Care for the Environment
Find out more about our commitment and concern for the environment. Our operations are certified to ISO14001 but this is just our base level and we have many more aspects to environmental sustainability that make interesting reading.
Making Hay While the Sun Shines
Over the last few years, the feed in tariff associated with solar photovoltaic (PV) generation has dropped considerably. However, over the same period the ‘hardware’ and install costs have decreased dramatically too. This has led to the initial expenditure for a solar PV project reducing substantially and has meant the payback is still relatively appealing. With this in mind, earlier this year, quotes were sought for a solar PV install on the roof of the office block in Bridlington.
The installation was commissioned on Friday 14th March 2014. The installation has a net declared capacity of 27 KW (this is the size of the inverter) but allegedly we have already seen an output of 30.2KW very briefly on a sunny day. In fact, we were blessed with a beautiful weekend after commissioning and managed to generate over 250 KW in the first couple of days! As of April 2014 we have generated over 3 MWh of electricity. This has avoided in excess of 4.7 TCO2 emissions from traditional coal fired electricity generation. The monitoring system we have installed will hopefully relay information to the television screen in the Bridlington reception to show visitors ‘in real time’ how much electricity we are generating which can also be viewed here: Solar PV Energy Performance.
The payback on this project was anticipated to be 4 years. We suspect that we will exceed this target if the system carries on performing so well. The panels have a 20 year lifespan so the project will provide a very small percentage of our daily site electricity requirement until 2034. The office roof is immediately visible as you drive onto site and Solar PV displays our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint while tangibly demonstrating our green values to visitors and customers as they enter the grounds. Click here to read more about this installation.
Global warming is an inescapable feature of our future. Sometimes it might seem impossible to reduce our carbon emissions to the levels suggested by climate experts. However, if businesses consider their own sectors in isolation as we have for the malt supply chain there are some attractive possibilities whereby working with the supply chain we can act together to reduce carbon footprint. Muntons has made a significant pledge to produce 100% low carbon malt. For more information, please contact Melissa Abbott
Muntons is a business committed to influencing its supply chain to save carbon and reduce cost. In this way we make a much more significant difference than acting alone. This approach reduces cost in the supply chain and reduces our combined environmental impact considerably. For more information, please contact Melissa Abbott
Low Carbon Statement
This statement describes Muntons commitment to sourcing barley with a low carbon footprint and how that can be achieved without increasing on farm input costs. For more information, please contact Melissa Abbott
Click here to access Muntons Farming Carbon Footprint Calculator
This calculator has been designed with the help of the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and Stockholm Environment Institute and is based on the ECOINVENT database. From that work Muntons have simplified the very detailed analysis of farming activities into 9 key questions. By entering your own data you can see the impact of key activities and outputs such as yield, reducing nitrogen fertiliser application, substitution with food safe compost and the very significant impact of sourcing your inorganic fertiliser from a carbon efficient manufacturer. Muntons have also been part of a consortium to establish a new carbon calculator through the Home Grown Cereals Authority. On the introduction page of the spreadsheet you will find a link to take you to that calculator. Please click here to view the HGCA calculator. If you have further questions on how to calculate the carbon intensity of farming please contact Dr. Nigel Davies.