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Coca-Cola Now Being Made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

    Coca-Cola Now Being Made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a major renewable project, with all electricity generated by a brand new solar farm being used to support production of its famous brands at Europe’s largest soft drinks factory, at Wakefield in England. The solar farm covers eight hectares, the size of twelve football pitches, and will produce up […]

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Tetra Pak Uses More Than One Third Renewable Electricity

    Tetra Pak Uses More Than One Third Renewable Electricity

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has announced that it now uses renewable electricity for more than a third of its total annual consumption worldwide. This is up from 22% in 2015.
Key to this achievement was the purchase earlier this year of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for all its […]

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Gas Power Now Bringing Brewing Grains to Guinness

    Gas Power Now Bringing Brewing Grains to Guinness

In a bid to reduce carbon emissions Diageo has teamed up with its suppliers to commission a new gas powered truck to deliver grain to the St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin. ‘The Low Carbon Supply Route’ project sees the Guinness brewer partner with malted barley suppliers Boortmalt and Harris Transport to use a dedicated […]

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Dawn Meats Cross Hands Achieves ISO 50001 Energy Certification

    Dawn Meats Cross Hands Achieves ISO 50001 Energy Certification

Dawn Meats, which has operations in seven locations around Ireland, and many more across the UK and Europe, has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its development and implementation of an efficient energy use policy in accordance with the highest international standards at its retail packing plant, Dawn Cross Hands in South Wales.
The International Organization for […]

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Food For Thought – Reducing Your Energy Costs Through CHP

    Food For Thought – Reducing Your Energy Costs Through CHP

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is long established within the food industry. Offsetting grid based power supply and producing hot water, steam or chilled water from a natural gas fuelled reciprocating engine has proved very cost effective.
The advantage of CHP are lower operating costs, less reliance on the electricity grid and improved sustainability in terms […]

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Tetra Pak Announces Science Based Targets for Climate Impact Reduction

    Tetra Pak Announces Science Based Targets for Climate Impact Reduction

Tetra Pak has pledged that by 2030, the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations will be at least 40% lower than in 2015. Working with the Science Based Targets initiative, the company also set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58% compared with a year ago.
In doing so, Tetra Pak becomes the […]

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Unilever Advances Carbon Reduction Commitment at Five UK & Ireland Sites

    Unilever Advances Carbon Reduction Commitment at Five UK & Ireland Sites

One year after announcing its bold ambition to become carbon positive by 2030, Unilever has taken another significant step on its renewable energy journey, with the signing of a contract to use biomethane (also known as green gas/biogas) at five of its sites in the UK and Ireland.
Unilever UK & Ireland has signed a deal […]

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Edina Helps Clients Reduce Energy Costs and Carbon Emissions

    Edina Helps Clients Reduce Energy Costs and Carbon Emissions

Arla Foods Ltd production facility is the most environmentally friendly dairy in the world. Situated outside Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, this ambitious £150 million project succeeded in creating their zero carbon vision with the application of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology.
Spread over a floor space of 6.5 hectares, this inspirational production facility produces 1billion litres of […]

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Food and Drink Industry Reaps Benefit of MBR Technology

    Food and Drink Industry Reaps Benefit of MBR Technology

Water treatment has always been a major topic of interest for the food and beverage industry within the UK. The use of large volumes of water for various washing and cleaning regime’s means that the industry relies heavily on water treatment in order to reduce on their effluent disposal costs and in some cases recycling.
The […]

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Pentair Haffmans Wins UK AD & Biogas Award

    Pentair Haffmans Wins UK AD & Biogas Award

Pentair Haffmans has won the 2016 UK AD & Biogas Award, hosted by the Anaerobic Digestion Association (ADBA), in the category of ‘Best Process Optimisation’ for its advanced biogas upgrading technology.
Taking place on the evening of 6 July as part of this years’ UK AD & Biogas Trade Fair, the UK AD & Biogas Industry […]

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Are We Sailing into a Perfect Storm For Energy Prices?

    Are We Sailing into a Perfect Storm For Energy Prices?

