Grupo Bimbo to Promote Sustainability in the Food IndustryBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 12/24/2020 - 10:43
Committed to implement sustainable practices and reduce its environmental impact, Grupo Bimbo has announced the opening of a sustainable Distribution Center (CEDIS) in Mexico City. Moreover, the company has the largest fleet of electric distribution vehicles in the country and one of the largest in Latin America.
The CEDIS seeks to generate 100 percent of the electricity it consumes through sustainable infrastructure. The center has a rainwater harvesting system with a capacity of 800m3, a wastewater treatment plant with the quality of reuse and 500 electric vehicles (EV), reported Energia Limpia para Todos.
In an interview with MBN, Irene Espinola, Global Renewable Energy Director at Grupo Bimbo, said the company is part of the RE100 global initiative, which aims to help companies generate all the energy they consume through sustainable processes. Espinola explained that Bimbo was the first company in Mexico and in Latin America to be part of this initiative, which has represented a competitive advantage especially in the social, environmental, and economic spectrum.
CEDIS has the largest solar roof in Mexico, with a total capacity of 2.2 MW that supplies all the electrical energy used in the center and avoids the emission of 1,200 tons of CO2. As a result, CEDIS obtained the LEED Platinum Certification, considered the highest standard in sustainability and energy efficiency worldwide, reported Energía Limpia para Todos
With an investment of MX$2.7 million (US$ 130 thousand) CEDIS has a total area of 89,000 m2, where 29,000 m2 are destined for green areas. During its construction and installation phase, Bimbo employed more than 1,700 workers, reported Energía Limpia para Todos
This system is unique in Mexico and was achieved through the collaboration of several institutions such as CRE, CFE and CENACE. During the opening ceremony, President López Obrador said the public, private and social sectors need to work together in order to boost the economy of the country and generate more jobs, reported Energía Limpia para Todos
Moreover, the company announced that currently Bimbo has 500 EV in Mexico and that by 2024, the company plans to increase this number to 4,000 cars. By 2025, Bimbo aims to use 100 percent renewable and clean energy in most of its operations, reported Televisa.
Bimbo is promoting the use of EVs that are 100 percent made in Mexico. The company said it wants to ensure that EVs are available to all companies that seek to have sustainable fleets. With the implementation of sustainable projects, Grupo Bimbo is taking care of the environment in within the Mexican food industry, reported Televisa.