Kepak has announced a €15 million 'green partnership' with ActionZero, which will form a key part of Kepak’s plans to make its business more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions of its Athleague site by more than 90%.
According to the Big Al's owner, the multi-million euro project will be delivered in its Co Roscommon facility, with plans to roll out the technology across the Kepak group.
The company said that the initial project will eliminate almost 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent to planting over 200,000 trees.
Strong Climate Action
The project will focus on decarbonising heat using ActionZero’s EscoPod system.
Simon Walker, CEO, Kepak group said, “Kepak fully recognises the importance of taking strong climate action.
"The ActionZero EscoPod system will make a huge contribution to our 2030 group sustainability targets, delivering impressive cost savings and a strong return on investment. The project will play a key role in delivering our group sustainability strategy."
The ActionZero EscoPod is a patented heat pump system that delivers decarbonisation of heat.
ActionZero is currently working on projects to decarbonise heat in the industry and enterprise sectors, with plans to develop a consumer market offering. According to ActionZero, the EscoPod system delivers energy cost savings of up to 60% and energy savings of up to 70%.
Denis Collins, CEO, ActionZero commented, “This is a landmark sustainability moment for the food sector – removing carbon emissions, increasing productivity, lowering cost.
"To make sustainability happen, we need to make it profitable, and that’s exactly what we are doing with the ActionZero EscoPod.
"Kepak are taking a big step on their sustainability journey, supported by our ground-breaking EscoPod technology – we are delighted to be supporting them with this pioneering project for the decarbonisation of heat in the food sector."