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Saturday 16 December 2017

ABP Food Group in €24.5m renewable energy project

The Arla dairy will become a zero carbon milk processing facility
The Arla dairy will become a zero carbon milk processing facility
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Larry Goodman-owned ABP Food Group has announced plans to invest in a €24.5m green energy plant in the UK through its renewable energy division Olleco.

The plant will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes.

The news comes as Olleco recently opened a 15 megawatt Anaerobic Digestion facility in Buckinghamshire in England.

The facility is located adjacent to the Arla dairy, allowing the dairy to become a zero carbon milk processing facility.

Robert Behan, managing director of Olleco, described the new facility, as an "excellent" example of the circular economy in action, with multiple supply chain partners working together to deliver a sustainable outcome.

"This state of the art Olleco facility will convert in excess of 100,000 tonnes of waste into heat, power and bio-methane for export to the national grid, and bio-fertiliser for both of ABP Food Group’s and Arla’s farmer suppliers," Mr Behan said.

Mr Behan went on to say that sustainability was a key priority across the ABP Food group.

Olleco, which employs over 600 people across the UK, collects waste food and cooking oil from the retail and food service sector and then converts this waste into bio diesel, bio gas and bio fertiliser.

This is not the first time that ABP has ventured into sustainable practices.

In 2015 the company opened the world’s first certified carbon neutral abattoir in Shropshire in England, where waste material from the food processing operation is used in conjunction with used cooking oil to provide the energy requirements on site.

The company is one of Europe’s leading privately owned agribusiness companies, and is the largest beef processor in Ireland and the UK.

The company, which employs 10,000 people overall, also operates substantial renewable, pet food and protein divisions, along with operating 49 manufacturing plants in Ireland, UK, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Holland, France and Spain.

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