Branston are among the first companies to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Water in recognition of the ongoing and industry-leading work they are undertaking to conserve their water supply.
Branston was one of the first four organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Water, helping to pilot the methodology. This made them the first in their industry to obtain independent certification that they are taking action to measure, manage and reduce water use year on year.
Branston uses large volumes of water to wash the thousands of tonnes of potatoes that it packs each year, so water is a high priority for the business. Working closely with the local Environment Agency, the team undertook extensive investigation, including a water balance to account for every cubic metre in and out of the site and drawing up a water map, before investing in a state-of-the-art membrane bioreactor water recycling plant (MBR) for their Lincoln site. The plant has enabled them to reduce mains water consumption by around 60% as well as reducing the quantity and improving the quality of the effluent leaving the site.
Branston was so impressed by the savings that it invested in a similar MBR plant at the South West site in Somerset. With additional storage capacity and 24/7 operating capability it means that the site runs predominantly on borehole water, with mains supply only used for topping up. Mains water consumption has been reduced by over 60% and the company is not contributing to water stress in the area. It all fits with their commitment to long-term sustainability, not just for the business, but the wider environment.
Vidyanath Gururajan, IT & Projects Director, Branston, at the Carbon Trust Standard for Water launch.
Over the past few years we've invested in some major initiatives to conserve our resources, and in 2008 we were first in the food and agriculture sector to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. We appreciate the independent endorsement of the Carbon Trust and we are delighted to be one of the first companies to be awarded the Carbon Trust Water Standard in recognition of the ongoing and industry-leading work we are undertaking to conserve our water supply.
Graeme Beattie, Managing Director of Branston
Vidyanath Gururajan, IT & Projects Director, Branston, speaks about how Branston have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for Water: