Unipart embarks on biomass project with E.ON

Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by The Manufacturer

Unipart has announced a new renewable energy project with E.ON as part of its effort to reduce its energy costs and carbon emissions through biomass technology at its Oxford site.

The arrangement will see E.ON install, operate and maintain a new 995kW biomass boiler at Unipart’s head offices in Oxford in a new purpose built, containerised external energy centre.

As one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers and logistics and consultancy groups, the project will see Unipart set to provide a sustainable heat source for the site over the next 10 years.

Approximately 668 tonnes of carbon will be saved a year amounting to around £10,000 worth of savings on the company’s liability in the Government CRC energy efficiency scheme, with further reductions in maintenance costs compared to previous heating systems.

Thomas Buss from E.ON Connecting Energies said the electrical company is looking forward to helping Unipart deliver on its ongoing commitment towards environmental management.

“Developing innovative, smarter and lower carbon technology is a key part of our work and this is a great example of what our On-Site Generation team is doing to bring the benefits of innovation and knowledge that help organisations to streamline their energy consumption and make valuable savings,” he added.

The development forms part of an ongoing energy efficiency drive by Unipart, with follow-up projects at additional sites already being explored.

Tim Scoging, property director at Unipart, added: “At Unipart we are committed to delivering better than expected results as part of our ‘Unipart Way, and our agreement with E.ON encompasses these values by bringing new innovation to our energy usage.”