Cheese firm drastically cuts carbon

By Rick Pendrous

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Carbon dioxide

Pre-packed cheese producer Adams Foods, formed by merger of The Kerrygold Company with North Downs Dairy in October 2010, has achieved some impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions since installing a combined heat and power (CHP) unit at its factory in Staffordshire last year.

The 150kW CHP unit supplied by sustainable power group Ener-G is part of an environmental management programme at the factory. Since full commissioning of the CHP system last June it has cut carbon by 476t equivalent. As well as electricity, the CHP plant provides 225kW of energy to pre-heat water for washing and cleaning.

Adams' modern factory and office complex at Leek was designed for efficiency and environmental friendliness. It occupies 15,500m2 and employs 550 people.

Other new energy saving measures include sun pipes, passive infrared lighting controls, photovoltaic cells, and free cooling to the production hall using roof-mounted air fans and inverter-driven motors on pumps and fans.

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