Application of cleaner technologies in milk processing industry to improve the environmental efficiency

Abstract

Changes in production processes and products that result in improvement of environmental, economic and social performance of enterprises are an important element of the overall process towards more sustainable production. The aim of this article is to demonstrate the application of cleaner production and eco-design as sustainable production tools to improve the environmental efficiency of milk processing industry. Milk processing industry is one of the largest and dynamically developing branches of industry in the world. The main impact of milk processing industry on the environment is related to energy and water consumption, and waste and wastewater generation. A number of potential solutions to improve the environmental performance of milk processing industry, to reduce energy and resources consumption are analysed: substitution of cleaning agent in the milk receiving bar for washing of milk tankers with the specialised acidic detergent, integration of the automated CIP washing system in the butter bar, implementation of water recycling system to collect warm (35 °C) water, integration of the membrane technologies for the evaporation process and the use of filtrate received during the condensation for steam generation in the boiler house. Finally, an eco-design solution for cans of milk products is presented. All these proposals have been implemented in the milk processing company.

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Dvarionienė, J., Kruopienė, J. & Stankevičienė, J. Application of cleaner technologies in milk processing industry to improve the environmental efficiency. Clean Techn Environ Policy 14, 1037–1045 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10098-012-0518-x

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Keywords

  • Sustainable production
  • Milk industry
  • Cleaner technologies
  • Eco-design
  • Environmental efficiency