Bewley’s Café Greens Grafton Street

January 07

Bewley's Grafton St Café is greening Grafton Street by switching to green energy and gas, and introducing a number of environmental initiatives.

Bewley’s, the market leading importer, roaster and supplier of fresh ground coffees and teas in Ireland, is switching to Ireland’s leading independent energy firm Energia for green electricity and gas in a new deal.

The moves form part of Bewley’s award-winning commitment to environmental sustainability. In December 2008 the company became Ireland’s first fully certified carbon neutral coffee company. 

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.”

“The café’s switch to 100% green power follows the implementation of a comprehensive energy management policy for the building. This plan included the completion of a staff energy awareness programme, and a significant reduction in night-time energy usage; switching off most equipment at night time, and placing essential equipment on timers to reduce usage.”

“The café also implemented a waste management programme with a major focus placed on waste segregation and recycling in all areas.”

Gary Ryan of Energia comments: “We’re delighted that Bewley’s Grafton St. Café is switching to Energia for their green electricity and gas needs. This contract 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 consolidating their sustainability agenda. 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.

The carbon reductions were achieved through a series of efficiency measures introduced in the areas of electricity and natural gas usage, third party deliveries and waste. These included installing smart electricity meters, fitting timers to the heating system, and diverting coffee sacks to composting, rather than landfilling them.

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 Ireland 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 Ireland twelve years ago and is the largest supplier of fairtrade coffees to the Irish market. 

Energia has 250MW of renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, the majority of which is operational with a further 375MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland.

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.

Energia has a 25% market share of the business electricity market on an all–island basis with over 50,000 customers.   The company also supplies 20% of all gas consumed in Ireland by the country’s business gas users.

The company is a leading all-island player in the provision of renewable power.  Energia also supplies conventionally generated electricity from two state of the art gas fired generating stations in Dublin

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