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J. Wray & Nephew unveils US$6m eco investments

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on tour at J. Wray and Nephew (JWN). At his left is Jorge Gonzales, product supply chain senior director at JWN.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently got a tour of J. Wray & Nephew's (JWN) US$6-million eco investments at the entity's Spanish Town Road operations.

The investments, which were unveiled by Gruppo Campari's CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz on his recent visit to Jamaica, include a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility; an industry-leading solid waste recycling facility; and a 500KW photovoltaic system.

"These innovative solutions implemented by our team are cutting edge and what we like to call 'Best in Class' for Jamaica and by global standards," said JWN chairman Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence.

Singling out the company's wastewater treatment plant, Lawrence continued, "For me, the highlight of the tour was the wastewater plant, which is currently being commissioned.

"The plant is designed to treat 500 cubic metres of trade effluent per day and treats all the wastewater from our three facilities on Spanish Town Road. This means all of the water used in the production of our spirits is treated and brought to a level that is in keeping with the standards set by the National Resource Conservation Authority. We hope to advance our sustainability efforts by re-using this water on our lawns and in our business," he added.

 

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Also unveiled during the tour were the photovoltaic system that currently generates over 50,000kwH per month and which has resulted in significant energy cost savings and the company's solid waste recycling plant, which repurposes over 700 tonnes of waste per year.

Speaking to the value of the investments, Bob Kunze-Concewitz said: "These investments have a combined value of over US$6m and are a tangible affirmation of Gruppo Campari and J. Wray & Nephew's commitment to acting responsibly."

Over the past three years, JWN has made several US million-dollar investments in plant, equipment, and training to ensure that operations at its sugar factory, distilleries, and bottling plant are in keeping with sound environmental practices.

The Appleton and New Yarmouth distilleries are both certified ISO 9001, and the bottling plant in Kingston is certified ISO 14000.