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CPF ready to have its ‘water footprint’ measured, shrunk

Jan 25. 2018
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The Water institute for Sustainability and CPF and other private-sector firms will establish Thailand’s first “water footprint” assessment criteria.

Representatives of the institute and two CPF processing plants recently signed an agreement aimed at ensuring sustainable water use in accordance to ISO 14046.

The project is being funded by the government to develop criteria for sustainable water management through partnerships with the private sector. 

Employees from the selected plants will be trained by institute specialists to assess and report situations and implement strategies to reduce the facilities’ “water footprint”. 

Under the agreement, the number of specialists will be increased and a government-private sector partnership will be established to set up a water-footprint framework and criteria suitable for Thailand.

Institute acting director Panrat Phechpakdee said CPF’s Minburi Plant 2 and Saraburi Food Processing centre were selected. Staff there will be able to identify the amount of water used throughout the production chain, using ISO 14046 indicators.

“Water-footprint assessment is designed to assess and optimise water use, including ‘hot spots’ for water consumption,” Panrat said. “The institute selected 15 plants from various industries and sizes to be role models for water-footprint management.”

CPF Minburi Plant 2 senior vice president Theerayut Patcharamaneepakorn said the company recognised the importance of water resources. 

He believed the scheme would also reduce operating costs and strengthen the firm’s competitiveness.

CPF Saraburi plant vice president Thongchai Sukpattananikul said the assessment would shape a practical water-management plan for Thailand. 

He said the company would be able to identify and manage the amounts of water use in operations ranging from livestock-feed farming to waste disposal.

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