New Energy From Waste Agreement at ABP Linden Foods to Power Retail Site
ABP Linden Foods partners with Progress Energy & 3T Power for Circular Economy Solution.
ABP Linden Foods has entered into a green energy agreement with two local Northern Irish businesses, Progress Energy and 3T Power, to provide a circular economy solution that generates renewable electricity from biogas for its retail site at Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. The biogas is generated by Progress Energy in a process using anaerobic digestion of organic waste by-products from two other ABP factories at Newry and Lurgan. The biogas is turned into green electricity for 3T Power who then supplies it to ABP Linden. The arrangement satisfies 100% of ABP Linden retail site’s renewable electricity requirement.
ABP Linden’s retail customers include some of the UK’s leading supermarkets. “The carbon footprint of Northern Irish beef & lamb produce is already about half the global average, **” explains Elaine Willis, ABP Linden’s Retail Director. This initiative addresses our scope 2 emissions from purchased energy. But it is particularly exciting because it creates value from waste within our local agri-food supply chain.”
Progress Energy which is situated in Dromore Co. Down was set up by the farmer Andrew Thompson in 2014 with an investment in a 500kW multi-million-pound anaerobic digestion plant. He commented, “I saw the opportunity to help address Northern Ireland’s decarbonisation challenges with Progress Energy. As a farmer, I am particularly delighted to work with 3T Power and ABP Linden Foods on a circular economy solution in the beef processing sector.”
“This collaboration creates a circular economy solution that we are all proud to be part of,” added 3T Director, Thomas Kelso.
ABP Linden is based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone and supplies top quality Northern Irish meat products to a wide range of retail multiples, convenience food manufacturers and the wider meat packing industry in the UK and Europe. Formally Linden Foods, the business was fully acquired by ABP in 2021. This followed a 50-50 joint venture arrangement between ABP and Fane Valley which had been operating since 2017. This initiative is part of ABP’s group-wide commitment to lowering its carbon footprint through a sustainability strategy that is aligned to science-based targets, as set out in the 2015 Paris agreement.
**source Government’s Committee on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef https://www.theccc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Land-use-Policies-for-a-Net-Zero-UK.pdf