Resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) is a step towards climate change mitigation. Additionally, Adopting Cleaner Production (CP) practice helps in preventing inefficient use of resources and avoiding unnecessary generation of waste. Companies that consider environment into the design stage of a product will be well-placed to benefit from the marketing advantages. Greenhood Nepal conducted a study on CP opportunities in Nepal Dairy Pvt. Ltd., with a focus on the packing process and Cleaning in Place (CIP) system. Its purpose is to introduce CP assessment methodology and promote resource saving opportunities which can minimize the adverse environmental impacts. In this study, the CP assessment methodology developed by UNEP and UNIDO was applied.
The key environmental issues associated with dairy processing are the consumption of water, energy, fuel and generation of effluent streams and solid waste. In the focused area of packing process and CIP system, the CP options generated are within the area of chemical, milk, water, energy (electricity and liquid fuels) saving and solid waste and wastewater reduction. Among the generated CP options, no cost-low cost options have been recommended for immediate implementation whereas for cost incurring option, it is recommended to conduct further financial, technical and environmental feasibility. This study hypothesis was to test the possibility of significant resource saving by the application of generated CP options in the area of packing and CIP process. In case of Nepal Dairy, 10% to 40% of resource saving was feasible. The recommended CP options will help Nepal Dairy in enhancing profitability and creating the right enabling environment to facilitate the switch to cleaner and more efficient production.