Innovations in Milling and Manufacturing
As part of Quaker’s holistic approach to environmental sustainability, we have taken special interest in our milling and manufacturing processes. There are tremendous opportunities for improvement in this sector of our business, and we are constantly researching ways to implement new and exciting innovations.
Our goal is that by 2015, Quaker will reduce water and electricity consumption by 20% and fuel consumption by 25%. As of 2012, we have met our water reduction goal and continue to make progress on meeting the goals for reduction of electricity and fuel consumption. Additionally, Quaker has improved recycling programs to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by over 50% across the US manufacturing sites. We continue to improve our programs and develop new ones as we strive to eliminate waste sent to landfill.
We Use the Whole Oat
Rather than simply disposing of the approximately 40,000 tons of oat hulls generated each year, Quaker has partnered with the University of Iowa and found a use for what would otherwise be considered waste. The university burns the hulls for power, producing an important amount of the campus’ energy. By recycling this renewable resource, Quaker helps the university generate a cleaner form of energy than conventional sources.
The Power of the Sun
Columbia is the first Quaker US manufacturing site to generate renewable electricity. The site installed a photovoltaic system, which uses solar panels to convert sunlight to electricity, in 2010. The system was expanded in 2011 with the installation of additional solar panels.