Nestlé’s Fawdon factory (pictured), near Newcastle in the UK, is the location of a new anaerobic digestion (AD) system that produces biogas for the on-site combined heat and power plant.
Home to famous brands such as Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, Rolo and Toffee Crisp, the Fawdon site saw an investment of more than £3.2 million ($4.8 million) for the installation of the anaerobic digestion plant. Biogas created from the waste treatment fuels an engine which produces 200 kWe, equating to some 8% of the factory’s power with plans to achieve 10% renewable energy use in 2015.
The AD plant tackles around 1200 tonnes of food waste a year and over 200,000 litres per day of raw material. Commenting, Nestlé‘s Head of Sustainability, Inder Poonaji, said: ‘On-site treatment of production waste is helping us to reduce the wider environmental impact of our business and meet our sustainability goals.’