Factory that produces Karicare gets a NZ$40 million investment towards achieving 100% carbon neutrality
At Karicare we are constantly looking for ways to positively impact people’s health and to help preserve the planet’s resources, from the ingredients we source to the processes in our manufacturing sites.
We are proud that our parent company Danone has recently announced a NZ$40 million investment towards achieving 100% carbon neutrality in our Nutricia spray drying factory in New Zealand by 2021.
The plant is located at Balclutha, in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Using a special heat treatment, the factory converts raw milk, which we source from 18 local farms, into the dry powder that forms the basis of many of our milk formula products, including Karicare.
Thanks to this investment, we will be able to install a NZ$30 million state-of-the-art biomass boiler. It will be powered by sustainable by-products of local forestry activity that may ordinarily go to waste. The new boiler will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by a huge 20,000 tonnes a year, the equivalent of removing 60,000 cars off the road!
The products that the plant produces already help parents and carers in taking care of their children’s nutrition. With the new biomass boiler, the plant will also be helping to preserve the planet for their futures.
The investment marks yet another milestone as Danone works towards becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2050. We have already reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 15.6% worldwide and will keep finding ways to reach carbon neutrality. Karicare is proud to be part of this journey.