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Dalkia's pellet power 'gets royal fanfare'

08 August 2011

Dairy Crest is leading the march on sustainability in the production of dairy products thanks to Dalkia’s biomass energy technology. Prince Charles recently visited Dairy Crest’s creamery in Davidstow, Cornwall to officially open the site’s new energy centre.

Dairy Crest is leading the march on sustainability in the production of dairy products thanks to Dalkia’s biomass energy technology. Prince Charles recently visited Dairy Crest’s creamery in Davidstow, Cornwall to officially open the site’s new energy centre.

Prince Charles has officially opened Dairy Crest’s biomass energy centre, in a visit that marks another step on the road to a sustainable dairy sector. Designed, built, operated and maintained by Dalkia the plant ensures utility supplies continue to meet the needs of the site on a day to day basis, whilst working towards Dairy Crest’s commitment to reduce its emissions by 28% by 2020, as per the Carbon Trust’s long term proposal.

Powered using only processed wood pellets from Dalkia’s own processing facilities, the biomass energy centre will help Dairy Crest to generate its own clean energy, whilst reducing 60% of the site’s overall carbon emissions. It is one of the largest wood pellet burning installations in the industry sector, utilising sustainably sourced pellets made from used or life-expired wood, thus diverting it from landfill.

Commenting on the Prince’s visit, Mark Allen, Chief Executive of Dairy Crest and Chairman of the Prince's Rural Action Programme thanked the Prince for finding time in his busy schedule to visit Davidstow. He said:

“Davidstow is a special location for Dairy Crest - it exemplifies everything we are trying to do with our business. Our farmers supply us with high quality milk, from which we make great cheese that is loved by consumers. We are proud of the virtuous circle we have created - high quality products being sold at fair prices allowing ongoing investment in the whole supply chain.

“The dairy sector has plenty of challenges and it is important that we keep moving forward to ensure we have a sustainable supply of British milk in the future. As a business Dairy Crest is determined to be in the vanguard of good environmental practice.”


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