The 2 Sisters Food Group has signed a contract with H2 Energy to set up anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities at all its UK factories.
2 Sisters runs large-scale chicken farms and owns a number of famous brands including Fox’s Biscuits. The company’s energy-from-waste deal will see waste and animal by-products converted into power and heat for industrial use.
H2 Energy will design, manufacture, build and operate what it calls “bio-refineries” at 43 sites.
Initially ten factories will be converted over the next three years, covering food manufacturing, poultry, fish and meat processing sites. It is estimated this phase will deliver around 40,000 MWh of electricity, the equivalent of supplying 10,000 homes.
The first site to be converted is Cavaghan & Gray in Carlisle, which manufactures ready meals. The energy produced by the bio-refinery will provide more than 20% of the site’s needs.
2 Sisters said there would also be a “huge reduction” in lorry movements, as waste will no longer have to be transported.
Andrew Edlin, sustainability and environment director, said the scheme was “absolutely cutting edge”.
“This is a true demonstration of our commitment to sustainability and innovation and highlights how we want to engage with innovators to meet our sustainable development goals.”
William Shotton, chief executive of H2 Energy, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the partnership on embedded generation with 2 Sisters and the benefits of waste treatment at source, decreased vehicle movements and reduced carbon emissions to be achieved by this agreement.”