Queen visits new CHP facility

A new bottling facility in Northern Ireland is cutting CO2 emissions by 66% with the installation of an on-site Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant.

Coca-Cola’s new £93 million plant in Country Antrim is among 20 CHP plants that Coca-Cola Hellenic Group is installing across 28 countries. Invest Northern Island contributed £6.75 million towards the project.

The CHP plant recovers heat energy that would otherwise be lost and uses it to produce electricity, steam and chilled water needed for the bottling process. Excess clean electricity is sold to the local grid.

After completion, the project will result in direct savings of more than 250,000 tons of CO2. Coca-Cola Hellenic worked with ContourGlobal to develop the technology for the plant.

The plant employs 600 people directly, and an estimated 6,000 people indirectly in the supply chain. Its nine production lines have the capacity to produce 250,000 cases of beverages per day.

The plant was visited by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to officially open the new Visitors Centre.

Coca-Cola Hellenic Group chairman, Mr George David OBE, said: “Today’s visit by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh marks the importance of the contribution of business to society through continued investment; wealth creation in the community; job creation; technical innovation; social and community enrichment; and environmental progress and responsibility. This plant says it all.”

The project is part of the company’s policy to practise sustainable development as part of its business strategy. They have developed a set of sustainability policies to manage their environmental impact which focus on recycling waste, water treatment, reducing energy use, and promoting sustainable packaging.

Alison Brown

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