Dairy producer Emmi aims to slash CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020
Dairy producer, Emmi, plans to reduce its global CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 thanks to the progress of its Swiss subsidiary Mittelland Molkerei.
The Swiss firm said that it has taken “a major step forward towards achieving this target” by connecting Mittelland Molkerei in Suhr, Switzerland, to the local district heating network.
Emmi’s Switzerland sites consume around 180-gigawatt hours of thermal energy a year, of which 32-gigawatt hours are accounted for by Mittelland Molkerei in Suhr, which specialises in producing drinking milk, cream and butter.
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Until recently, this energy mostly came from natural gas, with the associated CO2 emissions amounting to 6,500 tonnes annually.
The dairy producer says that it is partnering with the local district heating network provided by Fernwärme Wynefeld AG (FEWAG) and the Buchs waste incineration plant.
As a result, Mittelland Molkerei can cover 80% the energy previously generated with natural gas using heat from the FEWAG network.
Meanwhile, in the winter months, the remaining 20% will be produced using natural gas.
Through the partnership, Emmi will reduce its CO2 emissions by 5,000 tonnes annually, corresponding to around 12% of Emmi’s CO2 emissions in 2017.
On top of this, Emmi switched to hydroelectric power for all its Swiss sites in 2017.
Emmi bought the remaining 40% of Mittelland Molkerei from AXM Verwaltungs in 2016, boosting its stake to 100%.
Earlier this week, the Swiss firm also raised its sake in Netherland’s AVH Dairy Trade as it focuses on growing its goat milk portfolio.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.