Believe it or not, UK industry has been enjoying a two-year cheap energy holiday, with costs for 1MWh of power and gas as low as £85-£15 for some. But that mini-era is coming to an end.
Goodbye to Fair Energy Waters
Consider these facts:

With commodities priced in dollars, the low post-Brexit pound is already pushing up the […]

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Irish Agri-tech Firm BHSL Secures €13 Million in UK Sales

    Irish Agri-tech Firm BHSL Secures €13 Million in UK Sales

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed €13 million in sales of its pioneering manure-to-energy technology which is aimed at transforming the environmental impact of the global poultry industry. The 8 new BHSL Energy Centre units are being sold to large UK poultry farms and will all be installed by March 2017.
The patented technology will be […]

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GEA Awarded Large-scale Contract For Nutritional Powders Plant in New Zealand

    GEA Awarded Large-scale Contract For Nutritional Powders Plant in New Zealand

GEA has been awarded a contract by Mataura Valley Milk to construct a nutritional powders plant in McNab near to Gore in the south island of New Zealand. The plant will process fresh milk and ingredients into added value nutritional powders as well as standard skim milk and whole milk powders. The value of the […]

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Do Food Retailers Hold the Key to Small Scale AD Success?

    Do Food Retailers Hold the Key to Small Scale AD Success?

The move towards sustainable food retailing shows no sign of slowing down, with consumers more aware of environmental issues than ever before. Research from Globescan revealed that 92 per cent of shoppers think food companies should focus their efforts on securing the future sustainability of food, with two-thirds believing that farmers should be paid more […]

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Tetra Pak Launches New Water-free Lubrication Kit

    Tetra Pak Launches New Water-free Lubrication Kit

Tetra Pak has expanded its Technical Services portfolio with the launch of a dry lubrication kit for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment.  The new solution helps customers cut water and electricity consumption, and reduce the man-hours required for machine maintenance.
Traditional conveyor lubrication, known as wet lubrication, uses high quantities of water mixed with […]

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Biogas Solves UK’s £64 Million Food Waste Headache This Christmas

    Biogas Solves UK’s £64 Million Food Waste Headache This Christmas

No food company deliberately creates unnecessary waste. However, the volume of food waste created over the festive period is typically 30 per cent higher than the rest of the year. Finding a cost-effective, speedy and green way of treating this additional waste can be a headache for food firms at their busiest time of year. […]

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Emmi Commits Itself to Sustainability

    Emmi Commits Itself to Sustainability

Sustainability and in particular environmental protection have been key issues for Swiss milk processor Emmi for over 20 years. Now, the company is going a significant step further by setting itself specific objectives in four important sustainability-related areas. These objectives have been defined in communication with various stakeholders, including WWF Switzerland. The environmental protection organisation […]

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Emmi Switches to 100% Renewable Hydroelectricity From BKW

    Emmi Switches to 100% Renewable Hydroelectricity From BKW

Emmi has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 25 % by 2020. In an important step towards meeting this objective, the largest Swiss milk processor is switching to sustainable electricity. To this end, it is set to rely entirely on renewable energy and on BKW as its partner. BKW will supply Emmi with around 110 […]

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Scotch Whisky Industry Renews Commitment to Sustainability

    Scotch Whisky Industry Renews Commitment to Sustainability

A commitment to environmental sustainability lies at the heart of the Scotch Whisky industry which has now unveiled even more ambitious green targets, from responsible water use to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The Scotch Whisky Environmental Strategy – first launched in 2009 and the only one of its kind covering an entire Scottish industry – […]

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Lucozade Ribena Suntory Targets Energy Savings with Wonderware

    Lucozade Ribena Suntory Targets Energy Savings with Wonderware

Lucozade Ribena Suntory, one of the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland, has partnered with Human Machine Interface (HMI) leaders Wonderware UK & Ireland, to monitor and improve its energy performance. Formed in 2014, Lucozade Ribena Suntory is part of Suntory Beverage & Food Europe. The company’s UK site is a 53 acre […]

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Coca-Cola HBC Italia Cuts Carbon Footprint With ENER-G Trigeneration Technology

    Coca-Cola HBC Italia Cuts Carbon Footprint With ENER-G Trigeneration Technology

Coca-Cola HBC Italia will reduce its carbon footprint by 15% and save 40% on its energy costs after installing an ENER-G combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) system. The ENER-G CCHP (trigeneration) technology is providing 40% of Coca-Cola HBC Italia’s energy needs at its Marcianise production facility in Campania, southern Italy (www.coca-colahellenic.it) .
The 1280 kWe decentralised energy […]

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Nestlé Waters Helps Swiss Farmers to Fuel Their Crops and its Factory

