UK - Poultry meat and food processor, Moy Park, has got financial backing for new biomass technology and long term biomass fuel supply to improve sustainable fuel efficiency.
Renewable energy specialists Land Energy and Cofely and fund manager SDCL backed by the UK Green Investment Bank are to invest in 86 biomass boilers being installed at the company’s farm base in England by the end of 2015.
Alan Gibson, UK and Ireland Director said "As a renewable energy source, biomass not only ensures our farms are more sustainable, but also delivers additional welfare benefits for the birds, through enhanced environmental conditions on farm. Biomass also improves fuel efficiency which contributes to overall sustainability.
"As a responsible business, sustainable production is central to our long-term strategy and our ambitions to grow the company through delivering higher welfare fresh locally farmed poultry for our customers and consumers."
This announcement adds to the significant on-going investment in biomass by Moy Park suppliers.
In recent months 68 biomass boilers have been installed by farm owners on Moy Park’s managed farms in GB with more planned for the rest of the year and in Northern Ireland 280 poultry houses will have biomass heating systems installed by our growers by the first quarter of 2015, with 105 currently in place.
Moy Park, which is widely recognised for leading the way in sustainable best practice, said the biomass projects will replace LPG fuel with wood pellets sustainably sourced and in total, will reduce Moy Park’s emissions by 18,500 tonnes of carbon dioxideemissions per annum.ThePoultrySite News Desk