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Guide to good practice for increased water reuse in the dairy industry

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Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 000 000
Project duration November 2022 - June 2024
Status Ongoing
Venture Circular and biobased economy
Call Policy development for sustainable industry

Purpose and goal

The purpose of this project is to develop a basis for revising the industry guidelines regarding water use in the dairy sector. The goal is to develop a better and clearer basis for where and how to make water use more efficient in food production within the dairy sector, without jeopardizing the quality and safety of the food.

Expected effects and result

The revised industry guideline will be used directly by companies in their own work to increase the rate of implementation of, and reduce the risk of, water saving measures. As well as scientific background support, and a source of knowledge, in the contact between companies and authorities during risk assessments regarding water reuse. As a result of changes in industry guidelines (within the project) and after the implementation of an increased reuse of water at the dairies (after the project), it is expected that the need for drinking water will decrease by up to 70% from today´s levels.

Planned approach and implementation

In the project, we will 1) identify typical, industry-wide water-saving measures, 2) carry out risk analyzes for identified opportunities, 3) compile and adapt previous studies regarding the division of water into different qualities, and 4) transfer the results to industry standard formats and update the guidelines according to the Swedish Food Agency´s practice. The project involves RISE as main executor, LRF Mjölk as policy owner, and representatives of the dairy industry (Arla Foods, Gäsene mejeri and Norrmejerier).

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Last updated 30 October 2023

Reference number 2022-03095

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