With the World Environment Day around the corner, on 5th June 2021, the Dr Oetker Company, a European Legacy in Cakes, Pizzas, Sandwiches and Subs (or an EU Legacy in Pleasure Food since 1891), through Group’s Global Sustainability Charter has adopted measures in India to preserve the ecology of the country.
Major Focus of Dr Oetker
Dr Oetker’s Global Sustainability Charter is concentrated on 3 dimensions – Food, World, and Community. Numerous projects focussed on supporting the consumer’s need for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, achieving climate neutrality, and ensuring employee expectations regarding the environmental and social obligations of their employer are met, are underway globally and in India too.
Commenting on the Sustainability Charter, Oliver Mirza, CEO and Managing Director, Dr Oetker Indian Subcontinent, said, “As a socially responsible organization, the Dr Oetker Company recognizes its responsibility towards people and therefore the planet. By rolling out the Dr Oetker Sustainability Charter, we keep our consumers’ need for a conscious lifestyle in mind, work towards ensuring fair and sustainable conditions along the supply chain, and minimizing our ecological footprint. All this, while we, at Dr Oetker, still produce high-quality pleasure food for sustainable moments of enjoyment, and offer the consumers more and more relevant solutions round the product ranges.”
For Dr Oetker building a food processing plant that needs huge quantities of water within the dry state of Rajasthan was unthinkable (or better irresponsible). Right from the outset, the development team was briefed on the importance of undertaking water and energy conservation measures.
Measures to conserve energy
The sprawling plant across 14 acres with a producing capacity of over 50,000 tonnes, ensures zero discharge production. All effluents produced during the manufacturing process are treated and reused within the factory premises. additionally , the main target has been on harvesting rainwater and therefore the plant annually harvests over 1,00,000 tonnes. In an attempt to scale back water consumption, over 50kl of water per day is saved just by adopting air-cooled chillers and ensuring condensate recovery. The plant has actively put in measures to conserve energy and adopt gas wherever possible.
The glass was used extensively – with huge windows and skylights allowing natural light and reducing the dependence on LED lighting. Usage of glass was a challenge during the storms within the vast openness of Kaharani and once the skylight even flew off during construction. However, this measure alone has saved 100kwh of electricity daily.
“We also use double glazed windows throughout the plant not only in compliance with NBC guidelines but keeping in mind the necessity to conserve energy with airconditioning. For an equivalent reason, we’ve insulated the whole factory with a thick insulation layer. Natural gas is employed instead of diesel to run our boiler and bake lines. Every small step counts,” says Mirza.
The usage of LED lights within the facility reduced energy consumption by over 15 percent. The above-mentioned insulation of the whole building additionally to using double-glazed glass has reduced energy consumption by 25 percent.
Besides water, effluent, and energy measures, Dr Oetker has been committed to reducing plastic waste with a pledge to process 1020 metric tonnes of plastic waste by 2021. Creating a core team that’s focused on this has helped. a complete of two .16 metric tonnes of plastic usage and 1 metric tonne of paper usage has been reduced thanks to optimization of packaging material to scale back waste.
Another team is concentrated on creating innovative products that provide our consumers indulgent food experiences whilst catering to healthier and sustainable lifestyles e.g. MSG(Monosodium Glutamate) which is typically used as a flavor enhancer, has been eliminated from the whole product range.
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