AN EXAMPLE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY APPLIED TO THE MEAT INDUSTRY
Cogeneration is an integral part of a firm environmental sustainability commitment the company has long embraced and which requires substantial and constant amounts of electrical and thermal energy for its production processes.
Inalca is very keen on the importance of energy efficiency as source of competitiveness.
Inalca is part of the Cremonini Group, leader in Italy in bovine meat and meat-based processed foods. Born in 1963, today the Cremonini Group is one of Europe’s most important industrial food realities.
The company relies upon 6 specialized plants that make use of modern production technology and advanced safety systems.
The Ospedaletto Lodigiano industrial complex is Europe’s greatest and most modern plant for the slaughtering and processing of bovine meats; it is a structure that requires large amounts of energy to operate, and, in particular, simultaneous use of electricity and both hot and cold water for its production processes, including for washing equipment/machinery.
In 2010, Inalca inaugurated a biogas system at its Ospedaletto Lodigiano (LO) plant, destined to produce energy from renewable sources, primarily constituted by biomasses and slaughtering by-products.
The Inalca project achieved its objective of drastically reducing products to be sent to landfill, through the implementation of a virtuous process that permits the re-use of waste materials and their transformation into energy. Furthermore, the thermal energy produced (heat) is entirely reused for digesters (which work at a constant 40° temperature), on-site hot water production, and drying of the digested products.
1,300 TEP of petroleum consumption avoided per year.
3,000 TONS of CO2 emission saved from the environment per year.