Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

A 'grand' investment in the environment (1/09/2011)

Cargill strives to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and keep its footprint to a minimum. At the cocoa and chocolate plant in Grand Quevilly, near Rouen, France, we have invested 6 million euros since 2005 in environmental improvements. The community can attest to the results.

The Grand Quevilly plant is a full-range facility that processes cocoa beans and produces quality cocoa powder, liquor, butter and chocolate. Our investments in new technologies were aimed at reducing air pollution, especially volatile organic compounds and odour, decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving water management and waste. At the conclusion of the project, emissions of volatile organic compounds had been reduced by 99 percent and odours by 85 percent. In addition, a 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions was achieved, in part by sourcing beans in bulk directly from the port of Rouen to the factory.

The project was recently concluded with an environmental meeting. Among those present were the sub-prefect, the mayors of Grand Quevilly and Petit Couronne, community residents and delegates from environmental and safety bodies. We were commended for the improvements, especially in terms of odour, and for our employees' dedication to environmental innovation.

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