Total Produce has confirmed that, as of September 1st, 2019, the group’s Irish operations have moved to 100% renewable electric energy sources to power its business units across the island.
The fresh produce provider said that the initiative, alongside additional carbon-reducing measures already in place, will deliver a 40% reduction in carbon consumption by the end of 2020.
The move is part of the company’s “Vision 20/20” plan, whereby it aims to reduce carbon consumption throughout the group internationally.
“In Total Produce, we’re privileged that the products we sell, fresh fruits & vegetables, are associated with the smallest environmental footprint of all the primary foodstuffs, but we can always do more,” Des McCoy, Managing Director of Total Produce Ireland, said.
“Our transition to renewable energy demonstrates our ongoing commitment to reducing ever further our impact on the environment and is but one component of a broader suite of measures being put in place as part of our ongoing journey towards becoming an ever more sustainable company.”
The transition applies to 22 units; 18 in the Republic and four in Northern Ireland, and includes central distribution centres, production facilities, regional depots and the group’s Dublin head office.
Total Produce said it partnered with Electric Ireland in the Republic of Ireland and Go Power in Northern Ireland with Captured Carbon Ltd verifying the green energy source declarations.
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