Our focus on manufacturing and natural capital in the supply chain

We continue introducing innovative initiatives to make our operations more environmentally friendly.

Energy-reduction projects have been implemented in the retail and wholesale businesses. LED warehouse lighting is a key investment for the group, along with a similar replacement programme of store lighting. We provide a fully funded solution for retailers looking to reduce their carbon footprint and electricity bill.

The scheme aims to replace inefficient lighting systems with LED systems. The up-front capital is funded by the electricity provider and savings in electricity costs are shared between the parties. The funds paid out in 2017/2018 were used to fund new projects, of which 30% related to new schemes in Value Centre premises and the national distribution centre as well as planned refurbishment work in retailer premises.

Typical savings are approximately 20% on the total bill. In addition to this, there are reductions in yearly maintenance costs.

In terms of electricity usage, BWG is working on a tender for combined electricity volumes under an affinity deal to its retail customers. Participation in the scheme will deliver average savings of about 5% per annum on total electricity charges.

Emissions are not measured, but all vehicles are Euro 6 rated, which means they all contain BlueTEC ECO technology, which delivers superior fuel efficiency.

Recycling of dry mixed recyclables and food waste, food composting and cardboard and plastic bailing takes place at all BWG Group sites. All cardboard and plastic waste generated by the national distribution centre is bailed for recycling.

Further initiatives to support sustainability and cost savings include:

  • A pilot of ‘compressed natural gas’ fuel for the transport fleet
  • A move to compostable cups across the BWG Foods coffee programme
  • Active membership of Repak, the umbrella organisation for recycling and waste management. Repak is a not-for-profit company set up by Irish business and owned by its members. Repak charges fees to its members in accordance with the amount and type of packaging they place on the Irish market. These fees are used to subsidise the collection and recovery of waste packaging through registered recovery operators across Ireland so that the individual member companies are exempt from this requirement.