Greek dairy company Kri Kri is implementing an investment of 4.5 million euros for the creation of a state-of-the-art facility in the area of its other facilities in Serres, in the context of its transition to the cyclical model of Sustainable Development and Prosperity.
The unit will produce biogas using exclusively as a raw material the liquid waste of the ice cream and dairy plant as well as the whey resulting from the draining of yogurt. The produced biogas will then be led to the 998kW cogeneration unit. Electricity will be made available to the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, while the generated heat will be utilized within the facilities, helping to reduce the use of natural gas.
The environmental benefits of the investment are projected to be manifold. The reduction of the annual CO2 emissions in the factory is estimated at 800 tons per year, due to the coverage of the thermal needs by 21%. The estimated annual production of clean electricity amounts to 7,500 MWh, which is the amount of energy required to meet the needs of more than 2,000 households. Finally, it is estimated that a reduction in consumption of 80,000 liters of oil per year will be achieved by stopping the transfer of whey by truck-tanks to third party units.
Furthermore, the investment is going to contribute significantly to the national economy, as well as to the local community of Serres since a significant number of new jobs will be created.
The President and CEO of Kri Kri, Panagiotis Tsinavos, said: “We at Kri Kri recognize that in order for our society to continue to grow and to ensure the adequacy of natural resources, a new economic growth model must be followed that will reduce waste, but will also reduce the need for new resources to be raised at great economic and environmental cost. In this context, we are creating the state-of-the-art anaerobic treatment plant, an investment of 4.5 million euros, which is going to bring multiple benefits not only for the company, but mainly for the environment and the national economy “.
Anaerobic treatment is the most technologically appropriate solution in the world for the management of agro-industrial waste, where the reduction of the pollutant load is achieved in an environmentally friendly way, with simultaneous production of biogas. Biogas is a clean and renewable energy source that helps fight climate change and global warming.
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