Branston has been presented with the Waitrose Way Award in the Treading Lightly Carbon Own Label category.
The award recognises Branston’s continual investment in holistic approaches to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, something the company takes very seriously, investing in a comprehensive environmental system across all sites.
From small-scale waste reduction programmes for staff, to larger initiatives including utilising waste on site, constant efforts are made to reduce their carbon footprint. The Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Photovoltaic (PV) solar technologies on site are enabling Branston to generate around 25% of their group’s electricity, helping to grow the business while reducing its carbon intensity.
The Lincoln site is the initial focus for any new environmental projects, with successful initiatives rolled out to Branston’s other sites in Scotland and the South West wherever they are appropriate for their needs. In the last 12 months, Branston generated 41% of the Lincoln factory’s electricity through AD and 19% of Lincoln cold stores’ electricity through solar PV.
In April of this year, Branston was awarded the Carbon Trust Waste Standard by the Carbon Trust, making it the first company in the arable food and farming sector to have achieved the standard in all three areas: carbon, water and waste.
Vidyanath Gururajan, Innovations Director, is responsible for building sustainability into all Branston’s developments. He commented:
“We are delighted to have won this Waitrose Way award, which encourages us to keep up our hard work and aim for continuous improvement to our sustainable practice. This recognition provides us with the confidence to maintain our efforts and make further investment in our processes.”
Picture shows Vidyanath with James Truscott, Sales & Marketing Director at the event.