Milton Keynes is our first carbon neutral site!

Congratulations to our team at Cranswick Convenience Foods, Milton Keynes, who have been awarded Carbon Neutral certification PAS 2060.

This is a great achievement for the site and a key milestone for the group’s journey to become Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Reducing carbon

From a baseline year of 2017, carbon emissions have been reduced by 50% to 5,610 tons of carbon in 2020. This has been achieved by:

  • Investing in more efficient equipment and machinery
  • Generating the site’s own electricity and most of its heat and steam through a combined heat and power (CHP) unit
  • Switching to entirely 100% renewable electricity - all the electricity used by the site is zero emissions.

Realising carbon neutrality

The site is working hard to find ways to eliminate the emissions that can’t yet be removed. Until then, the remaining carbon impact is being offset through our investment in high impact carbon reduction and removal projects. These have been verified and validated by certification bodies Gold Standard and Verraand align with the team’s social and environmental targets around food security and climate action with each project working to achieve a specific Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

The three selected projects are:

  • Doddington North Moor restoration in Northumberland (coupled with geothermal energy investment in Indonesia)
  • Portel-Para Amazon rainforest protection and indigenous community investment
  • Cookstoves in Ghana for improved food security of the local people and reduced deforestation

All of this means the site has now been certified as Carbon Neutral by the PAS 2060 standard.

What’s next at Cranswick Convenience Foods Milton Keynes?

The future includes a comprehensive plan, which forms a key part of the PAS 2060 accreditation, to continue to reduce emissions. Key initiatives within this plan are:

  • Further roll out of CO2 refrigeration plants
  • Heat Recovery projects and installation of a second CHP plant
  • Further operational efficiency and a 75% reduction in food waste
  • From January the site will launch their upstream supply chain project to tackle Scope 3 emissions, which form a large part of the group’s overall Net Zero journey.

This is our first critical key milestone in our Net Zero journey and our ambition doesn’t stop here.