Environment Minister Edwin Poots has visited Cranswick Country Foods to congratulate it on becoming the first NI agri-food company to achieve PAS 2060 Carbon Neutrality accreditation.
Cranswick’s Ballymena agri-food manufacturing site is the first in its sector in Northern Ireland to achieve the carbon neutral certification following a three-year investment in a range of efficiency and carbon cutting projects.
The key milestone is a critical step in the site’s journey to net zero – a goal it aims to reach by 2040.
Mr Poots said: “We all have a role to play in order to protect and enhance our environment in a sustainable way and it’s fantastic to see local agri-businesses such as Cranswick leading the way in making long-lasting changes which have such a positive impact.
“To achieve carbon neutrality Cranswick have delivered a range of initiatives to cut emissions, including switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity to new LED lighting, and heat recovery systems.
“Cranswick’s achievement is a great asset for NI as we prepare for the UK hosting of COP26 in Glasgow this November.
“I commend its commitment to a net zero journey and look forward to celebrating the next milestone in this important pathway.
“With this achievement you are assisting us in delivering our strategic Green Growth priorities.”
He added: “Many businesses are already thinking green – they are doing the right thing and reaping the benefits.
“We want to work with progressive organisations like Cranswick Country Foods, who are committed to sustainable growth while enhancing the environment.”
Cranswick Site Director Tony Demaine said: “We’re delighted to be the first agri-food manufacturer in Northern Ireland to receive carbon neutral status.
“This first step towards achieving net zero emissions has been a true team effort, with each department playing their part and committing to identifying and implementing changes which have delivered clear and tangible results.”
Alongside its own capital investment, Cranswick received support from Invest NI which helped fund a change from diesel to gas furnaces within the site.
Cranswick’s Second Nature sustainability strategy reflects the ambition to be the world’s most sustainable meat business and is focused on key areas including food waste, plastics usage, greenhouse gases, renewable energy, animal welfare and support for local communities.
As part of the journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2040, Cranswick has committed to setting science-based targets and has made considerable progress in this area.