Food & Drink Sector Pioneering The Trend For On-Site Renewable Energy

24-06-13-food-&-drink-adBusinesses in the food and drink sector are currently generating more that £32m per year from renewables, according to figures from a recent research project.

The statistics, which have been unveiled by independent energy company SmartestEnergy, show that there are currently 38 large-scale renewable generation projects operating within the sector and that these facilities have a combined capacity of almost 135MW, a far greater level than is achieved by any other individual business sector.

SmartEnergy’s Iain Robertson – “For businesses faced with steep rises in energy costs, investing in their own renewable energy projects can generate significant savings and help them remain competitive”

The three most popular forms of renewable technology used are anaerobic digestion (AD), biomass and wind, which together accounted for more than a third of the UK’s on-site energy generation in 2012.

SmartEnergy head of generation Iain Robertson said: “For businesses faced with steep rises in energy costs, investing in their own renewable energy projects can generate significant savings and help them remain competitive. Consumers are increasingly interested in the sustainability of companies which they buy products from and investing in renewable energy can be used to highlight environmental credentials.”

“(For) generating capacity, the most popular was AD, for which the food manufacturing industry can use by-products that generated 67% of renewable energy capacity … the combined strength of a large number of these projects will also play an important role in helping the country meet its climate change targets in the years ahead.”

A comprehensive set of figures for on-site generation projects will be published later this month as part of SmartEnergy’s Energy Entrepreneurs report.

 

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