Teys reduces carbon footprint with waste water treatment upgrade

Beef Central, 25/06/2015

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Teys Australia has commissioned its new Beenleigh waste water treatment facility which substantially reduces the plant’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The region’s largest employer, Teys Australia now lists four plants nationwide which convert waste and effluent into clean, renewable energy.

cargill teys logoIn a project which started in 2013, Beenleigh’s waste water treatment facility can now generate, capture and deliver renewable energy back to the site, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 33,000 carbon-equivalent tonnes, the equivalent of removing 11,000 cars off the road yearly.

“Our aim is to use less energy and water in our operations, create a more efficient business and continually strive to do more with less,” Teys group manager corporate affairs and environment, Charles Hollingworth said.

By building new state-of-the-art enclosed lagoons, the Beenleigh facility is able to deliver improved water quality after treatment resulting in a significant improvement in many environmental benchmarks.

“The methane gas emitted during the treatment process is then captured and used to generate heat in our boilers, cutting the facility’s natural gas consumption by 30pc,” Mr Hollingworth said.

Major water recycling initiatives at the Beenleigh plant were another key part of Teys’ environmental commitment. Through its utilities reduction program, Teys has dramatically reduced daily water consumption at the Beenleigh site by 30pc.

“It is part of our ongoing investment to strengthen the future for our Beenleigh facility, which contributes around 1800 jobs to the Queensland economy when flow-on effects are considered,” Mr Hollingworth said.

Waterford MP and Queensland communities minister Shannon Fentiman applauded the new initiative.

“Teys Australia has been a presence in the Beenleigh community, creating local jobs and contributing to our economy, since 1946. This water treatment plant is testament to their commitment to our community and the environment,” Ms Fentiman said in a statement.

Teys Australia has three other processing plants across Queensland and New South Wales employing the same innovative and industry-leading technology.





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