GHANA – Fan Milk Ghana, a subsidiary of multinational food-products corporation Danone, has inaugurated three green projects at its North Industrial Area Plant in Accra in line with its parent company’s global efforts to accelerate to net zero carbon emissions and preserve and restore water resources.

Established at a total cost of seven million Euros (US$6.8m), the wastewater treatment plant, biomass boiler, and solar power installations, demonstrates Danone’s ‘One Planet One Health’ vision and reinforce the company’s leadership in sustainability in Ghana and globally.

Speaking at the launch of the projects, Christian Stammkoetter, Danone’s Africa, Asia, and Middle East President said “We are all witnessing the unprecedented effects of climate change all over the globe.

“It has become critical for us all in the world to join hands and protect planet earth and achieve sustainability through the right policies and technological innovations, both in the private and public sector.

“At Danone, we believe that we can have a collective impact by working together to ensure that any economic rebound after the pandemic is both planet-friendly and socially inclusive; and by encouraging everyone to contribute to sustainable performance and impact.”

The wastewater treatment plant will ensure that only clean water from the factory is discharged into the environment, accelerating the regeneration and sustenance of the Odaw River to promote other forms of life for river bodies.

Also, the solid waste generated from the plant can be used as manure thereby improving the agricultural ecosystem in support of a broader objective of encouraging regenerative agriculture.

This is in line with Danone’s commitment aimed to drive water circularity in and around its production sites by 2030 through implementing 100% of 3R approach i.e., reduce, reuse and recycle. Also, it seeks to assure second life by discharging always discharging clean water.

Meanwhile, the solar power installations at the Industrial area factory, offices, and the various regional distribution centers, are in pursuance of the company’s global strategy of reducing dependency on conventional energy sources and increasing the use of renewable energies.

With the new biomass boiler, FanMilk will now switch from using diesel as its fuel source to a multi-fuel system that uses palm kernel shells or wooden chips to cater to the factory’s steaming requirement of 1,800kg/h.

As part of its journey towards carbon neutrality, Danone is committing to zero net carbon emissions by 2050. 

The General Manager of FanMilk West Africa, Ziobeieton Yeo, said, “This commissioning is a demonstration of our deep level of commitment to the cause of saving the earth while creating jobs through our unique business model. All of these Green Projects will go a long way to help our pursuit.”

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