Securing sufficient, high quality freshwater is essential to our business strategy. Our investments help us to reduce loads on river basins where we operate and to reduce the physical and commercial risks associated with reliance on imported freshwater.
We commissioned a new water recovery plant at Davidstow to treat process water to a high standard suitable for reuse within the Creamery.
The plant is designed to recover 1.7 million litres per day – equivalent to the daily needs of around 11,000 people. The reuse of treated water enables the manufacture of new products without significantly increasing freshwater imports by recovering up to 70% of the site’s water needs.
We were proud to have this investment recognised as winners of the Best Contribution to Resource Efficiency at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards.
Combined with other efficiency initiatives, we achieved an annual reduction in relative abstraction of 21.1% or 40.2% reduction compared to our original baseline.
The production of one litre of milk typically requires 6 litres of water. Efficient use of water on farm is therefore essential to production of our main ingredient. We assist our supplying farmers in measuring and managing water through the ‘Waterwell’ initiative.
In 2015 Business in the Community and Dairy Crest brought together a group of business leaders to explore how business can act on water stewardship. This important Prince’s ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit helped to highlight the food industry’s role in this area.