Going green: Total Produce makes its electricity 100pc renewable at 22 sites
Fruit and vegetable distributor Total Produce says it has adopted 100pc renewable electric energy sources at all 22 of its business units across Ireland, from its depots and distribution hubs to its headquarters.
The Dundalk-based company said that, as of September 1, its 18 premises in the Republic of Ireland were being supplied by Electric Ireland from entirely renewable sources, while north of the border, its four centres were receiving the same from Go Power. It said a Malahide-based consultancy, Captured Carbon Ltd, had verified the green energy source declarations in both jurisdictions.
Total Produce Ireland managing director Des McCoy said the achievement was part of the company's larger commitment to reduce its carbon emissions worldwide by 40pc by the end of 2020. He said the move to source electricity in Ireland primarily from wind generation - currently producing around a quarter of Ireland's electricity needs - was "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".
Total Produce sells more than 300 lines of fruits and vegetables from bases in 39 countries with 260 facilities including farms, vessels, manufacturing sites, cold storage warehousing and packhouses.
Last week it reported sales rose 39.6pc to €3bn in the first six months of 2019, a performance boosted by its 2018 acquisition of a 45pc stake in Dole Foods.