Larry Goodman, the beef baron has announced that as his ABP Food Group is committed towards the environment, it will invest €24.5 million in a green energy plant in UK.
Olleco, the ABP’s renewable division has opened a new 15MW “anaerobic digestion facility.”
This facility that is opened in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire is adjacent to Arla, a dairy company. The sustainable energy that this facility will produce is enough to provide power to around 12,000 homes.
Using this green power, Arla will become a zero-carbon milk-processing facility.
Green energy is pursued seriously by all world powers and has become a significant growth sector in Republic and UK too. The companies are trying that their facilities become carbon neutral.
Robert Behan, the managing director of Olleco said, “This state-of-the-art Olleco facility will convert about 100,000 tonnes of waste into heat, power and bio-methane for export to the national grid. It is also going to act as a bio-fertilizer for both ABP Food Group’s and Arla’s farmer suppliers.”
As sustainability is a key priority for ABP Food Group, in their new facility they have tried to implement an example. Their multiple supply chain partners work in tandem to deliver sustainability hence maintaining a perfect circular economy in action.
Until last month ABP had the distinction of being the largest beef processor in the Republic. The company has always tried to invest and implement innovative sustainability measures which help in reducing the environmental footprint associated with the field of business. In this endeavour, they had opened a certified carbon-neutral abattoir in Ellesmere two years back in 2015. It is the first of its kind in the world where the food-processing operation’s waste material is used with cooking oil providing for the energy requirements on site.