The Netherlands: Danone and Veolia innovate in resource management

Posted on 04 August 2020.

In March 2019, Danone, in partnership with Veolia, officially opened a new-generation plant in the Netherlands. Its Nutricia Haps production site, producing infant formula, has implemented an entirely new approach to natural resource management.

 This new production site reflects our strong belief that human health and the health of the planet are interconnected.

When two leaders in their respective sectors join forces to better manage the planet's resources, the result is the Nutricia Haps industrial site. This is one of the many achievements of the two groups’ alliance which aims to develop the circular economy.

Here, every effort is made to optimize natural resource management. For a period of ten years, Veolia will supply all the industrial utilities needed to manufacture the plant's infant formula products: air, steam and water. Through its remote Hubgrade™ control center, the Group is exploiting the potential of the latest technologies to optimize resources and avoid wasteIn practical terms, the center collects data in real time from the Nutricia Cuijk site: temperature, flow, pressure, peak consumption, etc. To monitor and improve for example on how can heat and water recovery be improved? How can resources be conserved? Industry is a resource-intensive sector. For example, according to the the Eurostat institute, European plants consume about 10% of the world's water withdrawals.

Zero carbon footprint goal

But at Nutricia Haps, the vision of the Danone-Veolia alliance goes beyond resource management. Together, the two companies hope to drastically reduce the site's CO2 emissions.

Danone's challenge? Achieving a zero carbon footprint by 2050. "This new Nutricia Cuijk production site reflects our strong belief that human health and the health of the planet are interconnected," explains David Boulanger, senior vice president in charge of operations at Danone's Specialty Nutrition division. “While producing specialized infant milk formula, we’re doing our utmost to preserve a healthy and clean environment for future generations."