UK fruit producer Bardsley England has chosen ENGIE to be its long-term delivery partner for achieving carbon-negative produce.
The partnership will see ENGIE assist Bardsley’s transition to net zero across all its UK fruit-producing operations in support of its move to become a carbon negative business.
Bardsley England packs around 37,000 tonnes of fruit throughout the year while producing up to 23,000 tonnes a year from its 24 sites and 820 hectares of land across the Kent countryside.
The deal will see the two organisations work together on a roadmap of projects to first identify all emissions – direct, indirect and through the supply chain (scopes 1, 2 and 3) associated with cultivation, harvest, land management, storage, packaging, processing, transportation and waste disposal. ENGIE will review business operations, and provide a roadmap for becoming not just a net-zero company, but by minimising emissions and maximising sequestration, a negative carbon supplier of high-quality produce.
Ben Bardsley of Bardsley England said: “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.”