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WEC Initiative Helps Chilean Olive Oil Sector Save $2M

Thanks in part to a World Environment Center-sponsored Cleaner Production Agreement between the Chilean Cleaner Production Center and the olive oil trade association Chileoliva, the Chilean olive oil industry stands to save approximately 4 million liters of water and 2 million KWH per year, which translates to annual savings of almost 1 billion pesos, or USD $2 million. 

On Oct. 16, 2013, the World Environment Center announced at the Annual National Conference on Olive Oil in Chile the successful completion of a U.S. Department of State-funded project to expand the sustainable development commitments of the Chilean Olive Oil industry by reducing energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and raw material usage and lowering operating costs. Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President and CEO, presented the final results of the project at the Conference.

Through their participation in this project, 11 olive oil producers generated savings of $157,800 and invested $114,800 in Cleaner Production practices and technology.  In addition, collective environmental benefits realized by these companies as a direct result of this project include: 487,027 kw hours saved; CO2 emissions reduced by 263 tons; 8,855 cubic meters of water saved.

The project’s success was highlighted by Dr. Yosie in his speech at the conference, “Innovation and market scale are two of the most important factors in making your industry more competitive and more sustainable,” he stated. “ChileOliva’s partnership in our project is a leading example of innovative thinking, a commitment to quality, and the implementation of sustainable practices across a national industry for the benefit of the international market.”

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