Ireland’s iconic water brand Ballygowan to purchase renewable electricity from the Sonnagh Old Wind Farm in Moneylea, Galway to power production in Newcastle, Limerick.
Britvic Ireland, which produces Ballygowan, and Flogas Enterprise have announced a new Customer Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) to the value of €2.5m, that will ensure that Ballygowanis produced using 100% renewable electricity harnessed from wind energy.
Britvic is the first soft drinks brand in Ireland to sign a CPPA. It will allow the company to purchase renewable electricity from the Sonnagh Old Wind Farm in Moneylea Co. Galway, producing enough electricity on an annual basis to power their production facility in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, and 75% of the company’s total electricity requirements.
“This is a significant investment in our long-term strategy to ensure 100% sustainability across Britvic Ireland’s business operations”
Newcastle West is the home of Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water and has the highest level of renewable energy use by any Britvic factory worldwide.
Focus on sustainability
Britvic Ireland has already achieved a 92% reduction in direct emissions across its sites from 2017 to 2022, and the CPPA is reflective of an ever-increasing focus on sustainability at the company across operations and at executive level.
The soft drinks producer recently appointed Sian Young as Director of Sustainable Business on the Irish Executive Team, and Orlagh Geraghty as Head of Planet, putting sustainability at the heart of the business’ decision-making.
Britvic Ireland’s portfolio includes iconic Irish brands like Ballygowan, MiWadi, Pepsi, Club and TK.
“Ballygowan, Ireland’s iconic water brand, has a long history of harnessing the best of Ireland’s natural resources to deliver sustainable, locally produced, Irish natural mineral water,” Young said.
“This new Corporate Power Purchase Agreement with Flogas Enterprise, valued at €2.5m, will produce renewable electricity for our production facility in Newcastle West and is a significant investment in our long-term strategy to ensure 100% sustainability across Britvic Ireland’s business operations.”
Part of DCC plc, Flogas Enterprise is the division of the Flogas group that works with industrial and commercial customers and renewable production facilities and is the only electricity supplier in the Irish market bringing CPPA options to customers. This is the latest example of a DCC business leading their customers to net zero with renewable energy.
“At Flogas Enterprise, one of our top priorities is to support businesses on their path to sustainability,” said Charlie Bornemann, key account executive at Flogas Enterprise.
“We have a proven track record of delivering great value and high-quality energy solutions which help organisations become more environmentally conscious, and we are very excited to work with Britvic Ireland and support them to cut their energy carbon emissions through this CPPA.”
Main image at top: Charlie Bornemann, Key Account Executive at Flogas Enterprise; Sian Young, Director of Sustainable Business at Britvic Ireland; and Orlagh Geraghty, Head of Planet at Britvic Ireland