- milk tanker drivers, trained in eco-driving
- million fewer sprayings
- metric tons of packaging saved
Saving precious resources
Fuel for the lorries, electricity and gas, water, packaging – each of these is used every day by Eurial employees. To limit its impact on the environment, the Group has established best practice, from milk collection through to product packaging.
Eco-driving – a real plus for the environment
Each year, Eurial reduces its impact on the environment. In 8 years, the group has thus saved:
- 350,000 litres of diesel
- which is 1,000 tons of CO2
- or the equivalent of the emissions of 550 cars
Since 2002, the group’s 160 milk tanker drivers have received regular training in eco-driving.
Over 4 million fewer sprayings
Our product manufacturing processes are designed to limit the use of water. In 2010, at the 4 biggest production factories (Belleville, Herbignac, Luçon and Soignon),
200,000 m3 of water have been saved, which is the equivalent of 4,000,000 sprayings.
Eco-design privileges natural materials
Eurial has been engaged in an eco-design process since 2009, to offer its customers high-quality packaging that’s more respectful of the environment.
The Eurial eco-design charter has 5 priorities:
- To reduce the tonnage of packaging put on the market
- To encourage the use of renewable, recycled and recyclable materials
- To minimize the use of substances having a strong impact on the environment (PVC, inks, glue)
- To reduce the impact of transporting and storing our products
- Recovery of industrial waste from our sites
In 2012: 17 metric tons of packaging saved
From now on:
- 100% of packaging is PVC-free
- 84% of the new paper or card packaging developed is from sustainably-managed forest
- 100% of flat cardboards contain recycled fibres
Methanization: farmers make a start
Christophe Guibert, a dairy farmer from Les Brouzils (85), is involved in the creation of a methanization unit, together with 40 farmers representing 17 farms. “This project is the result of efforts made by several farmers”, he explains. “We decided to join forces."
They associated with local industrials to bring the project to fruition. The organic matter provided by the farms and industrial sites will be stored on the site. As they go through the digester, they will produce gas which will be purified, then sold and injected into the gas network to meet local needs. The residues -odourless since the methane has been extracted – will be used for manuring.
“This is a local project which will encourage the creation of 4 full-time equivalent jobs”, enthuses Christophe Guibert. “40,000 metric tons of matter from within a 15 km radius will be processed each year, to produce 1.2 MWh – which is the gas consumption of 5,000 inhabitants.” The project should see the light of day by late 2015.
An economic, ecological boiler
Pasteurisation, drying… energy is consumed in the course of the various stages of manufacturing pizza cheese and processing powders. The Herbignac site (44) used to use gas. Thanks to its new biomass boiler, the primary energy source is now wood.
A highly efficient dust removal system will enable the site to reduce its CO2 emissions by 15,000 metric tons per year.
Issuing from within a radius of fewer than 100 kilometres, two types of wood will be used: woodchip from woodland from pruning and thinning operations and waste wood, or pellets made from recovered sawdust and shavings compressed into sticks.