ABP Food Group this week (9th November) hosted a best practice Sustainability Summit for its beef and lamb processing sites. The aim of the event was to showcase and share examples of best practice and expertise from within the Group. All 120 attendees were encouraged to adopt innovations from other ABP Group locations across Ireland and the UK, and integrate to their local site. The bi-annual event, which took place in Dublin, has played a key part in ABP reaching many of its 2020 targets ahead of time.
Commenting at the event, Dean Holroyd, ABP’s Technical and Sustainability Director said, “This is an invaluable opportunity for the wider ABP team to share and learn. At the moment hundreds of innovative sustainability initiatives are taking place across all of our sites in Ireland and the United Kingdom, so it is important that all ABP sites benefit from these. Today builds on the success of our 2015 event where 50 new sustainability projects were adopted and implemented, contributing significantly to progress against our 2020 targets.”
ABP Food Group is a founding member of Origin Green. Earlier this year the company became the first organisation globally to achieve Carbon Trust Triple Certification for the third time in a row. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s leading independent certification awarded to organisations that can demonstrate they are taking effective action to tackle their environmental impact, verifying reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste output. It recognises good management and year-on-year improvements in sustainability performance.
Furthermore, Olleco, ABP Food Group’s renewable division recently announced a £22 million investment in a green energy plant adjacent to the Arla dairy in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The plant will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes.