Moy Park announces major biomass investment

Posted on 17 Nov 2014 by Callum Bentley

Moy Park has announced significant partnership investments in biomass technology and long-term biomass fuel supply in an effort to improve its sustainable fuel efficiency.

Resulting in 86 biomass boilers being installed at the company’s farm base in England by the end of 2015, the committed investment will be delivered through renewable energy specialists Land Energy and Cofely and fund manager SDCL, backed by the UK Green Investment Bank.

Alan Gibson, Moy Park, UK & Ireland director
Alan Gibson, Moy Park, UK & Ireland director

Moy Park’s UK & Ireland director, Alan Gibson commented: “As a renewable energy source, biomass not only ensures our farms are more sustainable, but also delivers additional welfare benefits for the birds, through enhanced environmental conditions on farm.”

Noting that biomass also contributes towards improving fuel efficiency and overall sustainability, Gibson added that, as a responsible business, sustainable production is central to the company’s long-term strategy and growth ambitions through the delivery of “higher welfare fresh locally farmed poultry for our customers and consumers.”

This announcement adds to the significant on-going investment in biomass by Moy Park suppliers. In recent months 68 biomass boilers have been installed by farm owners on Moy Park’s managed farms in Great Britain with more planned before the end of 2014. In Northern Ireland, 280 poultry houses will have biomass heating systems installed by the first quarter of 2015, with 105 currently in place.

According to Moy Park, the biomass projects will replace liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuel with sustainably sourced wood pellets and could reduce its Co2 emissions by upwards of 18,500 tonnes annually.