Creed Foodservice has committed to achieve net zero by 2035, following extensive planning and forecasting with specialist corporate climate action organisation, ClimatePartner.
Creed, which supplies over 3,500 customers across the UK, is already implementing schemes to drive down its carbon emissions, the latest of which is the installation of 1,650 solar panels at its Ilkeston depot.
On completion (by the end of May 2022), it is estimated that 30% of the power used at the site will come from sunlight, whilst 181,000 kwhs of renewable energy will be fed back into the grid to provide green energy to other users.
Creed’s sustainability director Phillip Creed commented: “We’ve stuck our neck out with these targets, something the entire team unequivocally agrees is essential if we’re serious about continuing with what we have already started, and to set a clear example for others in the industry.
“With this being our 50th year in business, we’ve seen a multitude of challenges face this sector over the years, but never have we been confronted with one so pressing which requires such rigorous and determined action. Not only will we continue to evolve the way we operate in line with these targets, but we’ll also be working hard with our 380+ suppliers and thousands of customers to achieve this endeavour and support them in their own too.”
In addition to the solar panel installation, Creed continues to invest in technology that contributes to emissions reduction across its sites. This includes LED lighting systems being used across all warehouses, offices and yards, with voltage optimisation installed where it makes operational sense; a commitment to using suppliers of renewable energy where energy isn’t coming from solar panels installed on site; electric charging points at all sites for electric vehicles, and use of Euro 6 lorries, which feature the highest standard and cleanest engines on the market today.
The business also continues to tackle its waste management – maintaining a landfill-free status across all sites, with waste being collected and used for energy, or recycled. Creed also works with Olleco to provide food and oil waste collection services to its customers, and it continues to partner with Too Good to Go to sell short-dated stock, alongside providing ongoing donations to local charity partners.
Published Date: February 10, 2022