Alltech launches first renewable energy system at its Mexican enzyme production facility
A photovoltaic solar energy system, together with a new source of compressed natural gas, will help mitigate the facility’s environmental impact.
April 19, 2022
Alltech took steps to advance its leadership in sustainability through the company’s first global renewable energy project, a photovoltaic solar energy system, located in its production plant in Serdán, Mexico which produces Allzyme SSF, among others. The plant also presented its new source of compressed natural gas, which will help to considerably mitigate its environmental impact.
During the event, which was attended by local authorities, industry representatives and Alltech’s president and CEO, Mark Lyons, it was highlighted that this new energy system — designed by the company Iberdrola — will cover 46% of the Alltech Serdán plant’s energy needs. This will result in an energy savings of 22% in the first year and an annual reduction of 20% of its CO₂-eq emissions (665 fewer tons of CO₂-eq emissions).
“Alltech strives to have a positive impact in the 350 global communities in which we live and work, and our team in Serdán has long been exemplary in this regard,” said Lyons. “Today, they have taken a tremendous step forward in advancing our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. The milestone completion of these energy projects was also a celebration of this team’s long-standing spirit of ‘making a difference.’ The products produced at this facility are at the core of our Planet of Plenty™ vision, which aims to improve animal welfare and feed efficiency while ensuring nutrition for all and reducing environmental impact. For example, the Serdán team is committed to replanting yucca plants — three for each one harvested in the production of our De-Odorase® product — and they consistently put the community at the forefront of their endeavors. This facility and our local team members are truly a testament to our vision of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™.”
Alltech Serdán also inaugurated a new system for the use of compressed natural gas, a more environmentally friendly fuel, which will further contribute to a reduction in its environmental impact. Designed by the company Enepres, this new energy source, unlike liquified petroleum gas, emits 30% less carbon dioxide (CO₂) and 65% less carbon monoxide (CO). The result is an annual reduction of 17% of its CO₂-eq emissions (570 fewer tons of CO₂-eq).
“These projects readily demonstrate Alltech's interest in investing significantly in energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Paul Kilgallen, Alltech Serdán plant manager. “The initiatives support our efforts to offer sustainable solutions that optimize the productivity of livestock producers, and at the same time, uphold the social responsibility we have as a business and as an industry.”
Alltech Serdán’s new energy system and transition to natural compressed gas are also representative of Alltech’s efforts to achieve its emission reduction goals by 2030, deliver on its commitment to several UN Sustainable Development Goals, and achieve its vision of a Planet of Plenty™.