Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) has found a way to reduce the fresh water consumption of its tuna facilities by as much as 30% last year.
“In line with our commitment to become a more sustainable and responsible company, we are taking the necessary steps to improve our natural resource efficiency.We know how precious water is, especially now when the country needs it more to combat the pandemic via health and hygiene practices,” said Teddy Kho, VP and general manager of Century Pacific’s tuna OEM business.
CNPF’s manufacturing plant in General Santos City, which produces the flagship brand Century Tuna, consumed a total of 2.2 billion liters of water in 2019,about 30 percent of which was used for thawing frozen tuna.
The company saw an opportunity here to drastically reduce its water use by designing a first-of-its-kind thawing method that has decreased the water the plant uses for thawing frozen tuna by half.
CNPH has conserved 660 million liters of water annually from this initiative and other water reduction projects.
“Our formula is simple: Reduce, Reheat, Reuse. We will continue to look for ways to continue our sustainability strategy and accelerate initiatives that contribute to protecting the environment,” said Kho.
To support its commitment to lessen greenhouse gas emissions,the company earlier approved a 4.5 megawatt solar project in General Santos, its largest manufacturing base.
Solar panels are being installed on the roofs of all its facilities in the area.This will allow CNPF to source almost 15% of its overall power requirements through renewable energy and reduce its emissions by around 123,900 metric tons.
The panels are on-track to be online by middle of this year.