CleanSmoke meets the UN sustainability target for clean water

Five years ago, the international community agreed on 17 global targets for sustainable development as part of its Agenda 2030. The aim is to make a dignified life possible worldwide while at the same time preserving the natural foundations of life in the long term. The innovative CleanSmoke smoking technology can contribute to achieving no less than nine of the 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDG). In addition to climate protection, these include the goals of healthy living, food security, water management, sustainable industrialisation and sustainable forest management.

One of the most important goals is certainly SDG6 – Clean Water and Sanitation. With the worldwide use of CleanSmoke smoking technology, the goal of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water for all could be noticeably supported. Because CleanSmoke saves about 90 percent of water. With CleanSmoke technology, a stable smoke is freshly produced from pre-cleaned primary smoke condensate. A technology that recently also convinced the European Union. It labelled CleanSmoke the title “Best Available Technology”.

CleanSmoke uses only about one seventh of water

The potential of CleanSmoke is clearly shown by some figures: According to calculations of the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL), smoking plants using CleanSmoke consume around 37 liters of water per ton of smoked food for cleaning. The indirect water consumption for plant growth and logging is another seven liters. According to the DIL, conventional smoking consumes 301 liters of water per ton of meat for cleaning and about 38 liters for growth and harvest.

If all smoking plants in Germany were to use CleanSmoke, the consumption for cleaning the smoking plants would be around 66,000 cubic meters (m3) of water, of which a good 15 percent is used for the production of raw materials. In contrast, indirect consumption for plant irrigation is relatively low at 6,800 m3. With conventional smoking, both the direct consumption for cleaning and the indirect consumption for irrigation are considerably higher at 545,000 and just under 357,000 m3 respectively.

This means that 479,000 m3 of water could be saved in cleaning the smoking plants alone. That is how much cities such as Kiel or Gelsenkirchen consume in one year. Another 350,000 m3 of water would be added to this within the supply chain. This is an amount that could be used, for example, to produce cotton for jeans and T-shirts for 35,000 people.

CleanSmoke ensures less pollution

In addition, CleanSmoke pollutes the waste water with much less detergents and chemicals, which contributes to a better water quality. Each year, 2,600 tonnes less detergent and 40 tonnes less chemicals would have to be treated. This saves the municipalities immense costs for water treatment. And the smokehouses do not have to pay for cleaning. A study in Denmark showed that a smoking plant with a weekly production of about 100 tonnes requires about 15 percent less cleaning agent. The savings are around 1,600 euros per month. On top of this, there is another 1,000 euros for cleaning work that is not necessary. After the two dry summers of the last two years and an April with almost no precipitation, the situation is almost threatening again, even in a country like Germany with a lot of rain. Municipalities, environmental authorities and water suppliers will certainly soon be calling again for the economical use of drinking water. One more reason for smokehouses to start using CleanSmoke today.

Protection of water is an obligation