Kent-based fruit grower Bardsley England has announced plans to make the business carbon negative in the long term. The company has teamed up with energy services provider ENGIE to identify emissions associated with the 37,000 tonnes of fruit packed each year, including 23,000 tonnes produced from its own orchards, and aid a transition to more sustainable production methods.
The partnership will see the two organisations collaborate on a host of projects to identify all emissions (direct, energy-related, and supply chain) that are associated with its cultivation, harvest, land management, storage, packaging, processing, transportation and waste disposal activities.
Ben Bardsley told Business Green, “Our ultimate objective is to reach a point where our produce is not just carbon-zero, but carbon-negative. This is a long-term strategy that requires meticulous attention to detail at every level and we are confident that ENGIE is the right partner for this mission.”
Matt Dracup, energy services director at ENGIE UK, added, “This is an ambitious programme, particularly in addressing the full ‘cradle to gate’ emissions, and we are both proud and excited to be playing a key role in it. We are looking forward to supporting Bardsley England in their journey ahead.”
Earlier this year the company announced an intention to automate and digitise its production, recruiting Antony Yousefian from sensor and data provider 30MHz to oversee the project.
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