    Nestlé Waters Helps Swiss Farmers to Fuel Their Crops and its Factory

A joint project between Nestlé Waters and Groupe E Greenwatt to build Switzerland’s largest biogas plant has focused on producing renewable energy while supporting Swiss farmers. Manure is burned in the biogas facility, which powers the nearby Henniez water bottling site, reducing the plant’s CO2 emissions by 30%.
The project begins and ends with the network […]

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Cider Waste Blending Key to Bio-energy Tankering Contract Success

    Cider Waste Blending Key to Bio-energy Tankering Contract Success

Lanes Group plc has won a three-year contract with fast-expanding beverage manufacturer Bevisol to take away drinks production effluent for anaerobic digestion. It is making daily tanker collections of 150 cubic metres of waste water created during cider production at the Bevisol plant in Ledbury, Herefordshire. Bevisol has an agreement with Severn Trent Water to send its […]

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English Brewery Reduces Energy Cost Per Litre By More Than 80%

    English Brewery Reduces Energy Cost Per Litre By More Than 80%

Babcock Wanson’s TPC 400B Thermal Fluid Heater has been installed into Freedom Brewery’s Abbots Bromley site in Staffordshire as part of its Wort Boiler system.  Together with many other updates to the process, this has resulted in reducing the overall energy costs per litre brewed by more than 80%.
The UK’s original craft lager brewer, Freedom […]

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Irish Agri-Tech Firm BHSL Enters US Market with $3 Million Poultry Pilot Project

    Irish Agri-Tech Firm BHSL Enters US Market with $3 Million Poultry Pilot Project

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed a $3 million pilot project with the State of Maryland to trial its pioneering manure-to-energy technology which is aimed at transforming the environmental impact of the global poultry industry.
The patented BHSL Energy Centre to be used in the project was recently shipped from BHSL’s plant in Ballagh, County Limerick […]

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A ‘Smart Factory’ For Nestlé Vera Naturae

    A ‘Smart Factory’ For Nestlé Vera Naturae

A new state-of-the art bottling plant for Nestlé Vera Naturae mineral water has been opened in Castrocielo in Italy. The factory, built at a cost of over SFr17 million (€16 million), is a flagship for Nestlé Waters in environmental sustainability and energy consumption. It offers ‘best in class’ performance, especially in water consumption and energy […]

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Heineken Ireland’s Brewery Marks 160 Years in Ireland

    Heineken Ireland’s Brewery Marks 160 Years in Ireland

HEINEKEN Ireland, a leading beer and cider company, has published its sustainability report for 2015, demonstrating that sustainability is embedded throughout the business and is a key growth driver. HEINEKEN Ireland is on a ten year sustainability journey through its ‘Brewing a Better World’ programme. Launched in 2010, this programme sets ambitious sustainability targets for […]

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Groupe Lactalis and BasePower Enter Combined Heat and Power Agreement

    Groupe Lactalis and BasePower Enter Combined Heat and Power Agreement

Groupe Lactalis, the global leader in cheese and the second largest dairy company worldwide, has made a commitment to significantly lowering energy costs and CO2 emissions in an energy partnership with CHP developer BasePower. Lactalis has signed a Power Purchase Agreement for the installation of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system at The Caledonian […]

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Swiss Cows Help Henniez to Produce Green Energy

    Swiss Cows Help Henniez to Produce Green Energy

Nestlé Waters has opened Switzerland’s largest agricultural biogas production facility. The Valbroye plant will provide renewable energy for the nearby Henniez bottled water plant and the Swiss power grid, as well as natural fertiliser for local farms.
The facility will generate enough green electricity to power more than 1,000 households annually.
27 local farms will provide 25,000 tonnes […]

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Tetra Pak Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030

    Tetra Pak Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030

Tetra Pak has joined RE100, committing to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% today to 100% across all global operations by 2030. The announcement was made at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial forum in San Francisco, US.
Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak, said: “Signing up to RE100 reflects […]

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Another Green Milestone For Muntons

    Another Green Milestone For Muntons

Following the unveiling of its £5.4 million anaerobic digestion plant in 2015, Stowmarket-based Muntons has further improved its environmental credentials by achieving zero waste to landfill. Muntons is a leading global player in the supply of malts, malt extracts, flours and flakes and many other malted ingredients relevant to the food and drinks industry exporting […]

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Powering Mars UK With Wind

    Powering Mars UK With Wind

The energy it takes to make MARS® bars, WHISKAS® cat food, EXTRA® gum and UNCLE BEN’S® rice in the UK is now provided by a new wind farm in Moy, Scotland. Through a partnership with Eneco UK, the 20-turbine wind farm, located just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, will generate electricity equivalent to […]

