ABP first food processor to receive Carbon Trust’s triple award

ABP Food Group has become the first food processing company to receive the Carbon Trust’s triple certification for water, carbon and waste reduction initiatives.

The Carbon Trust monitors the efforts of companies to reduce their environmental impact, and has only awarded all three awards to four other companies - Marks & Spencer, Whitbread, PwC and AkzoNobel UK.

ABP has successfully reduced CO2 emissions by 4.4%, water usage by 7.1%, and waste by 9.6% year on year.

Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “ABP is the first food processing company to achieve independent certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard ensures an organisation has made genuine progress in reducing the environmental impact of its business year on year.”

The company’s progress is due to its embarking on a ‘Doing More with Less Programme’ in 2010, when it set itself the targets of a 10% reduction in water usage, a 20% reduction in energy usage and a 25% reduction in CO2 output from ABP plants by 2020. It also plans to send zero to landfill by 2015.

ABP’s group sustainability and environmental manager John Durkan said: “ABP has demonstrated year-on-year progress towards the challenging targets we have set ourselves to reduce the environmental footprint of our business. I am delighted that these efforts have been recognised and certified by a globally recognised body like the Carbon Trust. ABP is at the forefront of Irish businesses, demonstrating that sustainability and success can go hand in hand.”

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