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FanMilk PLC inaugurates €7m green projects

BY: Maclean Kwofi
Christian Stammkoetter (right), President, Danone, assisted by Dr Kwadwo Afriyie (left), Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, to cut the tape to inaugurate the Wastewater Treatment plant

FanMilk PLC, a Danone Company, has inaugurated three green projects at its North Industrial Area Plant in Accra in line with global efforts to accelerate net zero carbon emissions.

Built at a total cost of €7 million, the projects, a Wastewater Treatment Plant, Biomass Boiler and Solar Power Installation, are a demonstration of Danone’s ‘One Planet One Health’ vision and reinforce the company’s leadership in sustainability in Ghana and globally.

At the launch of the projects in Accra on October 7, the President of Danone in-charge of Africa, Asia and Middle East, Christian Stammkoetter, observed that the world was witnessing the unprecedented effects of climate change all over the globe.

He said it had become critical for all in the world to join hands and protect planet earth and achieve sustainability through the right policies and technological innovations, both in the private and public sector.

“At Danone, we believe that we can have a collective impact by working together to ensure that any economic rebound after the pandemic is both planet-friendly and socially inclusive; and by encouraging everyone to contribute to sustainable performance and impact.

“These green projects we unveil today are our contribution to protecting the environment and the planet,” he said.

Impact

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, said FanMilk Ghana had lived up to its promise of providing improved lives for the people.

“It is living its promise by not only producing nutritional products for Ghanaians but also, directly and indirectly, employing thousands of the citizens and helping alleviate unemployment in this country.

“The government is pleased with your effort in this regard, and we are hopeful that by the establishment of these new sustainable environment projects, you will continue to do even more in the area of environment and technology for the country at large,” he said.

Expansion drive

The investments are in line with Danone’s expansion drive and the company’s One Planet, One Health vision.

The Wastewater treatment plant will ensure that only clean water from the factory is discharged into the environment.

The quality of the final discharge will accelerate the regeneration and sustenance of the Odaw River to promote other forms of life for river bodies.

Also, the solid waste generated from the plant can be used as manure, thereby improving the agricultural ecosystem in support of a broader objective of encouraging regenerative agriculture.

The discharge effluents will also comply with Danone’s strict clean water standards.

Solar Power Installation

The Solar Power Installation at the industrial area factory, offices and the various regional distribution centres is in pursuance of the company’s global strategy of reducing dependency on conventional energy sources and increasing the use of renewable energies.

With the new biomass boiler, FanMilk will now switch from using diesel as its fuel source to a multi-fuel system that uses palm kernel shell or wooden chips to cater for the factory’s steaming requirement of 1,800kg/h.

Social progress

The General Manager of FanMilk West Africa, Ziobeieton Yeo, said for more than 60 years, the company had been led by the belief in this dual mission that economic progress and social progress went hand-in-hand.

“As a purpose-led organisation, we champion a more emotionally balanced, healthier, socially progressive society while protecting the environment.

“The project is a demonstration of our deep level of commitment to the cause of saving the earth while creating jobs through our unique business model. All of these green projects will go a long way to help our pursuit,” he said.