Reduce Emissions From the Production of Smoked Fish

Reduce Emissions From the Production of Smoked Fish

The company proposes to investigate the suitability of technologies which are know to exist in other countries which can virtually eliminate the necessity for smoke house emission to air and the current necessity for smoke house washdown, a process which also involves the use of aggressive cleaning agents for removal of fish fats and oil deposits. Smoke house emissions have been problematic for the company in the past and this project aims to use a cleaner production approach rather than the established alternative practice of 'end of pipe' scrubber technologies. The goal of the project is to evaluate this technology and, subject to cost and maintenance of product quality, to introduce the techniques to the companies smoked salmon production plant in Dublin City centre. A secondary aspect of the project will be to conduct a brief study aimed at identifying and implementing measures for reducing water usage, waste production and packaging with a view to establishing an all encompassing approach to cleaner/greener production. The anticipated outcome is an ultra clean, nuisance free operation compatible with the plant's city centre location. If successful (as is anticipated) it will be the first of type in Ireland and will provide an excellent demonstration plant for the industry as a whole as it continues to be driven up the value added chain. The company targets the high end of the processed fish market and has been queried in the past as to its environmental credentials by overseas buyers, particularly in the German supply chain. The company's reputation for high quality product from unpolluted Irish waters will be further enhanced by 'green' production. As a consequence of the successful implementation of this project the product can in future be marketed not simply clean but 'clean and green'. This is expected to provide the company with a competitive advantage, providing company growth and increased employment, while at the same time benefiting the environment through a measurable reduction in emission.

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Environmental Protection Agency 2001-CP-31
Mark McMahon

Keywords: Smoke house; Emmission reduction; Water use reduction; Reduced waste

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