As part of the project, various monitoring campaigns have been carried out with the aim of getting to know the companies’ functioning and water consumption. Companies such as UVESA, PEPSICO IBERIA and GVTARRA have gone through this process, in order to be aware of their actual water consumption.
SALICA, a Basque company with extensive experience in the preparation of canned and frozen foods, has not hesitated to join the initiative. Its business strategy puts priority on the impact of its production on the environment. SALICA arose in 1990 from the union of two canneries with the ambition of creating a new, more modern and competitive production plant. Today, it has three plants (Bermeo, Galicia and Ecuador) and is highly aware of sustainability, being a member of the alliance International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
As part of the collaboration activities between two projects of the European LIFE programme, the VERTALIM and MCUBO projects, the monitoring of production processes has been carried out, as well as the study of the controlled integration of discharges into the urban sanitation system. This study of production processes was carried out at their Bermeo plant, which allowed them to identify the highest points of water and energy consumption and their behaviour, as well as to assess their reduction and implement the proposed improvements with a view to increasing their competitiveness and energy efficiency.
Given the problems related to climate change and the depletion of natural resources, from the food industry, a major consumer of water for ensuring hygienic requirements, it is essential to optimize the processes in order to make the minimum consumption, which in turn leads to considerable economic savings. LIFE VERTALIM and MCUBO join forces in a joint initiative to tackle the sustainable management of a limited resource such as water.