The company behind leading Irish cider brand Bulmers C&C Group has announced a commitment to accelerate the reduction of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
To accelerate GHG emission reductions, C&C Group noted that it has has contracted Irish decarbonisation firm CoolPlanet to 'significantly' decarbonise its Clonmel (Bulmers) site's direct carbon emissions.
Decarbonisation is the term used for removal or reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) output into the atmosphere.
Using its decarbonisation software Clarity, CoolPlanet identified a number of opportunities that will deliver a 42% reduction in direct carbon emissions at the Bulmers manufacturing facility over the next 12 months.
The beverage manufacturer highlighted that this would represent a 1,882 tonne reduction in CO2.
Martin Doogan, head of Engineering, C&C Group, said, "This innovative design will reduce onsite carbon emissions by up to 50%, thus significantly impacting our overall group sustainability targets, and it will materially reduce site natural gas dependency in these uncertain times".
At present, 100% of the electricity used in the Bulmers manufacturing facility is provided by renewable sources.
As a beverage production facility, the Clonmel site uses thermal energy at a range of temperatures in many processes from pasteurisation to cleaning.
The company noted that it has installed Ireland's largest rooftop solar farm providing 10% of the facility’s electricity requirements while reducing carbon emissions by 4%.
C&C Group said that is aiming to be a carbon-neutral business by 2050 at the latest.