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A4E: Nestlé explains its approach to sustainable manufacturing

30 August 2013

Nestlé’s sustainability manager, Andrew Griffiths, will be discussing the company’s long term environmental strategy at this year’s Appetite for Engineering (A4E) conference.

The event, which takes place on 25 September 2013 at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, has already attracted top level speakers from the food & beverage industry including Heineken, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Branston.

Nestle’s site at Newcastle Upon Tyne has been structured as its ‘Lighthouse site’ for environmental sustainability. This approach is based on developing and implementing aspects of its environmental strategy for subsequent ‘blueprinting’ and roll out across its other UK sites as appropriate.

Andrew’s A4E presentation will provide an overview of the environmental strategy that has been developed and employed at this site, along with an insight into implementation of an anaerobic digestion facility to process by products and waste products. This operates alongside the site’s zero waste to landfill status and waste reduction at source strategy and processes both liquid effluent and solid waste in an advanced bioreactor to produce biogas. This is processed through a micro CHP to produce electrical and thermal energy for the site. The other outputs from this process are ‘water’ to effluent and land improver.

Andrew Griffiths is currently the sustainability manager for Nestlé UK at its Lighthouse site for environmental sustainability in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

This site is being used to develop and implement the blueprint strategy and supporting models for environmental sustainability across Nestle UK & Ireland. A chartered engineer (MIET) and associate member of IEMA, Andrew has worked for Nestlé for 15 years, principally in operations and engineering management roles. Prior to joining Nestlé, he worked in the electronics manufacturing industry.

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