reduced where practical.
- Makes efficient use of raw materials and packaging.
- Ensures safe storage and handling of chemicals, hazardous substances and raw materials.
- Avoids unnecessary expenditure.
- Improves cost effectiveness, productivity, and the working environment.
- Prevents pollution and protects the environment.
- Sets objectives and targets to ensure continual improvement of operations and monitors progress towards agreed objectives.
- Trains employees to ensure that they are fully competent to control the activities for which they are responsible.
Lactalis conducts Management reviews on a regular basis (at least annually) to ensure the business management system’s continual suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.
Energy use is reviewed at weekly site senior management meetings and at monthly industrial management meeting at the UK group which includes the director and board members.
This process includes a review of progress against energy reduction targets (KPI)but also is a forum for the identification of ways of reducing energy use.
Energy efficiency targets are included in all managers’ objectives, which are then cascaded to all employees.
Lactalis has a rolling 5 year long term environmental improvement plan
Lactalis engages with Scottish enterprise and other bodies to identify energy efficiency and savings opportunities .
Current projects include:
- A plan to remove an effluent waste stream and reclaim the water from the effluent steam , recovering the water brought on site as a constituent of milk this will negate the need to bring fresh water on site and remove the requirement to pump effluent to the sea saving energy. This will possible use of sludge’s as feedstock for onsite AD to produce bio gas or to be used in the production of bio diesel.
- Introduction of vehicle management system for milk collection vehicles.
- Introduction of fork lift management software on FLT fleet to increase efficiency and reduce energy use.
- Ongoing measurement and control of energy use inlcudig the establishment of a CHP schemse to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.