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Beanz meanz cutz to carbon at Heinz

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Source: Carbon Trust

Energy use and carbon emissions have been slashed by Heinz at factories producing Heinz Beanz, Soups, Pasta as well as many other varieties, Heinz and the Carbon Trust have announced.

Carbon dioxide emissions at Heinz’s factories in Kendal, Cumbria and Kitt Green, near Wigan, have been cut by over 17,000 tonnes over the last four years.

That is the equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from heating more than seven hundred million microwave meals, or from taking around 6,000 cars off the road for a year.

The carbon savings were achieved by conducting a detailed study of Heinz’s production lines to understand how energy was being used.

Heinz’s energy managers working with Carbon Trust experts found that a great deal of energy was needed to heat cold water to rehydrate the dried beans. Energy is also needed to create the steam that cooks the beans in their cans.

Capturing and recycling the waste heat from these processes means that less energy is now needed to heat the water, which in turn has led to a drop in carbon emissions.

Lower carbon emissions also means lower energy bills and Heinz has saved over 13% of its annual energy costs in its Kitt Green food-processing complex alone, over the last two years.

“There are huge opportunities to save energy and cut carbon emissions by changing the way we manufacture everyday products”, said Hugh Jones, Director, Solutions, the Carbon Trust.

“Re-engineering production lines to be less energy hungry is one of our most important industrial challenges. It’s great to see leading names like Heinz also taking a lead in creating a lower carbon world.”

Other initiatives that have helped Heinz to cut energy use and carbon emissions at its factories include improving the efficiency of its boilers and making design changes to production line machines.

Heinz is also exploring opportunities to produce power from waste and use more renewable energy in a bid to cut the Company’s global carbon emissions by 20% on 2005 levels by 2015.

“The Carbon Trust has helped us take a more strategic approach to carbon reduction. As well as seeing some impressive results in the UK, we are successfully applying what we’ve learned across our global operations,” said Dave Woodward, President of Heinz UK and Ireland.

Key facts:

  • Heinz’s Kitt Green factory employs 1,400 staff and produces more than one billions cans of food per year and around six million cans per day. This is 12% of the company’s global output.
  • Kitt Green produces 200,000 tonnes of Heinz Beanz each year, over 440 million cans.
  • The Carbon Trust and Heinz have worked together since 2001, the year the Carbon Trust was established.
  • The Carbon Trust has worked with thousands of businesses including 75% of the FTSE 100 and has saved the UK more than £2.5billion on its energy bills since 2001.

About Heinz

Nowhere in the world is the Heinz brand as strong as it is in the UK and Ireland.  Consumer surveys repeatedly demonstrate that Heinz is one of the most loved and trusted brands on the supermarket shelves.

Heinz UK and Ireland's main food manufacturing facility is based in Kitt Green, near Wigan in the North West of England and turns out more than 1 billion cans every year. It is Europe's largest food factory.

From sustainable agriculture and energy-efficient manufacturing processes to eco-friendly packaging initiatives, Heinz is proving that good business is compatible with environmental stewardship.

In factory after factory, a transformation is underway to improve sustainability measures. Our primary focus is to achieve an overall 20% reduction in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions compared to a baseline year of 2005 by 2015. Through the implementation of various initiatives our greenhouse gas emissions have already decreased by approximately 13.4%.

About the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

We help to cut carbon emissions now by

  • Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
  • Setting standards for carbon reduction

We reduce potential future carbon emissions by

  • Opening markets for low carbon technologies
  • Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
  • Investing in early stage low carbon companies

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