QUZHOU, China, March 22, 2023/PRNewswire/ -- On March 6, 2023, Longyou Yili Dairy Co., Ltd., one of Yili's fluid milk factories in Zhejiang province, and Yili-style yogurt Yili's AMBPOMIAL received water footprint verification issued by Bureau Veritas, becoming the first fluid milk factory and the first yogurt product in China's dairy industry to obtain water footprint certification in accordance with the international standard ISO 14046.
This marks another milestone in Yili Group's continuous efforts to implement water conservation projects and mitigate water scarcity risks in its value chain since verifying the water footprint of an ice cream factory in 2022.
Water scarcity is a major global environmental concern, and as one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world needs to ensure the sustainable extraction and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity. water and substantially reduce the number of people experiencing water scarcity by 2030.
Yili Group took the lead in exploring and adopting the "Low Water Footprint" (LWF) strategy in the dairy and food industries. In 2022, Yili Group established a Carbon Neutrality Committee led by the Chairman and CEO, Pan Gang. The committee is also responsible for the management of the group's water resources, the integrated planning of water withdrawal and use, and the exploration of innovative solutions for water management throughout its supply chain.
In 2022, Yili took its Zhejiang factory as a pilot to carry out LCA (full life cycle) organizational level water footprint research and management, and has obtained water footprint verification issued by the British Standards Institution. , becoming the first food company in China to obtain transparent and credible water footprint certification.
As a world-renowned certification group established in 1828, Bureau Veritas strictly adheres to the international standard ISO 14046: 2014 "Environmental management - Water footprint - Principles, requirements and guidelines" and ISO/ TS 14072: 2014 "Environmental management - Assessment of Life Cycle - Organizational Life Cycle Assessment Requirements and Guidelines" to verify the water footprint of Yili's products and factories. The verification statement reveals that water consumption occurs mainly in the supply chain, confirming Yili's efforts to reduce the water footprint throughout the supply chain, and providing guidelines for cooperating with suppliers in conserving water. water resources.
To further analyze the water stress zones where Yili and its suppliers are located, Yili Group adopted the World Resources Institute's Aqueduct tool, combined with the remaining available water (AWARE) tool developed by the WULCA Working Group of the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. The water stress risk map generated by Yili helps formulate value chain water conservation objectives and plan specific activities such as water conservation projects and best practices at your facilities. The continuous reduction of the water footprint of Yili products helps relieve pressure on water resources in high-risk areas.
In 2022, Yili Group focused on regions with high risk of water stress, ranked water-saving potentials, and carried out 322 water-saving projects, including various products such as mineral water, milk powder, liquid milk , yogurt and ice cream products, covering all factories. In the year 2022, the percentage of water consumption coming from alternative sources was 4.07% and the total water savings reached 1.7 million tons.
Yili Group's water resources management is based on a self-developed digital management platform. This platform can not only manage the data of all water intakes, water consumption and water recycling, but can also calculate the water footprint of the product's life cycle according to international standards. Third party verification and certification will also enable the digital platform to provide a solid foundation for better water risk management.
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