BOC, a member of The Linde Group, opened its first UK carbon dioxide (CO2) purification plant in Manchester today.
Built on leading food company Cargill’s Trafford Park site in Greater Manchester, the industrial symbiosis project will help achieve zero waste, as the Tier One company will capture and purify 100% of Cargill’s waste CO2 and convert it into food and beverage grade liquid CO2 for chilling and freezing as well as carbonating and dispensing drinks. The partnership between the two companies was first formed in September 2015.
The waste CO2 is a by-product of Cargill’s wheat fermentation process, which produces ethanol (potable alcohol) for consumer products such as perfumes, mouthwash and beverages.
Oliver Pfann, Head of BOC UK, Ireland and Africa, said BOC is delighted to be working with Cargill and to be supporting them on their sustainability journey, adding, “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.”
In 2016, the UK government set an ambitious new target to cut carbon emissions to 57% of 1990 levels by 2030. To meet this target, businesses must adapt and find innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint. For Cargill and BOC, this translates into a focus on using energy more efficiently, reducing greenhouse gases, drawing power from renewable energy sources and using water efficiently.