Renewable Energy

Cargill has opened a solar energy plant at its Ghana coca and chocolate factory

Cargill opens renewable energy plant

By Gwen Ridler

Cargill has opened a new solar power facility at its cocoa and chocolate site in Tema, Ghana, part of its global strategy of investing in environmentally friendly, renewable ways of generating power for industrial production.

ICS Cool Energy wins Carbon Trust accreditation

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ICS Cool Energy wins Carbon Trust accreditation

By Rick Pendrous

ICS Cool Energy has been added to the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Directory as an accredited supplier. The Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier Scheme recognises energy efficient equipment and renewable technology suppliers. 

Carlsberg has launched a four-part sustainability programme for its breweries

Carlsberg to go carbon neutral by 2030

By Gwen Ridler

Beer giant Carlsberg has launched a new sustainability programme, with plans to eliminate carbon emissions and halve water usage by 2030.

Stephen Butterfield (l) with Tomasz Parzyk, environmental manager at CCEP Wakefield, in front of the solar farm

Coca-Cola to use 100% green energy in Europe

By Gwen Ridler

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has begun sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, as it launches a new solar energy farm to support production at its Yorkshire site.

Greg Clark has been promoted to new business minister

Greg Clark named business minister in reshuffle

By Matt Atherton

Former communities and local government secretary Greg Clark has been named the new business minister, as new Prime Minister Theresa May announced her revitalised cabinet.

Unilever has pledged to become carbon positive

Unilever praised for sustainability target

By Laurence Gibbons

Unilever has won praise for committing to becoming carbon positive by 2030 ahead of the United Nations Climate change conference in Paris today (November 30), by the WWF.

Cutting subsides for anaerobic digestion will be damaging, warns the ADBA

Cutting subsidies will badly damage the renewables market

By Rick Pendrous

The government’s recent decision to cut subsidies for biomass, anaerobic digestion and biogas, as well as solar and wind, will damage the development of the renewable energy market in the UK, warn experts in the sector.

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Firms urged to review energy as long-term costs rise

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers need to review their energy use in advance of electricity market reform (EMR) measures that will push up costs in the long-term, according to the head of indirect sales at energy company Npower.

Generating and selling low-carbon energy to retailers could become an important revenue stream for food manufacturers and farmers

Food suppliers could bust energy monopoly of ‘big six’

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s food and drink manufacturers are missing out on potential new revenue streams now available through generating and selling low-carbon energy to retailers, alongside more traditional groceries, according to a leading environmental consultancy.

Energy costs can be beat by anaerobic digestion

Technology aims to cut effluent and energy costs

Anaerobic digestion (AD) technology that can combat rising water effluent and energy costs is being made available to the food and drink industry at no capital cost by Biogas specialist Ener-G

Adnams chief executive Andy Wood is embracing sustainable practices

Fresh bid to raise energy efficiency

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers could raise their energy efficiency and cut their carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to a new pan-European research project.

Food and drink manufacturers are re-evaluating green solutions in the light of rising energy costs, said SmartestEnergy

Food processors generate £32M in renewable electricity

By Rod Addy

Rising energy costs are driving food and drink manufacturers towards green solutions, with a 53% jump in the number of on-site renewable electricity projects in the sector last year, SmartestEnergy has claimed.

Wind turbines: a contentious issue

'Save food industry from new energy rises'

By Laurence Gibbons

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the government to exclude the food industry from its new Energy Bill, which allows energy providers to raise their charges to pay for investment in renewable energy resources.

Clive Hooper set up CI teams to raise performance at Britvic's factories

Britvic's second wave has team spirit

By Rick Pendrous

Britvic is embarking on the second phase of a group-wide total productive maintenance (TPM) programme. It involves transferring ownership of continuous improvement (CI) to the operational teams at individual plants.

Incentives have doubled anaerobic digestion capacity

Policy change could force waste rethink

By David Burrows

Changes to government incentive schemes could force food manufacturers looking to generate their own energy from waste into a rethink.

Solar solution to soaring energy bills?

Solar power solution to soaring energy bills

By Mike Stones

Suffolk veg packer and farming business Frederick Hiam is banking on significantly lower energy bills after installing a £1.5m solar power electricity generation system at its site near Brandon.

wind turbine

UK food manufacturers face power shortages

By Rod Addy

Food processors on interruptable electricity supply contracts face a rising incidence of ‘brown outs’ – where power is temporarily switched off when demand exceeds supply.

Green is the goal

Green is the goal

By Rod Addy

Incentives for making factories more sustainable keep multiplying but there's a lot more to it than installing a wind turbine, says Rod Addy

Industry wages war on waste

Industry wages war on waste

By Michelle Knott

As an array of emerging technologies line up for the renewable energy bandwagon, how viable is waste-to-energy? Michelle Knott reports


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