Water

Water is fundamental to everything we do. So managing it sustainably doesn’t just make sense, it’s essential.

Without water, our business cannot function. So it is in our interests, and the interests of the world, that we manage this finite resource intelligently. That’s why we put systems in place that dramatically reduce the water we use on site and deliver other benefits too.

With the support of our colleagues – each one now a committed ‘water steward’ – we squeeze maximum value from every drop, even recycling a significant volume under the Every Little Drop Programme.

Every drop saved is an investment in the future.

In late 2015, we launched a major water reduction programme across all of our Irish sites as part of a pilot group for the new European Water Stewardship Multi-Site and Catchment Group Scheme. Utilising their vigorous and robust systems, we assessed what needed to be done and measured our progress against agreed targets.

With our new controls in place, water is now better managed. Thanks to this initiative, in 2015 and 2016 water consumption dropped by 14% across all of our Irish sites.

We also introduced a programme where treated wastewater is now recycled for cleaning purposes (outside of production areas) at all our Irish facilities.

And, at Ellesmere, we are now recycling up to 40% of our water and returning the rest (in pristine condition) back into the environment.

Of course, this has impacts elsewhere, further reducing the burden on the environment. We now use less electricity to abstract and distribute our water. We need less chlorine and salt to treat the abstracted water. We require less chemicals to clean our boilers and heat exchangers and consume less fossil fuel to generate hot water, reducing our carbon footprint. And we have changed the way we look at water across the Group – turning each and every one of us into careful stewards of this very precious resource.

Community of Practice in Water Management.

In Ireland, ABP is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Lean Water Community of Practice Programme’. The programme has developed a national network of large water users across a variety of sectors and national organisations. The key aim is to ensure better water management practices across a variety of industries in Ireland.

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43% reduction at ABP Cahir

By end 2016, water consumption at ABP Cahir stood at 2.6m3/tonne - 43% less than the previous year

80% less water used

in knife sterilizers at ABP Rathkeale

Less water = less fossil fuel

Because we’re treating less wastewater we use less electricity

A first for APB Ireland

We’re proud to be the pilot group for the European Water Stewardship Multi-Site and Catchment Group Scheme

  • 43% reduction at ABP Cahir

    By end 2016, water consumption at ABP Cahir stood at 2.6m3/tonne - 43% less than the previous year

  • 80% less water used

    in knife sterilizers at ABP Rathkeale

  • Less water = less fossil fuel

    Because we’re treating less wastewater we use less electricity

  • A first for APB Ireland

    We’re proud to be the pilot group for the European Water Stewardship Multi-Site and Catchment Group Scheme

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