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Monaghan Mushrooms Announces Renewable Energy

By Publications Checkout
Monaghan Mushrooms Announces Renewable Energy

Monaghan Mushrooms has signed a €2.8m deal with Irish energy supplier Vayu to bring green electricity, generated by a 10-turbine wind farm in West Cork, to its facilities in Monaghan, Mayo and Kildare.

As one of the biggest mushroom producers in the world, Monaghan Mushrooms employs 3,500 worldwide and harvests over 13 million kilos of mushrooms each year, with 95% of its produce exported to overseas markets.

The company also produces nearly 150,000 tonnes of environmentally sustainable mushroom compost each year, which it sells to mushroom growers nationwide.

Paul Wilson, CEO of Monaghan Mushrooms explained that access to traceable renewable energy was a critical consideration for Monaghan Mushrooms in choosing to partner with Vayu, the only energy company in Ireland to supply all its customers with electricity from totally renewable sources.

“Our partnership with Vayu will help us reduce our environmental footprint while managing our energy procurement more effectively and reducing our energy costs,” said Wilson.


He added, “Not only does the wind power deal provide us with direct access to sustainable electricity at a fixed price, but we are partnering with a company that has demonstrated a deep understanding and expertise of Ireland’s energy market.”

He also noted that, as part of Bord Bía’s Origin Green programme, the company tries to minimise its impact on the environment through initiatives targeting renewable energy, reduced emissions, energy efficiency, recycling, biodiversity and integrated crop management.

Barry Murphy, energy specialist at Vayu commented, “As more businesses focus on environmental sustainability, access to competitively priced renewable energy is becoming an increasingly important factor for Irish companies seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Pictured are Karl Phelan, Vayu Key Account Manager for Monaghan Mushrooms, with Philip Wilson, Director of Monaghan Mushrooms.

© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan.

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