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Fighting climate change in the plant

Decarbonising our plants by doing more with less.

We operate across 27 plants in 10 countries and produce around five million tonnes of sugar each year.

The harvested sugar beet or sugar cane is delivered to our plants by our LOCAL CHAMPIONS, and we begin working to produce sugar for a range of food and drink products, as well as valuable co-products such as electricity, animal feed, bioethanol and much more.

 

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Where do our emissions come from within the plant

In the plant contributes to approximately a third of our carbon emissions in areas such as:

  • Slicing and crushing the crop
  • Extraction and evaporation
  • Crystallisation
  • Cooling and drying the sugar.

 

 

Water within the plant

It helps that sugar beet and sugar cane is made up of around 70% water as we reuse this in the extraction process.

Our actions in the plant

Take a look at some of our latest stories on how our LOCAL CHAMPIONS are decarbonising our plants​:

Diving deep into data to save water waste

Graham Wright

Environment Manager - Newark factory

British Sugar

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