Mar 14, 2017

Manufacturers must work harder to reduce food wastage

Nell Walker
3 min
A global coalition dedicated to dramatically reducing worldwide food waste by 2030, Champions 12.3, has relea...

A global coalition dedicated to dramatically reducing worldwide food waste by 2030, Champions 12.3, has released research demonstrating how organisations can save $14 for every $1 invested in reducing food waste.

Having analysed data from 1,200 business sites owned by 700 organisations across the food supply chain, Champions 12.3 found that half of the business involved achieved at least a 14:1 return of investment from food waste reduction measures. Almost every one of the companies assessed achieved a positive ROI.

The manufacturing sector is accountable for much of the easily preventable food waste in the British food supply chain, according to WRAP; 0.9 million tons of food are wasted annually in the UK, worth £1.2 billion, which is more than double what retail wastes. While some organisations claim this is inevitable, WRAP insists that it is all avoidable.

InfinityQS, the quality management software firm, stated that this makes manufacturing a good starting point for businesses looking to save money and reduce hard to the environment. David Gurr, Account Manager at the company, commented on the research and its implications:

David Gurr, Account Manager at InfinityQS, commented on the research and its implications: “The moral imperative for reducing food waste is clear: a billion people go to bed hungry every night whilst a third of the food produced globally is wasted. However, there has never been such a transparent demonstration of how this issue belongs on the CFO’s, and indeed the CEO’s, agenda – there are serious savings to be made here, and WRAP have identified manufacturing process as a smart place to start making a high impact.

“During the manufacturing process, food waste often occurs due to errors which result in food products not meeting the required specifications, and therefore being rendered unfit for purpose. Contamination can also taint food product, making it unusable. Between these and other manufacturing errors, the manufacturing process creates 0.9 million tonnes of unnecessary food waste every year.

“Manufacturers can prevent this expensive and damaging waste of food resources by ensuring they have the right measures in place to guarantee the quality of their product at each stage of the production process. It is also key to be able to identify and isolate incidences of error when they do occur – for example, if a manufacturer can identify which specific batch of food was contaminated by an error, it doesn’t need to recall a whole product line.

“As organisations come under more scrutiny for their sustainability credentials, it pays both financially and ethically to work out ways to reduce food waste. Reducing waste in manufacturing by implementing sophisticated quality management processes is an impactful place to start.”


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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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