Our goal is to reduce energy and water consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste by 30% by 2020. In 2017, we introduced 50 new products and technologies that do just that.
Improved energy efficiency isn't just good for the environment - it's good for business too. With energy use accounting for anywhere up to 10% of a company's total costs, any savings translate directly into better margins. Bühler wants to reduce energy consumption and waste at customer sites and its own by 30% over the next three years, and is continuing to develop machines and partnerships that make a significant contribution to tackling some of the world's most pressing ecological issues.
Sortex A ColorVision and Sortex E PolyVision enable recyclers to sort out different types of plastics that arrive at their sites and produce food-bottle-grade PET flakes at the highest yield in the market. And our new Tubex hopper scale is helping to cut energy costs by more than 95% with an innovative drive and control system that stores energy between driving cycles. Alongside this dramatic saving, customers also benefit from easy operation, accurate weighing, and minimal maintenance. Among other innovations that are slashing energy consumption are the JetMix flour hydration method and Solano roasting machine, both of which reduce energy use by up to 30%. Bühler's Prime Masa process for manufacturing Nixtamal corn flour employs steam technology to use 90% less water, while offering a higher yield and eliminating wastewater during the production process without compromising flavor or texture. And the Ecothermatik, a solution for long-cut pasta drying, optimizes thermal energy use to combine low energy consumption with top product quality.
A key part of our drive to help create a more sustainable world is a constant commitment to exchanging knowledge and ideas. Bühler is a Diamond Sponsor of MassChallenge, the world's largest start-up accelerator, and we work closely with Partners in Food Solutions to support food processing entrepreneurs in Africa.