Frozen food distributor Central Foods has switched to using renewable energy as part of its commitment to sustainability. The company, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton and operates nationally, has made the move to use 100% green energy from Scottish Power.
The energy used by Central Foods will be from renewable sources in the UK that do not harm the environment and is backed by green energy certificates known as Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGOs). As well as powering the office and the company’s development kitchen, the green energy will also power two onsite cold stores.
MD of Central Foods Gordon Lauder said: “Sustainable choices are at the heart of our business, and this move to choosing renewable energy will help us towards becoming a net zero company.
The renewable electricity is verified by independent auditors and sustainability experts. It is fully compliant with the World Resources Institute (WRI) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, which is the global standard framework for measuring and managing greenhouse gas emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.
“We will be able to claim zero emissions under the GHG Protocol, using the market-based method for our Scope 2 purchased electricity. We are also future-proofing the business as renewable energy becomes more widespread and as the country moves towards net zero.”
Renewable energy occurs naturally and repeatedly in the environment, such as from waves, wind, sun and geothermal heat from the ground. It will not run out and helps to reduce a company’s, and the nation’s, carbon footprint.
Central Foods is one of the UK’s leading frozen food distributors. The company was founded more than 25 years ago and is a catering partner across the whole food service sector, supplying to hotels, restaurants, bars, universities, schools, pubs, care homes, garden centres, leisure outlets and more. It currently sells to over 180 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers.