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Tate & Lyle cuts carbon footprint with pioneering biomass boiler

Tate & Lyle’s East London refinery is pioneering a new biomass boiler in UK food and drink industry, considering it a first of its kind, will cut carbon emissions by 70 per cent in less than two years. Ian Bacon, chief executive for Tate & Lyle Sugars, said: “At Tate & Lyle we have an overall target to reduce energy consumption by 3 per cent per annum and this has been in place since 2000”.

Thames refinery, part of Tate & Lyle’s group-wide environmental and energy saving measures has reduced energy consumption per unit of output by 1.2 per cent, water consumption by 2.5 per cent, and non-hazardous solid waste consumption by 29.5 per cent in the previous year.

A new Tate & Lyle corn processing facility in Iowa, which will come on stream by March 2009, is also utilizing a similar boiler design. An Environmental Ambition the previous month was launched by the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF), setting out where its members thought they could make a difference to the environment.

Aiming 20 per cent absolute reduction in carbon emissions by 2010 compared to 1990 was to be reached and to exhibit leadership by aiming to a 30 per cent reduction by 2020. Potato processing company McCain Food is an environmentally friendly company investing £10m in new technology to make significant changes. Renewable energy sources at factory outside Peterborough will soon furnish 70 per cent of its annual electricity needs, dropping the company’s carbon dioxide emissions by 20,000 tonnes per year.

Temporarily, average 60 per cent of the electricity required to operate the plant over the year as a whole will be supplied by three wind turbines at its Whittlesey plant.

This would be a very good step taken by Tate & Lyle. Wind energy has a huge potential and its needs proper tapping from different countries of the world. It is heartening to see that companies are realizing its value and are working to rope in the wind energy in commercial usage.

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