Human activity has created a global crisis over the past 120 years and greenhouse gas levels are at an all-time high. The effects of climate change are not only being seen in rising average temperatures but in extreme weather events, declining wildlife and rising sea levels.
Making our Future Sustainable is central to our operations at Granville Ecopark and we are passionate about doing our part here in Northern Ireland to combat this global crisis.
At Granville, we see food waste as a resource. Not only does diverting food waste from landfill to Anaerobic Digestion (AD) prevent the release of potent methane into the atmosphere, we ulitise it to create valuable renewable products: Renewable Electricity, Organic Fertiliser and Sustainable Vehicle Fuel.
The shift towards renewable energy generation and away from fossil fuel in Northern Ireland is continuing to grow. In the 12 months to September 2019, renewable energy accounted for 44.9% of demand – we are proud to be part of this growing figure.
The design of our site means we power the vast majority of our plant with the renewable energy we generate. In the areas not powered this way, we have untaken steps to reduce fossil fuel use. Our improvements project last year means waste heat created on our site is now being used to heat the water we need elsewhere.
As well as creating renewable energy with our Biogas we also use it to create Biomethane, a sustainable fuel which produces 60-80% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional petrol/diesel. Not only do we transport this for use offsite, we use it power 3 of our company maintenance vans.
Between electric, hybrid and CNG, 30% of our employees have use of a renewable energy vehicle. We have 5 e-car charging points on site, powered via our own renewable electricity, plus a Biomethane/CNG fuelling point for company use.
“At Granville Ecopark the future is at the core of what we do and why we do it.”