A sustainable partnership has been launched to use CO2 from an industrial process into a valuable ingredient for the food and drinks industry.
The purification plant for the gas has been built by BOC within a starch and sweetener facility in Manchester’s Trafford park operated by Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services.
One of the processes at the Cargill site is ethanol production, which includes a wheat fermentation process that produces raw CO2 as a by-product. BOC captures, purifies and liquefies the gas to be used for chilling and freezing as well as carbonating and dispensing drinks.
Both companies have committed to a long-term partnership and to building a thriving business.
“Cargill aims to be the most trusted source of sustainable products and services, and this agreement is another step towards reaching that goal. By being a part of this innovative project, which allows us to repurpose and recycle almost all of the CO2 side stream at Cargill Manchester, we are contributing to the environmental sustainability of our site,” said Cargill plant manager Paul Kingston, (pictured right) with UK head of BOC Oliver Pfann (left) and Trafford Borough councillor Sean Anstee.
During the past decade, Cargill has reduced greenhouse gas intensity by 9% and increased energy efficiency in its operations by 16%. The company has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas intensity by a further 5% and to improve energy efficiency by the same percentage by 2020.
“BOC is delighted to be working with Cargill and to be supporting them on their sustainability journey. Carbon dioxide is a vital ingredient in the food and beverage industry, for example freezing pizzas, making soft drinks sparkle and keeping packaged foods fresh. This new plant will help ensure a more secure supply of this important product for UK customers,” said Pfann.