Wednesday 23 October 2019

BWG in €11m green drive to reduce its footprint

Wholesale and retail group BWG is to invest €11m in a sustainability investment programme which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of its nationwide supply chain. Stock photo
Wholesale and retail group BWG is to invest €11m in a sustainability investment programme which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of its nationwide supply chain. Stock photo
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

Wholesale and retail group BWG is to invest €11m in a sustainability investment programme which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of its nationwide supply chain.

BWG Foods operates one of the largest delivery fleets in the country with approximately 280 vehicles.

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It will launch a fleet of CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles following an initial investment of more than €2m in 14 new trucks, along with supporting infrastructure.

The group, which has partnered with Gas Networks Ireland on the initiative, has plans to extend its investment in CNG vehicles by an additional €6m for a further 50 vehicles by 2025.

The new vehicles, which use natural gas as the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel, are currently generating C02 savings of up to 22pc per truck. Each of BWG Foods' new trucks will complete approximately 120,000km over the next 12 months, with each truck saving 7.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the process.

When biogas becomes available, BWG Foods projects CO2 emissions from its fleet will fall by approximately 90pc compared with today's levels.

As part of its wider supply chain sustainability programme, BWG Foods is also implementing a number of operational efficiency projects.

They have already led to collective CO2 emission savings of 3,200 tonnes, including a re-routing programme which led to the reduction of more than 2.3 million kilometres travelled annually, and the increasing of individual delivery vehicle capacity by 15pc, further reducing the number of journeys required.

Some €3m has also been invested in the roll-out of LED and sensor lighting across its retail network, its nationwide cash and carry network and its 240,000 sq ft national distribution centre facility in Kilcarbery, reducing its overall carbon footprint by more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and removing 6.5 gigawatt hours from the grid.

BWG Foods has also recently partnered with renewable energy efficiency company Enerpower for the rollout of solar panels across its branded retail network, and Eurospar Gortahork was the first site to go solar under this scheme last month.

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