By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Loch Fyne Oysters is embarking on an ‘ambitious project’ to cut its carbon emissions to contribute to Scotland’s 2020 target of reducing emissions by 30%.
John Meaney, Loch Fyne’s facilities manager, has said that energy efficiency is one of the company’s main targets for 2015. He hopes to incorporate mini hydro electricity generators and the use of ‘grey water’ recycling to better use their natural resources to cut down on carbon.
Meaney said: “Our whole business model is based around keeping our environmental impact to a minimum and we are always looking for ways to cut our carbon footprint even further – something that is a huge challenge for food businesses.
“Orchard Energy has been our energy procurement partner for many years and we are currently working with the firm’s energy solutions team to identify the most effective technologies and strategies for reducing CO2 emissions.”
Gareth Henderson, Managing Director, Orchard Energy, said: “Understanding how energy is used across the business will be the first step in identifying which energy efficient technologies and operational changes will be most effective in cutting carbon emissions,”
“Our proposed audit will then enable Loch Fyne to devise a clear strategy and set priorities which will be aimed very clearly at reducing carbon footprint, with return on investment being an important but secondary consideration.
“Our energy team has a great deal of experience in supporting Loch Fyne with purchasing in line with business needs and environmental objectives and our efficiency work will be a natural progression of this.”