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known to contribute to human-caused climate change, "
said Gopi Sandhu, vice president of environmental sustainability,
Nestlé Purina PetCare, St. Louis. " Using renewable
energy in our operations is an important part of
achieving Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050
and a more sustainable future for people and pets. "
A commitment to sustainability efforts can also lead
to an improved reputation with pet owners. In the pet
food industry specifically, sustainability can be a major
differentiator for brands, as pet owners are increasingly
interested in products that have a minimal impact on
the environment.
" Despite perhaps not being the first driver in pet
parents' pet food choices, sustainability remains an
important consideration for many, " explained Rune
Joergensen, head of sustainability and ESG, Chr.
Hansen, Hørsholm, Denmark. " Pet parents are responsive
to brands communicating their efforts to become
greener and being at the forefront of such initiatives, although
there is still a major gap in pet parents' ability to
link sustainability and pet food. "
In addition, transitioning to renewable energy can
help pet food companies save money in the long run.
While the initial investment in renewable energy infrastructure
can be significant, the operating costs are often
lower than traditional systems.
" After spending the money upfront, you can lower
cost in the future, " said Steven Morasch, founder and
chief financial officer, Northwest Naturals, Portland,
Ore. " At this time of rising fuel costs, renewables can cut
processing expenses, which are then passed along to the
end consumer. "
Switching to renewable energy can also provide other
benefits to pet food companies, including energy independence
and improved resiliency. In the event of a
power outage or other disruption, pet food companies
that have their own renewable energy sources can continue
to operate without interruption.
" Renewable energy provides many direct and indirect
benefits to facilities, " said Brian Hafendorfer, director,
A/E services, Gray Construction, Lexington, Ky. " These
include reducing strain on the grid and infrastructure
and allowing users access to energy in developing countries
or areas that do not have access to reliable power. "
Renewable energy in practice
When it comes to implementing renewable energy, there
are a number of options available to pet food companies.
In order to make the switch, companies must first assess
their energy needs and then determine which renewable
energy source or sources would be the best fit.
" Common systems in food processing operations include
solar power, solar hot water, wind power, hydroelectric
and geothermal
systems, " Hafendorfer
said. " Depending on the
system, building size and
type, availability of roof
or
land,
these
systems
can be located both on
site or at another location
that is connected to the
electrical grid. "
Purina is one example
of a pet food company
that has invested heavily
in renewable energy.
In partnership with Gray
Construction, the company
is in the process of
developing two new state-of-the art facilities that are designed
with sustainability at the forefront.
The first facility is a $550 million, 1.2 million-squarefoot
greenfield plant in Williamsburg Township, Ohio,
that will produce many of Purina's leading dry dog and
cat food brands. The second is a $450 million renovation
of a former brewery in Eden, NC, that will span 1.3 million
square feet and employ more than 300 people.
With production processes designed to recover and
reuse heat and water, both new operations are being
built with sustainability in mind. In addition, the company
is working to ensure that the facilities are powered
entirely by renewable energy in the shortest time frame
possible. This is part of Purina's ongoing effort to achieve
zero environmental impact throughout its operations.
" The energy we use at our sites consists of both electricity
and the direct combustion of fuels - primarily
natural gas, " Sandhu said. " We refer to the latter as
'thermal' energy. At Purina we are working to complete
the transition of our sites to 100% renewable electricity
by 2025, while actively exploring options for renewable
thermal energy. As of today, over 70% of Purina's electricity
in the US is attributed to renewable sources, such
as solar, wind and hydropower. "
Northwest Naturals is another pet food company that
has made the switch to renewable energy. The company
" At this time of rising fuel costs,
renewables can cut processing
expenses, which are then passed
along to the end consumer. "
Steven Morasch, Northwest Naturals
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Northwest Naturals
promotes its
sustainability efforts
on packaging with
its " eco-friendly
manufacturing " logo.
Northwest Naturals
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