Britvic has announced it is investing £8 million (€9.2 million) to cut carbon emissions and save energy at its London factory.
The project will be launched this year at its Beckton site and will see the installation of a new heat recovery system.
Through this initiative, the drinks group expects to cut factory emissions by an estimated 1,200 tonnes annually, which is equivalent to the annual energy usage of around 500 UK homes.
With the help of the department for energy security and net-zero’s industrial energy transformation fund, the heat recovery system will extract surplus heat from existing systems, increase the temperature and redistribute it around the site using a new low temperature hot water network, replacing the carbon intensive steam system.
This new system will decarbonise 50% of the site’s heat demand by shifting its heat source away from fossil fuels.
The project is set to commence at the end of 2023 and Britvic described it as a 'huge step' towards its commitment to reduce its direct emissions by 50% by 2025 and to achieve net zero by 2050.
"This major investment represents a significant milestone in our journey to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions in service of our science-based targets, and our Healthier People Healthier Planet sustainability strategy," said Sarah Webster, director of sustainable business at Britvic.
"The support from the department for energy security and net zero has been integral to making this happen and it re-enforces our view that collaboration and partnership is critical to developing long-lasting meaningful solutions to protect the planet.”
Britvic added that it reduced its direct carbon emissions by 34% since 2017.
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