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Bewley’s chooses Energia for renewable power

January 20

Bewley’s, the market leading importer, roaster and supplier of fresh ground coffees in , has converted its entire electricity requirement to renewable power by awarding an initial one year €250,000 contract to independent electricity firm Energia.

The move forms part of Bewley’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability where the company has become ’s first fully certified carbon neutral coffee company . 

Bewley’s annual electricity requirement is for 1.44 GWh (gigawatt hours) of power, the equivalent of supplying over 300 homes and the entirety of which is now being supplied from renewable resources.

Commenting on the deal, Jim Corbett of Bewley’s said:  “As part of our long standing sustainability initiatives we have been working hard to actively reduce our carbon footprint.  This has included both the reduction of our direct carbon emissions as well as our achievement of “Carbon Neutral” status, which is independently certified by the CarbonNeutral Company.

“In addition to direct carbon reductions and our move to renewable energy sources,  we are also supporting high quality carbon offset projects to bring our emissions to net zero.   Our deal with Energia forms an important part of our overall commitment which will see 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere each year through the actions we have taken.”

Bewley’s Carbon Neutral status applies to the company’s coffee roasting,  tea blending,  foodservice and retail operations as well as the  Grafton Street Café.

Gary Ryan of Energia comments: “This contract with Bewley’s clearly shows the benefits that we can provide to Irish businesses with competitively priced energy packages and power from renewable resources, all of which significantly benefits the environment.

“Bewley’s has a long standing tradition of sustainable practices and we are very pleased to assist them in the decisive measures that they have taken.   Their initiatives to conserve energy and their switch to renewable power resources are exemplary demonstrations of the strides that need to be taken by industry to achieve environmental sustainability and to forestall climate change.”

Bewley’s CarbonNeutral programme was developed in consultation with The CarbonNeutral Company (TCNC), the world leading business in climate consulting and carbon offsetting.  TCNC’s independent science advisors, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM), measured Bewley’s carbon footprint and have helped to develop carbon measurement systems across the organisation.

To reduce Bewley’s carbon footprint to net zero, TCNC has provided high quality carbon offsets to Bewley’s – all of which meet international standards, and meet the TCNC’s Protocol requirement for guarantees and verification.   Bewley’s has chosen to support clean hydroelectric electricity generation in South America , among other projects.

Bewley’s is already the first and only coffee roaster in to attain the ISO 14001 environmental management standard - independently certified by the NSAI.   The company was also the first to import fairtrade-certified coffees into twelve years ago and is the largest supplier of fairtrade coffees to the Irish market. 

Energia’s wind farm offtake contracts and wind asset development pipeline on the Island of Ireland comprises over 550MW of electricity, making a major contribution to ’s sustainable energy agenda.   The company also supplies a major portion of all gas consumed in by large industrial and commercial customers. 

Energia is a low carbon intensity energy supplier.   The company’s renewable portfolio currently eliminates over 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum from the Irish atmosphere, making a significant contribution to carbon reduction by its customers.  These figures will increase significantly in the years ahead as further green projects come on stream.

Part of Viridian Group, Energia supplies 25% of the business electricity market on an all-island basis with over 40,000 customers.   The company is a leading all-island player in the provision of renewable power.  Energia also supplies conventionally generated electricity from two major gas fired generating stations inDublin.

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