MEXICO – American animal nutrition company Alltech is adopting green energy at its production plant in Serdán, Mexico in an effort to considerably mitigate its environmental impact.
The energy system includes the company’s first global renewable energy project, a photovoltaic solar energy system and a new source of compressed natural gas.
Alltech in a statement noted that the new photovoltaic solar system — designed by the Spanish multinational electric utility company Iberdrola — will cover 46% of the Alltech Serdán plant’s energy needs.
This will result in an energy savings of 22% in the first year, and an annual reduction of 20% of its CO₂-eq emissions (665 fewer tons of CO₂-eq emissions), according to Alltech
“Alltech strives to have a positive impact in the 350 global communities in which we live and work, and our team in Serdán has long been exemplary in this regard,” said Alltech’s president and CEO Dr. Mark Lyons.
“Today, they have taken a tremendous step forward in advancing our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.”
Alltech says that newly installed compressed natural gas is a more environmentally friendly fuel, which will further contribute to a reduction in its environmental impact.
Designed with the Enepres, this new energy source, unlike liquified petroleum gas, emits 30% less carbon dioxide (CO₂) and 65% less carbon monoxide (CO).
The company expects that that transition will enable it to achieve a 17% of its CO₂-eq emissions (570 fewer tons of CO₂-eq).
Achieving 2030 carbon emission targets
Alltech noted that the new energy system and transition to natural compressed gas are representative of Alltech’s efforts to achieve its emission reduction goals by 2030.
They also support its goal deliver on its commitment to several UN Sustainable Development Goals and achieving its vision of a sustainable animal farming industry.
“These projects readily demonstrate Alltech’s interest in investing significantly in energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Paul Kilgallen, Alltech Serdán plant manager.
“The initiatives support our efforts to offer sustainable solutions that optimize the productivity of livestock producers, and at the same time, uphold the social responsibility we have as a business and as an industry.”
The Serdán plant produces products which are at the core of our Planet of Plenty™ vision, which aims to improve animal welfare and feed efficiency, while ensuring nutrition for all and reducing environmental impact.
For example, De-Odorase® product which is produced at the plant is sustainably sourced with the team at Serdán team replanting yucca plants — three for each one harvested in the production.
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