CPF to manufacture foods based on Circular Economy principle
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CPF to manufacture foods based on Circular Economy principle

Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) is set to increase rations of renewable energy and promote sustainability in its value chain in line with the Circular Economy principle and the UN's sustainable development goals.

Mr. Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, senior vice president for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development of CPF, said the company has adopted the Circular Economy principle to optimise resource use efficiency.

He explained that CPF has proactively looked for solutions to reduce food loss and food waste generated in its business and to increase energy and water consumption efficiency as well as using more renewable energy and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, it has continuously reduced the use of single-use plastic throughout the company’s value chain and taken efforts to design environmental-friendly food packaging.

“As a leading food producer, CPF places high importance on safe and eco-friendly production,” said Mr. Wuthichai, “Balance of human life is closely linked to the balance of nature. People cannot live in sustainable prosperity without nature's abundant resources. Therefore, we must take care of the environment as we take care of ourselves.”

In order to contribute to the fight against the global plastic waste crisis, CPF is committed to contributing to solving plastic waste problems and optimising the use of resources, by developing a sustainable plastic packaging lifecycle. Currently, 100% of CPF’s plastic packages are reusable and recyclable.

CPF has developed effective water consumption throughout the production process based on the Circular Economy principle. For example, the Bang Sakao shrimp farm in Chanthaburi province and the Roi Phet shrimp farms in Rayong province, CPF's model closed shrimp farms, have applied the bio-floc system, which is a group of microbes capable of treating nitrogen solution produced from shrimp manure. The system reduces the need to refill water in shrimp ponds, leading to 70% reduction in water consumption compared to conventional shrimp farming.

Moreover, the company uses technologies to reduce water footprint. Recycled water from the water treatment process is filtered by the Ultra Filtration (UF) technology to refill shrimp ponds.

The company implements a range of projects and initiatives to support its determination to reduce food loss and food waste in the food production supply chain. CPF has a plan to start collecting such data from 2020 onward.

The data collection methodology will be adopted from that of the FAO, using broilers as the pilot unit to provide the best practice, which will later be implemented in other business units. It will also establish a policy framework to minimise food loss and food waste.

Mr. Wuthichai added that the company is committed to reducing environmental impacts resulting from climate change throughout the company’s value chain by promoting renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency.

Currently, Renewable energy accounts for 26% of the company’s total energy consumption. Biomass from waste materials e.g. scrap wood, sawdust and corn cob, is being used in livestock and aquaculture feed businesses as fuel for steam boilers to replace coal. Moreover, the company aims to be a Coal Free Operation by 2022.

All of CPF’s swine farms have transformed wastewater and manure through the water treatment system into biogas to generate electricity used on farms.

The practice has been expanded to CPF’s operations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

For Solar Power source, twenty-four of feed mills, food processing plants, ready-to-eat production plants, and distribution centres have installed solar rooftops to generate electricity for production process.

The total electricity generation capacity is 15 Megawatt. The solar rooftops are expected to be fully operated by 2020.

On environmental conservation, CPF in collaboration with the Royal Forest Department and local communities, has helped conserve, restore, and reforest the area around Khao Phraya Doen Tong of Lop Buri Province, covering 5,971 rai land area and absorbing 39,690 tons of CO2e yearly.

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