Tangerine has signed a deal for technologies from sustainable engineering group ENER-G

Tangerine is the largest independent sugar confectionery manufacturer in the UK, owner of brands such as Barratt, Lion, Mojo, Wilkinson’s and Butterkist.

Its seven UK production sites employ approximately 1500 people and in three years, turnover has increased from £40 million to £150 million.

The company is installing energy efficient combined heat and power (CHP) systems at its Pontefract production site in West Yorkshire – where household names including Wilkinson’s Pontefract cakes and Butterkist Popcorn are made.

Each year, companies believe almost £200,000 worth of energy and about 630 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to the environmental benefit of 63,000 trees, will be saved.

Reductions will carried out in two-phases the first saw the installation of an ENER-G 500kWe cogeneration unit in September last year.

And will be completed following the installing of a 230kWe trigeneration system to be commissioned in February 2011.

The smaller unit will provide electricity, heating and cooling to supply a second production facility.

Tangerine operations director, Peter Sanders, said: “We are continually seeking ways to raise our environmental performance and this move to on-site generation of power is a key element of our carbon-cutting strategy.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with ENER-G which is able to provide us with a total service – from initial design to long term care of the systems.

“This has required no capital investment by the company as the technology is being supplied by ENER-G in return for us purchasing the generated electricity at a very favourable rate.”

Luke Walsh

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