Instagram feed

+ 01145928421 SUPPORT@ELATED-THEMES.COM

Our Environment

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT & ENERGY

The Group operates a corporate responsibility and sustainability policy which is designed to meet the demands of its stakeholders in as economically, environmentally and socially responsible way as possible in line with the key values of our organisation.

Our operations teams in each of the Group’s manufacturing facilities continue to actively work on reducing our impact on the environment. Their focus is on a reduction in the consumption of energy, water and other raw materials as well as waste going to landfill and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We also actively continue to review mechanisms whereby we can increase transportation efficiency.

FY2018 was a year of consolidation, following the structural change to the manufacturing footprint made in FY2017. Increased volumes at both the Wellpark and Clonmel facilities resulted in an overall increase in the use of gas, electricity and water although energy efficiencies were closely monitored throughout. The electricity used in FY2018 for Clonmel was from 100% renewable energy.

Compared with FY2017, electricity used per hectolitre of product produced in our manufacturing sites reduced by 13%. This was due to an improvement in line efficiencies, higher line utilisation and more efficient operation of assets, like our refrigeration and lighting systems. In support of the increased activity in both sites, we commenced a lean manufacturing programme in Clonmel and introduced a number of continuous improvement projects at Wellpark. These are focussed on sustainable performance improvement.

Overall gas (heat) efficiency reduced by 6% in the same period, which can be attributed to the larger proportion of beer being brewed compared to other liquid types, as brewing is a more energy intensive process.

In FY2019, we are undertaking a number of new projects to improve our heat usage.  These include a waste to value project, which will generate biogas, an upgrade to the canning pasteurisation temperature control and modifications to the internal steam network.

Our manufacturing site at Clonmel continues to be accredited with the Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001 and is accredited to the Irish Energy Management Standard IS EN 16001:2009. It works closely with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).  Our Clonmel site was reaccredited to the ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Standard. Our environmental management systems at Wellpark are aligned with Clonmel. In the UK, we continue to avail of the Government’s small emitters opt out scheme.

In the US, our Middlebury cidery was built with energy efficiency in mind, and we work closely with groups such as Efficiency Vermont to reduce our environmental footprint and improve production efficiencies.  In 2017, we replaced all the lights in our offsite 130,000 square foot warehouse with automatic LED lights.  We source 15% of our energy from local solar power and send all of our fermentation solids to a local dairy owned methane digester, affectionately known as “cow power”.

 

 

CARBON CONSUMPTION

The Group continuously monitors the impact of its operations on the climate and we look to reduce our GHG emissions. We assess and manage climate change related risks and opportunities, including the impact on the availability and security of our sources of raw materials, such as aquifers, orchards and maltings.

The Group has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Supply Chain Programme for a number of years, and CO2 emissions for the Group are evaluated annually. The Group has historically scored highly in the CDP Ireland Report, showing disclosure scores which are amongst the best in its sector. Compared to FY2017, Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions fell by 23% in FY2018 and are broken down across our sites as follows:

Clonmel: 10,248 tonnes
Wellpark: 16,877 tonnes
Vermont: 2,854 tonnes
Others: 1,633 tonnes

We have systems in place across all our manufacturing sites working towards maximising the recycling of waste we produce and hence minimise what we send to landfill.

In FY2018, both Clonmel and Wellpark sent zero process waste to landfill, which means this was the first year we have achieved this in the UK and Ireland. We also introduced composting of brewing materials which were previously being handled as waste. In FY2019, we will improve the handling of our aluminium waste from our Wellpark canning facility to reduce associated vehicle traffic by 75%.

In FY2019, we are making a multi-million pound investment in Wellpark to reduce the loading of wastewater from the site by 80%. This will improve the quality of the wastewater we discharge to the municipal treatment plant and have associated environmental benefits. As a result of the technology employed, we will also generate a biogas which will be used to support the heated processes in the brewery, reducing the consumption of national grid supplied gas.

At all the Group’s manufacturing sites, water preservation and management is an important business consideration and we continue to monitor the usage of water per hectolitre of finished product from each manufacturing facility and across our supply chain.

In FY2018, our total water usage for the Group reduced as consolidation took effect. Overall, this is equivalent to 3 hectolitres of water used per hectolitre (hl/hl) of product produced, which is significantly better than the recognised industry benchmark of 4 hl/hl.

Our aquifer protection programme in Clonmel has resulted in us retaining our successful accreditation to the Irish IS 432:2005 standard.

Our procurement and technical services teams actively review and assess our suppliers’ track record in environmental management, health and safety, sustainability and corporate social responsibility through our tendering processes and ongoing supplier reviews. This ensures that corporate social responsibility is part of sourcing decisions and sourcing strategies for new suppliers. This also allows us to develop a consistent approach to relationship management and supplier segmentation on supplier diversity, with an open dialogue encouraging best practice sharing and innovation that can be applied more widely.

We do not condone and will not knowingly participate in any form of human exploitation, including slavery and people trafficking. We refuse to work with any suppliers or service providers who knowingly participate in such practices or who cannot demonstrate to us sufficient controls to ensure that such practices are not taking place in their supply chains. Our approach is reflected in our Sustainable and Ethical Procurement Policy, which we circulate to suppliers. We also carry out diligence audits and checks on our suppliers to ensure that they have in place and adhere to appropriate ethical policies.

We work with our growers to ensure that appropriate methods are used to harvest apples. Annualised desktop audits of our contracted growers are carried out to ensure standards are being applied.

We seek to support suppliers of our key raw materials such as barley and wheat through entering into long-term supply arrangements with them. We take account of broader outputs such as the impact on sustainability, profit, cash flow, reputation, environmental and social impacts in order to create shared value across the supply chain.

We also leverage the expertise and capabilities of our suppliers to ensure C&C optimises the materials we use and reduces our impact on the environment.

GREEN PRODUCTION

In Ireland and the UK, through our commitment to rural development, we support orchard growers who manage over 1,500 hectares of orchards for apples used directly in the production of our cider.

During the year, we processed 77,350 tonnes of apples and 2,300 tonnes of pears in our milling operations across the Group.

We encourage sustainable agricultural practices and the preservation of biodiversity. In the UK, we are actively involved in the NACM, which takes the lead in adopting and working to sustainable principles both in the physical and social environment and carries out annual climate change assessments. The NACM is the first drinks trade body to work with Business in the Community (BITC) to address sustainability, and we have worked with the pomology and technical experts in the NACM to develop our sustainability agenda.

At our cider mill in Vermont we take part in “cow power” which means that we pay a premium on the electricity used and this premium is used to help dairy farmers install methane digesters turning manure into power. We also use a “solar orchard” which is a 26 array solar project providing sustainable electricity and diversification for local farmers. Both of these projects are good examples of how we are working in an innovative manner to safeguard energy supply.