UK food waste recycler Warrens Group has been shortlisted for a top award recognising the innovative way it is driving change in the sector.
The County Durham-based anaerobic digestion firm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BioCapital, has been shortlisted for the ‘Net Zero Now’ award in the ‘Decarbonisation Strategy of the Year’ category in the BusinessGreen Leader Awards 2020, for how it has helped customers assess operations and identify efficiency savings.
Kevin Quigley, commercial director at Warrens Group, said: “While our fundamental purpose is to collect food waste and convert it into energy, our passion is to strengthen ties with all organisations and communities in our local area to address the UK Government’s Net Zero target by 2050.
“Our solution is one with longevity and reduces impact in comparison to environmental issues caused by traditional methods of food waste disposal.”
Warrens Group has worked with local authorities, schools, and businesses from a range of sectors to help them with ideas on best practice, to provide practical recommendations for operational improvement and help them achieve efficiencies. Quigley said the team was “absolutely delighted” to be recognised for its role in identifying new ways of working.
“Our objectives have always been to remain industry leaders,” said Quigley,” driving change from traditional fossil fuels to biogas, minimising our carbon footprint through prevention and distribution and catering to the UK Government’s net-zero goals.”
Through acquisition and strategic partnerships over the last 18 months, Warrens Group has designed a robust transportation fleet replacement policy. The firm identified that its fleet would deliver the most impact from using biogas and carried out extensive research into the best available technology, fuel comparisons, vehicle expenditure, and evaluation of vehicle longevity as a result of low-carbon emitting fuels.
“This has provided us with a strong rationale to use biomethane gas in our heavy goods vehicles,” said Quigley.” It has increased vehicle longevity by four years and reduced carbon emissions by 84%, aligning with our wider corporate strategy of sustainability.”
The team has committed to achieving a target of six compressed natural gas vehicle replacements per year for the next six years, enabling to replace all of their diesel vehicles by 2025. Warrens Group has installed a biomethane filling station, capable of fuelling 200 vehicles per day, and it guarantees “no losses” in transmissions of gas from conversion to filling.