Veolia’s Reco Solutions improves sustainability for HEINEKEN and helps save them £100,000 annually

18 march 2015
Heineken press

Veolia Water Technologies UK has supplied a bespoke wastewater recovery system to HEINEKEN’s Hereford Cider Mill. Looking to reduce their water consumption by 25% by 2020 and as part of an overall environmental assessment, HEINEKEN identified a potential saving from the water loss in the waste stream from their borehole water treatment reverse osmosis system.
Approximately 30m3/h of water was not being utilised and, using Veolia’s RecoBLUE online calculator, they found that they could recover approximately 50% of the reverse osmosis losses, at a quality of better than 120µS/cm conductivity, which would be suitable for use as boiler make-up.
It was essential that the recycling process should not increase energy and chemical consumption, so Veolia Water Technologies UK provided a specially configured SirionTM Mega Recovery RO Unit. Veolia’s system uniquely requires no additional chemical dosing for conditioning prior to recovery. With low pressure, high rejection membranes, the SirionTM Mega Recovery system has low energy consumption which minimises its carbon footprint and operating costs.
The new system is performing as predicted by the RecoBLUE calculator and is reducing the Cider Mill’s water footprint by more than 130,000m3 per year of water. The resulting annual saving of more than £100,000 will repay the system’s capital cost in under four years.
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Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2014, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion* in 2014.

(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France. 


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