As part of our commitment towards preserving the environment, in CAEI we work permanently towards protecting soils, wildlife and flora, with a proper management of our water resources, solid waste and emissions.
The environmental management system within the consortium is formed by a wastewater treatment plant, a water cooling tower with capacity to recycle the total water used throughout the production stage, vacuum pumps, and new condensing units, an airing and rust pond fit to store twenty (20) million gallons of water, four aerator vents, sugar recovery gutters from the production area and a grease trap.
The investments we have incurred in for purposes of constantly upgrading our environmental management system, places us as an avant-garde company, in the sustainable use of natural resources and respectful of the environment.
Water Cooling Tower
The CAEI water cooling tower, with a setup capacity for processing 16,000 gallons per minute, diminishes the temperature of the water used during the sugar and honey production process, at the same time that it helps us reduce water usage.
By installing this cooling tower, we eliminate water consumption using the water from the river for purposes of cooling the mill, using solely the water that comes from the sugar cane production process, which circulates in closed circuit, arriving warm but returning cold from the processing tower, to be used in water containers, cooling and vacuum generation within this important station are part of the production process.
Wastewater Treatment Plant (PTAR)
The Wastewater Treatment Plant (PTAR) at CAEI features the capacity to process 100% of the wastewater resulting from the honey and sugar production process, via which we optimize the quality of the discharges.
The system is designed to comply with the national and international environmental norms on water quality established for industries of this nature.
It features a previous solid waste treatment phase using a grit and grease trap.
Upon entering the plant, the water receives an anaerobic biological treatment, through microorganisms feeding from organic components. Afterwards, the water is treated using a gravel and sand filter, in order to be released into a rusting pool. In the latter, it receives a final oxygenation treatment, prior to its use for irrigation purposes in the neighboring sugar cane fields around the PTAR.
CAEI develops environmental-friendly programs, such as exclusive energy farms, which contribute to aiding in making the nation energetically independent from fossil fuel importations, among them crude oil, coal and natural gas. These projects contribute to diminishing foreign currency expenditures and to improving the country’s environmental balance.