Honduran AgriBusiness Accelerates Reductions in Fossil Fuel, Water & Fertilizer Usage
Since 2012, Dinant’s use of homemade organic fertilizer has enabled it to eliminate
1M tons of chemical fertilizer
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS, AUGUST 28, 2023: Dinant’s high-tech biogas recovery unit in Aguán, Northern Honduras, has now captured over 135M cubic meters of biogas since its establishment in 2008. This has enabled the Company to reduce its use of bunker fuels by nearly 11M gallons and diesel fuels by over 1M gallons over the same period.
Dinant – a leading agribusiness and consumer packaged goods manufacturer (CPG) employing nearly 8,000 people in Central America – constantly looks for ways to reduce its use of fossil fuels, water, and chemical fertilizers.
Roger Pineda Pinel, Dinant’s Director of Corporate Relations and Sustainability, commented, “The high-tech biogas recovery unit at Dinant’s oil extraction mill in the Aguán uses biomass from the waste of the palm fruit to produce clean energy that is returned to this predominantly self-sufficient facility and steam that is used to power the boilers. This has enabled Dinant to significantly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels”.
Since 2016, Dinant’s biogas facility has generated over 95M KW of electricity, of which 11M KW have been injected into the National Grid. In addition, since 1999, Dinant’s Aguan extraction mill has generated over 76M KW of steam-generated electricity from the combustion of biomass left over from the palm oil extraction process, while the Company’s Lean extraction mill has generated over 129M KW of steam-generated electricity over the same period.
Mr. Pineda continued, “Dinant has a strong track record in environmental protection and sustainability but we are constantly searching for ways to improve as our business expands.”
Mr. Pineda continued, “Improving the sustainability of Dinant’s operations is good for the environment, good for our business, and good for our neighbors. We will continue to invest in minimizing our environmental footprint.”
Dinant’s products are sold across Central America and the Dominican Republic. It directly employs almost 8,000 people, who in turn support approximately 22,000 family members, as well as many thousands of contractors, vendors, and suppliers.