Europe’s largest food chain by-products processor, Saria, is now operating its Doncaster, UK, site completely off-grid using 100 percent renewable energy from anaerobic digestion (AD).
The firm’s state-of-the-art ReFood anaerobic digestion plant recycles more than 160,000 tonnes of food waste per year, generating 5 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity via combined heat and power (CHP), alongside hot water and heat. A percentage of the energy is being used to power other businesses at the Doncaster Ings Road site, as part of a group-wide sustainability initiative.
The Doncaster site, which consists of businesses operating right across the food chain by-products industry, also produces a sustainable biofertiliser as a by-product of the process. This is being used by local farmers to support crop growth.
“With a group-wide commitment to energy efficiency, realising our goal of achieving off-grid status is a noteworthy achievement – demonstrating true commitment to meeting food sector sustainability targets” said Philip Simpson, commercial director at Saria Ltd. “Through continued investment and our pioneering AD process, we are now able to not only provide homes and businesses across the region with access to a complexly sustainable energy source, but also minimise our own reliance on fossil fuels.”
Saria prioritises sustainability across its business operations, with a highly environmentally-friendly vehicle fleet and sustainable building methods that are utilised in every new site development and expansion project undertaken. Each of the company’s UK facilities feature state-of-the-art energy saving measures to minimise environmental impact.