Cheese company goes green

Dairy products company Adams Foods has announced carbon savings of 476 tonnes in its new factory and office complex in Staffordshire.

The company, famous for the Kerrygold brand, installed combined heat and power (CHP) technology provided by sustainable power group ENER-G as part of its environmental management programme.

The company estimates that it has achieved carbon savings of 476 tonnes since the CHP system was fully commissioned in June 2010.

The CHP system generates 150kW of electricity and provides 225kW of heat to pre-heat water for washing and cleaning.

Occupying 15,500m2, the new facility employs 550 people and operates 24 hours a day.

In its drive to low carbon energy use, Kerrygold has also implemented a range of energy saving technologies.

These include sun pipes, passive infra-red (PIR) lighting controls, photovoltaic cells, and free cooling to the production hall using roof mounted air fans and inverter driven motors on pumps and fans.

The state-of-the-art factory and office complex aims to be the most efficient and environmentally friendly cheese packing facility in Europe.

Alison Brown

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