Left to right: Cathy Maguire, HSEQ Manager at AG, Keith Scott, CFO at AG, and Ann Lowry, Customer Relationship Manager at Electric Ireland.
Northern Ireland based paving and building products firm, AG, has switched to 100% renewable energy, with the help of Electric Ireland.
Headquartered in Fivemiletown, AG (formerly Acheson & Glover), was established more than 60 years ago and has manufacturing sites and specification centers across Ireland and the UK.
AG made the switch to 100% renewable energy at the beginning of August. However, its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint didn’t start then. In 2019, as a part of its overall environmental strategy and commitment to responsible and sustainable operating practice, AG made a £2m investment in a Wash Plant at its Fivemiletown site which led to carbon savings of approximately 50% in its first year.
Stephen Acheson, CEO at AG, is proud to announce AG’s latest commitment to renewable energy and says the firm will continue to reduce its carbon footprint where possible.
“We are very excited to announce our switch to 100% renewable energy as we attempt to reduce our Co2 emissions and wastage across all of our sites.”
“Working closely with our Net Zero Carbon team, that’s solely dedicated to making the business more sustainable and more energy efficient, we have outlined core plans to reduce direct and indirect waste like we have done at the Fivemiletown site, as its currently operating at zero wastage.”
“This new commitment to renewable energy is intrinsic to the balance between the social, economic, and environmental aspects of our business and as further evidence of this we are working in partnership with Queens University Belfast to develop a carbon calculator to measure Co2 in our products. Our switch to 100% renewable energy will enable us to reduce our Co2 levels by 1,500 tonnes per year, based on last year’s consumption, so this is a significant initiative for us as part of our environmental strategy.”
By partnering with Electric Ireland, and working with its employees, local community, customers, contractors, suppliers, and clients, AG has had a positive impact on the environment which in turn led them to be awarded a silver membership status within The Green Organisation, one of the country’s leading environment groups.
Commenting on the contract, Dermot McArdle, Head of Business Markets for Electric Ireland, said: “We are committed to partnering and assisting businesses like AG in their efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through significant changes to 100% green electricity. As Ireland’s leading electricity, gas and energy supplier, Electric Ireland has proven experience in helping businesses make the switch. We are looking forward to working closely with AG, providing them with 100% renewable energy”
For more information on how Electric Ireland can help your business with its renewable energy efforts, visit electricireland.com/business
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