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The Energy Crisis is a Powerful Opportunity For UK & Ireland Businesses

    The Energy Crisis is a Powerful Opportunity For UK & Ireland Businesses

The energy landscape is fundamentally changing. As more renewable energy sources come online, our power infrastructure needs more ‘flexibility’. For the electricity grid operators in the UK and Eire, this means they need to find new ways to balance energy demands. Demand side response is the answer.
The National Grid in the UK and EirGrid in […]

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Glenmorangie Appoints Aquabio to Design and Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Glenmorangie Appoints Aquabio to Design and Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant

As part of its major programme of environmental improvement, The Glenmorangie Company has nominated water treatment specialist Aquabio, to design and build the core technology package for a new wastewater treatment plant at Glenmorangie Distillery at Tain, Ross-Shire in Scotland.
The Anaerobic Digestion Plant uses natural biological processes to both reduce output in distillery waste water by […]

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Green Energy From First Milk Cheese

    Green Energy From First Milk Cheese

Clearfleau, a leading British provider of on-site treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, is commissioning its most complex plant to date, which will feed bio-methane into the gas grid in rural Cumbria. The plant has been designed and built for Lake District Biogas, which will operate the site for twenty years taking feedstock […]

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Byworth Receives a Queen’s Award For Enterprise

    Byworth Receives a Queen’s Award For Enterprise

Byworth Boilers has been named a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. The UK’s highest accolade for business success, the award was received in recognition of Unity, Byworth’s revolutionary boiler house control system. The first of its kind on the market, Unity has achieved outstanding results in its respective field of innovation.
The […]

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Dawn Meats is Double Winner at Green Awards

    Dawn Meats is Double Winner at Green Awards

Dawn Meats, which has operations in seven locations around Ireland, and many more across the UK and Europe, has been awarded in two categories at the prestigious Green Awards 2016, an annual event at which the cream of Ireland’s green industry is recognised. The Waterford-based meat processor was awarded ‘Green Large Organisation of the Year’ […]

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Sidel Helps Nestlé Waters Achieve Worldwide Energy Savings

    Sidel Helps Nestlé Waters Achieve Worldwide Energy Savings

As the result of a worldwide energy-saving programme, Sidel has supported Nestlé Waters in achieving reductions in its energy consumption at production sites in countries around the globe. Consequently, the world’s leading producer of bottled water has achieved energy savings equivalent to the consumption of more than 20 ovens, representing savings of more than Eur1 […]

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IPN-QuadCore – Delivering Enhanced Fire and Thermal Performance From Insulated Panels

Once upon a time, strong environmental ratings for a building were considered nice-to-haves – the preserve of clients with big budgets and architects with significant design responsibility. However, advances in environmentally-friendly building technology, coupled with a strong business case for sustainability, have effected a market shift that is pushing the environment up the agenda like […]

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ENERGY MANAGEMENT – Tangerine Confectionery – A Customer’s Perspective

    ENERGY MANAGEMENT – Tangerine Confectionery – A Customer’s Perspective

Tangerine Confectionery is a leading UK independent manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn. The reasons behind their success include commitment to excellence, innovation, product quality, dedication to the customer and a determination to protect and promote traditional skills in UK manufacturing.
Rob Overton, Engineering Manager at Tangerine Confectionery, explains: “We were increasing our capacity of […]

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Solar Boost For Northern Ireland Food Producer

    Solar Boost For Northern Ireland Food Producer

Armagh-based food producer Linwoods, which employs almost 300 people and is known for its premium bakery products, fresh dairy and health foods, has invested in 200 rooftop solar panels as part of a significant £2 million development of its site. Linwoods has appointed Kingspan Energy to install a new 50kW solar PV system which will create […]

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Tougher Food Recycling Targets in Scotland

    Tougher Food Recycling Targets in Scotland

Thousands of organisations in Scotland are being urged to act on new regulations to tackle food waste which came into effect on 1 January. Premises where food is prepared, sold or consumed, from hotels to hospitals, will have to separate any waste greater than 5kg per week for recycling or face a fine up to […]

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Danone and Veolia Form Global Alliance on Climate Change

    Danone and Veolia Form Global Alliance on Climate Change

Food group and beverage giant Danone and Veolia, the global resource management group, have announced an innovative strategic partnership focusing on the water cycle, waste management, sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency, to meet the challenge of climate change. Creating economic, social and environmental value, this global alliance is one of a kind. It is part […]

