ENGIE has been appointed by UK fruit producer, Bardsley England, 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 and support 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 per annum from its 24 sites and 820 hectares of land across the Kent countryside.
Both organisations will work closely together on a roadmap of projects to first identify all emissions – direct, indirect and through the supply chain (Scopes 1, 2 & 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.
Commenting on the new partnership deal, 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, and we are both proud and excited to be playing a key role in it. We are looking forward to supporting Bardsley England in their journey ahead.”