Pickstock Telford pushing for carbon neutral status by 2025
OSI, a global food company, is committing to be carbon neutral by 2025 at its beef processing joint venture at Pickstock Telford and its manufacturing site in Scunthorpe.
The Pickstock Telford plant supplies assured British beef products from its abattoir, butchery and foodservice facility. Millions of beef burgers are produced for a global foodservice brand each day at the Scunthorpe unit.
The company says its aim is not only to reach carbon neutral operations in the UK but also to encourage OSI’s suppliers across the UK and Ireland to join them on the path to sustainability, making carbon emission reductions across their entire value chain.
Sustainability-led procurement of products and services have already led to sizeable reductions in emissions. Switching to renewable energy has reduced OSI’s carbon emissions by 4,000t/CO2eq (metric tonne/carbon dioxide equivalent) across the two UK sites. While smarter procurement of liquid nitrogen led to a 93% reduction in previous emissions from the product, between 2018 and 2019.
“What we want to do now is to make even greater reductions, reducing our impact further. This will make our company and wider supply chain more resilient.”
The aim is that by 2025 the new installations and techniques will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero, so that the company’s processes at the two sites have a limited impact on the environment. Other reduction measures include addressing emissions in company facilities and vehicles, as well as that created by employees, business travel, energy usage, waste, purchased goods and services.
Operations director and EU head of sustainability for OSI, Claire Donoghue, said: “The most important thing is that we are reducing our environmental impact through both of our sites. We have already made really good inroads into reducing our carbon footprint.
“What we want to do now is to make even greater reductions, reducing our impact further. This will make our company and wider supply chain more resilient.
“The priority when becoming carbon neutral is to do an assessment of your entire operation and understand where your carbon emissions are at the moment, identifying the highest emitters, and then make tangible and real efforts to reduce those emissions.”