Belvoir Farm continues with drive to become carbon neutral by 2030

By Michelle Perrett

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Belvoir has introduced solar panels to generate up to a third of its electricity needs
Belvoir has introduced solar panels to generate up to a third of its electricity needs

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Premium soft drinks company Belvoir Farm is continuing its drive to become carbon neutral by 2030, by installing a solar panel roof at its Leicestershire factory and joining the Certified Sustainable initiative.

In the same week as the COP26 is taking place in Glasgow the soft drinks company has revealed that it has just completed the installation of 746 Solar Photovoltaic panels across the roof, which will generate up to one third the company’s electricity needs. 

By joining the Certified Sustainable initiative the company said it would enable the firm to track all its waste to ensure its sustainability practices are as robust as possible.  It said it has already achieved “outstanding results” across the board in a detailed, independent audit of its entire waste management and recycling activities. 

It will now be tracking a number of initiatives such as harvesting rainwater on the farm for irrigation; recycling and repurposing waste drums into furniture; returning the packaging of its glass bottles to the manufacturer to be reused; zero waste to landfill achievement and some waste streams being used to generate more electricity. 

Fuel replacement 

The company has also replaced oil with natural gas for the factory steam boiler and Biogas for its Forklift Truck Fleet, saving 40% of the carbon emitted and they have plans to eventually replace this with Hydrogen. 

Belvoir Farm managing director Pev Manners, said: “We are absolutely committed to sustainable drinks production. For us, environmental responsibility, modern day farming techniques and good business practice go hand in hand, and we are thrilled to be joining the Certified Sustainable Initiative.

"This shows to all our customers, colleagues and suppliers that we are serious about recycling and managing our waste streams in the most sustainable ways, as part of our overall commitment to our shared natural environment and desire to leave our farm and the world in a better place for our children.”

'Leading light'

Rod Challis, co-founder of Certified Sustainable, added: “Our goal is to, on a business-by-business basis, shine a light on the waste management process and drive positive change. Working with Belvoir has been a pleasure, it is a leading light in effective waste management and has achieved outstanding scores across the board.

From working with local companies and recycling and repurposing waste drums into furniture, to returning the packaging of it glass bottles to the manufacturer to be reused for future deliveries, Belvoir has looked at its waste management in minute detail.  The business is doing all it can to safeguard the environment and we are proud to enable the brand in substantiating the fate of its waste.”

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