Thermal insulation container set to help the industry in transporting cold foods

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Refrigerated transport is often considered a major contributor towards carbon emissions. Provider of thermal insulation materials Enviro-Pod said that, aside from the high running cost of refrigerated transport, running chillers and doors being left open during the loading and reloading of stock also have a damaging effect on the environment. 

One solution to cutting back carbon emissions can be to switch to an electricity-powered vehicle, something that Nigel Harvey from Harvey’s Butchers in Norwich has benefited from.

Over the years, Harvey has worked to move the butcher’s away from its position as a game dealer and to focus on the retail and wholesale side of the business, providing organic meats and other locally-sourced traceable products.

After test-driving a Nissan e-NV200 electric van, Harvey is now running a fully-powered electric vehicle for delivery.

“Our company ethos has always been to provide responsibly sourced meat and other produce locally wherever we can,” explained Harvey.

“Knowing that not only does the lack of food miles contribute to better animal welfare, but it also contributes to a greener environment. Something we try hard to achieve across all areas of the business.”

In addition, the butchery business has also been able to benefit from Enviro-Pod’s Thermal Space Saver system, a lightweight container designed to protect and maintain the temperature of goods.

The Thermal Space Saver is made of a toughened material, is washable and can be used over again. In the case of Harvey’s, it has eliminated the use of unnecessary packaging.

“Coming from a Norfolk butchery family this project was particularly rewarding to see come to fruition so successfully,” said Mike Brown, director of Enviro-Pod.

“Our technology is in widespread use in the food and drink sector nationally and we expect interest to grow further as environmentally conscious businesses future-proof their activities and differentiate themselves as leaders for change.”

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