Scotland’s government is keen to encourage investment in decentralised energy generation and ministers in Westminster are about to declare their ambitions for a “Clean Growth Strategy”. So, how should policy change to support British industry, particularly smaller businesses, with the transition to low-carbon manufacturing? In the food and drink sector (and elsewhere), industrial investment […]
The bio-energy sector has a key role to play in the further decarbonisation of Britain’s food and beverage sector. With the appointment of Claire Perry as Minister of State for Climate Change, can we expect greater support from a previously rather non-committal government for the use of on-site bio-energy plants to improve resource use and […]
This year Clearfleau is building on-site bio-energy plants for dairy, food and distillery businesses and will be doing more of these in 2018, with many new plants being built in Scotland. Our track record already shows we can offer food and beverage companies the return on investment above 20% they expect, while ensuring their plants […]
Prior to the June General Election, there is some concern about the next Government’s commitment to the sustainable manufacturing agenda in a post-Brexit Britain. This is despite increasing interest among leading food companies in building a more circular economy, supported by regulators and other stakeholders. While highlighting the potential for on-site energy and sustainable manufacturing […]
Should we be optimistic about the future potential for the bio-economy, despite the election of a US President with no interest in combating climate change or investing in clean technologies? Support for investing in low carbon technologies appears to be growing among global industry leaders but it would be more encouraging if renewables and the […]
Why invest in The Circular Economy? Alongside the challenge of boosting its competitiveness in the run up to Brexit, the British food and drink industry is faced by increasing energy and raw material costs. However, it seems that the political values behind the termination of our EU membership encompass a reluctance to embrace climate change […]
Is increasing interest in the development of a more circular economy also compatible with Brexit? The food and drink sector is a key part of Britain’s economy and a major employer as well as a significant energy and natural resource user. Our manufacturers will develop new markets while maintaining their EU sales, but they also need […]
I am finding that more companies in the Dairy processing sector (and other food and beverage manufacturers) are realising that their production residues are a source of renewable energy rather than just an escalating cost. The public also seem to love the idea, following the number of positive comments we’ve received after the press announcement on […]
Despite continued uncertainty about the future of support mechanisms for on-site renewables, from a Government that does not understand the opportunity for smaller scale decentralised energy generation, I am looking forward to a positive year for Clearfleau in 2016. The launch of our new website will help raise our profile, and show the benefits of […]
With annual energy savings of around £100,000 from converting daily 200,000 litres of liquid residues into renewable energy, Nestlé leads the way in sustainable manufacturing. I believe that the UK food and beverage industry can learn a lot from Nestlé. Why? Because Nestlé ’s sustainable approach to handling residues is reducing costs by converting them […]
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