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Understanding the Suitability of LED Lighting For the Food and Drink Industry

    Understanding the Suitability of LED Lighting For the Food and Drink Industry

In an effort to run greener, leaner and more sustainable facilities, many food and drink companies have considered making the switch to LED lighting in their production, packaging, warehousing and/or commercial outlets. In fact, interest in and adoption rate of LED for both new construction and retrofit has been growing rapidly over the last two […]

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Coca-Cola HBC Announces New Carbon and Water Commitments

    Coca-Cola HBC Announces New Carbon and Water Commitments

Coca-Cola HBC, a leading bottler of the brands of The Coca-Cola Company, has announced new water and carbon commitments after being named by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the world sustainability leader in the beverage industry. Coca-Cola HBC intends to reduce water use intensity by 30% by 2020, compared to 2010 and direct […]

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Mondelez International Accelerates Action on Climate Change With New 2020 Global Sustainability Goals

    Mondelez International Accelerates Action on Climate Change With New 2020 Global Sustainability Goals

Mondelēz International has announced its sustainability goals for 2020, an ambitious end-to-end approach to reduce its carbon footprint. The new goals include reducing absolute carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing in line with science-based targets; reducing deforestation within its agricultural supply chain; focusing water-reduction efforts in high-priority locations; and eliminating packaging material. By leveraging its position […]

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AD Operators See Performance Benefits With Micronutrient Technology

    AD Operators See Performance Benefits With Micronutrient Technology

The latest micronutrient technology can boost productivity – and profits – for food waste anaerobic digester (AD) operators. Licensed operators are increasingly treating food waste through ADs for the production of constantly generated renewable energy in the form of biogas, which can either be used on-site to reduce reliance on costly fossil fuels or sold as […]

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Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material

    Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material

The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new University of Eastern Finland study.
Seeking to find alternatives to ethanol as a fuel, the study established optimal pre-treatment conditions for turning straw lignocelluloses and barley starch into fermentable sugars that […]

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Energy Cost Savings at Molson Coors UK

    Energy Cost Savings at Molson Coors UK

Molson Coors has reduced its carbon emissions by 6.5% and saved more than £750,000 from the first year of operation of its new energy centre based at its Burton Brewery site in the UK. Through efficiency improvements in steam production, compressed air and refrigeration during the brewing process, Molson Coors has saved 8.3 million kWh […]

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2 Sisters Sustainability Plan Under way

    2 Sisters Sustainability Plan Under way

Sisters Food Group, one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, has started up a potato-powered energy plant as a first step in a new sustainability plan which aims to generate 35,000 tonnes of carbon savings a year and slash the group’s carbon footprint by 20% by 2018. The new bio-refinery at 2 Sisters’ Cavaghan and […]

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PepsiCo Sustainability Initiatives Deliver $375 Million in Cost Savings

    PepsiCo Sustainability Initiatives Deliver $375 Million in Cost Savings

PepsiCo has announced that its environmental sustainability programs saved the company more than $375 million since its goals were established in 2010. The savings were achieved through the continued progress of the company’s water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives. During the same time period, the company delivered double-digit net revenue and operating profit growth – […]

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Nestlé Tops Category in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

    Nestlé Tops Category in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

A ‘zero water’ factory in Mexico, a UK confectionery factory that turns waste into renewable energy are just two examples of the kind of work that has helped Nestlé achieve an industry leading score of 99 out of 100 in the ‘Environmental Dimension’ of the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The DJSI is a […]

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John Dewar & Sons Surges Ahead With Sustainability Practices

    John Dewar & Sons Surges Ahead With Sustainability Practices

The Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands is known for its rich tradition of producing some of the world’s finest Scotch – while at the same time, setting industry-leading sustainability standards.
The late 2014 instalment of a biomass boiler at the Aberfeldy site cut the carbon footprint at the home of Dewar’s […]

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Mondelez International Reports Good Progress Against Global Well-being Goals in 2014 Report

    Mondelez International Reports Good Progress Against Global Well-being Goals in 2014 Report

Mondelez International has published its Call For Well-being 2014 Progress Report.  The report details how the world’s leading snacking company exceeded many key environmental goals and took significant steps forward to meet its remaining global well-being targets by 2020.
“We firmly believe that we can grow our business, while improving the well-being of the planet.  Through our […]

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