ONE of Ashbourne’s biggest employers has announced it has managed to shave nearly 40 per cent off its energy consumption in the last few years.
Poultry processing firm Moy Park, which has a site on Ashbourne’s Airfield Industrial Estate, has announced it has made energy savings of over £2 million since a project began in 2011.
At its site in Blenheim Road, the amount of thermal energy it uses has dropped by 24 per cent and the electrical energy used on the site has dropped by 13 per cent during production.
Mike Mullan, Moy Park’s human resources and business improvement director, said the company is working proactively to adopt best-practice methods to minimise its environmental footprint.
He said: “Across the company we remain committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations.
“The reduction in our energy usage marks a significant improvement in our sustainable performance throughout 2012 and showcases our efforts to maintain a positive reputation as a responsible business.
“This ethos is central to our long-term business strategy and our ambitions as a company to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
“By implementing significant behavioural and cultural change across the entire business – from ensuring equipment is shut down properly after use to communicating positive feedback to our employees, customers and stakeholders – we have been able to foster a shared determination to support environmentally sustainable work practices.
“We will continue to work towards increased sustainability throughout 2013/14 with proposed schemes ranging from an increased focus on water recovery and recycling across our primary sites, to the upgrade of refrigeration systems and a thermal heat recovery initiative.”
The firm recduced its energy usage for for 2011 and 2012 across a range of areas in the business by setting up ‘environmental initiatives’ including a reduction in electricity consumption by eight per cent.
In Moy Park’s terms, group-wide, this saving is the equivalent of enough electricity to power 3,500 homes for an entire year.
It has also seen its carbon emissions, across all its sites, drop by 11,288 tonnes – the equivalent of nearly 3,000 return flights from London to New York.
Other successful initiatives include the installation of low energy lighting, further investment in heat recovery methods and 96 per cent diversion of waste to landfill.
As well as its site in Ashbourne, Moy Park has 13 sites across three countries in Europe and the firm employs almost 10,000 staff.
As one of Europe’s biggest food producers, its sites produce 1,500 products for sectors of the industry including fresh poultry, coated poultry, ready to eat, light bites and sides, meat-free and desserts.
Among its ready-meal brands are a tie-in with TV-Chef Jamie Oliver.