Industry leading egg packing to minimise our carbon footprint
Here at the Lakes free Range Egg Company, we are always looking for ways to cut our carbon footprint, minimising our impact on the environment. We do this throughout our production process, from farm to factory.
Our producers use naturally ventilated hen housing – cutting energy consumption by 70%. Back at the egg packing factory we have made pioneering steps to create what is set to be the first carbon neutral egg packing facility in the UK.
Carbon neutral egg packing factory
After years in a smaller egg packing facility, David Brass, our owner and Chief Executive, designed the new, state of the art egg packing factory that is leading edge in technology and minimises our carbon footprint. It is set to become carbon neutral in 2015.
There are no light switches – it’s all automated and technology allows for production growth without increasing energy requirement. Initiatives include utilising car robots to pack eggs and lasering technology to avoid the need for labels.
Harnessing the elements
Making use of the weather we harness recycled rainwater – cutting our water use by 50%. Solar panels in fields provide shelter for our hens and create solar energy to power the factory – along with energy from a ground source heat pump and a 200kw biomass boiler that runs a district heating system for the village.
- Harvested rainwater reduces water consumption by 50%
- New technology will cut label use saving 10 tonnes of paper year.
- Biomass boiler recycles waste pallets and tree thinning’s from ranges
- Factory generates 70% own energy -100% efficient in 2014
- Export renewable energy to national grid/ district heating system
- New equipment means greater output on same energy
- 50% reduction in water useage
- Waste to landfill nil –achieved 2012
- Energy neutral – in 2015 (180KW)
- Reduce net CO2 to nil in 2015 – likely to be first UK egg packer to achieve this.
- Installation of a district heating system, using excess energy to heat homes in our village