Agri-food firms share sustainability bright idea
Irish Examiner – Agribusiness | 02.04.2018
Three Irish agri-food companies have partnered with LED lighting specialist eLight to collectively reduce their emissions by over 50 tonnes of carbon each year.
Cookstown Dairy Services, McCormack’s Farms and Dundalk Bay Seafoods have all installed eLight’s energy efficient lighting. The installations were carried out at no upfront cost to the businesses. The capital is paid from the energy savings over the next three years.
Cathal Lynch, of Dundalk Seafoods, said: “We’ll reduce our energy costs by 63% from here out. That saving means more money for investment, · more money for employment and a better chance to grow our business, while also doing something smart for the environment.”
Elight has completed over, 500 lighting upgrade projects to date, installing over 250,000 led lighting products, saving 150gw in energy for clients. Energy savings from eLight projects equated to almost 20% of the yearly target Irish Energy Suppliers have under the Government’s Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS).
Eddie McCormack, of McCormack’s Farms, said: “We have been a family business for over 50 years. Sustainability of our business is is more important than ever, with our customers wanting to know about the carbon footprint of our product.
“This new lighting will reduce our carbon footprint by over 25 tonnes every year. Every potential new customer we meet, we will highlight what we do to reduce our environmental impact. To be able to do this, while saving money is fantastic.”
Among eLight’s clients are Hibernia REIT plc, Euro Car Parks and Dalata Group.
Ian McKenna, eLight MD, said: “People don’t always see lighting as a cost on farms and in agribusinesses, but it can be significant.
“We’re working with more food producers to deliver cost savings and environmental benefits.
If a business wants to change how they see lighting, then we want to work with them.”