In this era of emerging infectious diseases occasioned by global climate change there has grown the increasing need for food manufacturers to keep the tempo of Good Manufacturing Practices and employ best approach to fuel efficiency and waste management.
It is in the light of this that one of the leading local food manufactureres, Promasidor Nigeria has announced that it continues to remain commited to a more friendly and cleaner environment through the adoption of ‘eco-friendly’equipment.
Speaking in Lagos, Managing Director MD, Olivier Thiry, explained that the food company has recently installed new equipment that promotes greener and eco-friendly environment so as to endear its activities to its host Isolo community through elimination of health risks.
He promised that the company is not relenting in adhering to environmental regulations as stipulated by government at federal and state levels.
According to Thiry, one of the advancements made in recent times by the company is the installation of solar energy driven mechanism which generates electricity from sunlight and can be fed into the main electricity supply of the organisation.
“This has greatly helped the organisation in reducing noise level from the use of generating sets which hitherto were used to complement the epileptic power supply in the country”, said Thiry.
This he noted is in line with what is widely practised in other developed economies, where private organisations are meant to generate some percentage of the required power for the production and delivery of their products and services.
Thiry explains that the newly installed solar energy does not produce any pollutant and is one of the cleanest sources of energy. In comparison, solar energy promotes the essence of keeping the environment green in compliance with regulations from government.
Also, the MD added that other efforts embarked upon by the company to promote cleaner, healthy and safer environmant include: the change from diesel powered to gas powered forklift machines; improved waste management plan through waste sorting. Others are the use of wind powered extractor fans; conversion from conventional to eco-friendly air-conditioners and the conversion from diesel powered / PHCN plant to gas powered plant.
According to him, the change from diesel to gas powered forklifts has helped in reducing the dangers from diesel exhaust.
“Some of the health hazards averted ranges from irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches and nausea, to respiratory disease and lung cancer caused by air pollution”, said Thiry.
Similarly, in order to avert pollution of the atmosphere and to maintain good health standard for the people of Isolo community, the company has adopted a more suitable waste management plan through waste sorting.
This method of waste management is helping in maintaining a healthy environment as it involves a process whereby waste is separated into different elements, depending on its substances.
The MD expalined further that the new waste management approach is better since most waste ending up in landfills produces leachate and landfill biogas that contaminates the water people drink and the air they breathe in. Biogas contains mainly methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 percent more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2).
It further affirmed that the management of waste through the sorting process shows how much it has the interest of people within its locality at heart.
In addition the use of eco-friendly air-conditioners in place of conventional ones that are very noisy has reduced the noise that would have been generated from these equipments. The units are designed and manufactured with materials that are safe for the environment.
While the typical air conditioners release emissions from fluorocarbon refrigerant, these eco-friendly units installed by Promasidor Nigeria uses hydro fluorocarbon refrigerant which does not have adverse effect on the ozone.
Also speaking, Head Legal and Public Relations, Andrew Enahoro emphasised the commitment of the company to good corporate social responsibility especially n its relations with the community where the business is located.d
Enahoro stated that in order to achieve a healthy environment that is free from pollution, there is need for collaboration between organisations and government on ways of making the society safe for living despite the threat of global warming.
General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, LASEPA, Engr. Adebola Rasheed Shabi, affirmed that sustaining the sanctity of the environment through commitment to tree planting must be a collective responsibility. He said as the lung is very essential for good quality and healthy lives so are trees essential for the sustenance of healthy environment.
On the environmental benefits of tree planting, Shabi said they can reduce air temperature by blocking sunlight and lead to the conversion of water to air vapour, a chemical process that removes heat energy from the air.
He said trees help settle out and trap dust, pollen and smoke from the air. The dust level in the air can be as much as 75 percent lower on the sheltered side of the tree compared to the windward side.
According to him, the evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day; can improve the efficiency of your heat pump by shading it with a tree; and can shade hard surface areas such as driveways, patios, building and sidewalks thus minimising landscape heat load.
He noted that tree planting exercise fostered by Promasidor has preserved the environment to a large extent as the evergreen trees can be used to reduce wind speed and thus loss of heat from homes in the dry season by as much as 10 to 50 percent; can reduce soil temperature and soil moisture loss; can store pounds of carbon each year; help settle out and trap dust, pollen and smoke from the air; absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen.