Britvic Ireland and Flogas Enterprise have announced a new Customer Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) to the value of €2.5million, that will ensure that Ballygowan, Ireland’s iconic water brand, is produced using 100% renewable electricity harnessed from wind energy.
Britvic is the first soft drinks brand in Ireland to sign a CPPA which will allow the company to purchase renewable electricity directly from the Sonnagh Old Wind Farm in Moneylea Co. Galway, producing enough electricity on an annual basis to power their production facility in Newcastle West Co. Limerick and 75% of the company’s total electricity requirements. Newcastle West is the home of Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water, and has the highest level of renewable energy use by any Britvic factory worldwide.
A Corporate Power Purchase Agreement, or CPPA, is a situation whereby a company purchases electricity directly from a wind farm or solar farm. Demand for renewable CPPAs is growing exponentially in Ireland as companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, seek budget certainty in a volatile energy market and avoid greenwashing claims.
The CPPA builds on the achievement of 72% reduction in direct emissions for Britvic Ireland and is reflective of an ever-increasing focus on sustainability at Britvic Ireland across operations and at executive level. Britvic Ireland has recently appointed Sian Young as Director of Sustainable Business on the Irish Executive Team, and Orlagh Geraghty as Head of Planet, putting Sustainability at the heart of decision making.
Sian Young, Director of Sustainable Business at Britvic Ireland said: “Ballygowan, Ireland’s iconic water brand, has a long history of harnessing the best of Ireland’s natural resources to deliver sustainable, locally produced, Irish natural mineral water. This new Corporate Power Purchase Agreement with Flogas Enterprise, valued at €2.5 million, will produce renewable electricity for our production facility in Newcastle West and is a significant investment in our long-term strategy to ensure 100% sustainability across Britvic Ireland’s business operations.”
Charlie Bornemann of Flogas Enterprise spoke of the announcement, saying: “At Flogas Enterprise, one of our top priorities is to support businesses on their paths to sustainability. We have a proven track record of delivering great value and high quality energy solutions which help organisations become more environmentally conscious, and we are very excited to work with Britvic Ireland and support them cut their energy carbon emissions through this CPPA”.
Part of DCC plc, Flogas Enterprise is the division of the Flogas group that works with industrial and commercial customers and renewable production facilities and is a leading electricity supplier in the Irish market bringing CPPA options to customers. This is the latest example of a DCC business leading their customers to net zero with renewable energy.
Britvic Ireland is a leading soft drinks company, and their portfolio includes iconic Irish brands like Ballygowan, MiWadi, Pepsi, Club and TK.
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