Our production sites are ISO certified for environmental management (Dawn Meats and Dunbia) and real-time performance is observed across the business through our Management System, with water metering systems in place to monitor consumption across site operations (e.g. Wastewater treatment plants, washing activities, food production, livestock welfare and amenities). Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are agreed and progress is shared through monthly calls, site reports and site operations meetings. This communication strategy provides insights into opportunities for improvement across our sites. As per our Environmental Sustainability Policy (Dawn Meats and Dunbia) we are committed to continuously achieving water intensity reductions.
We continuously optimise the efficient use of water across our sites through ongoing investment in technology, data management and online metering platforms to provide real-time information on water usage and allow for wastage and anomalies in water consumption to be promptly identified and rectified. We have invested in several reduction projects including rainwater harvesting, low flow steriliser units, solenoid controls and upgrading washing equipment.
Across all sites, a variety of wastewater treatment techniques such as screening, Dissolved Air Flotation units and biological and chemical treatment are implemented to achieve high quality treated wastewater. At several sites, greywater is recycled to minimise overall water consumption. We regularly review best available and upcoming technologies to ensure continued improvements are implemented.
Employees are engaged on how their actions impact water performance, and training is provided to maintain a culture of accountability across our sites. Awareness campaigns on the importance of water conservation are regularly arranged. These take the form of toolbox talks, PIT meetings, training and directed reviews when opportunities for improvements are identified.