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Bernard Matthews Announces Renewable Project

by 5m Editor
16 November 2011, at 8:49am

UK - Bernard Matthews Ltd, the UK’s leading turkey farmer and supplier, and Glendale Power Ltd have announced a renewable power project at the existing Bernard Matthews site in Holton, Suffolk.

Using the technology of anaerobic digestion, the business will convert around 28,000 tonnes of waste each year into biogas. This will help power the factory with green energy and in turn provide significant environmental benefits to the local community. The anaerobic digester will be fully integrated into the existing factory site.

A major environmental benefit of the new project will be the reduction in lorry journeys from the factory site. Bernard Matthews and Glendale Power estimate that this investment will remove over 1,200 lorry journeys each year - that’s around 60 per cent of the factory’s traffic associated with waste.

The £4m project will be fully funded through venture capital and will supply approximately 13 per cent of the site’s electricity needs and 10 per cent of its heat, with an overall reduction in CO2 emissions estimated at 2,800 tonnes per annum (tpa).

Mr Rob Mears, UK MD of Bernard Matthews Ltd, commented: "This is an important development for Bernard Matthews and the local community. It will not only reduce our carbon footprint and help create a sustainable, constant, environmentally friendly source of power for the factory, but it will also provide significant environmental benefits to the local community and help strengthen our long term competitive position for the site."

The project partners are now working to prepare a planning application for submission this year, with the aim of making the anaerobic digester fully operational by April 2013.