Sustainable Beef Processing

Developing the most sustainable beef processing facility in the world.

The redevelopment of ABP UK’s site in Ellesmere is a showcase for the latest in technological innovation in the food manufacturing sector, creating what we believe is the most sustainable carbon neutral (PAS 2060 buildings scope) beef processing facility in the world.

Ellesmere – Building Sustainability From The Ground Up

Across ABP, we are always on the lookout for ways to use our resources more efficiently. Our plant at Ellesmere offered us a unique opportunity.

Right from the original planning process, sustainability was at the heart of this re-development. Our plans included recycling materials from the original building and sourcing Green Grade ‘A’ rated materials for the new buildings. We also installed an innovative combined heat & power (CHP) engine fuelled by animal fats recovered on site – together with bio-fuels derived from used cooking oil through Olleco, our resource recovery division.

We included rainwater harvesting and a water treatment plant that takes dirty water from the site and cleans it for use in site amenities. Plus, an acoustic barrier and biodiversity corridor in the grounds to ensure we are a good neighbour and sympathetic to our ecosystem.

We also reused materials from the original building – including 55 tonnes of steels, 1900 tonnes of stone, 1500 tonnes of bricks and even 50 light fittings. Clever route planning means our trucks run at full capacity, reducing road miles and impact on the local community.

We have created a circular economy that reduces our carbon output by 7,000 tonnes a year and provides all the site’s hot water site and the majority of its electricity requirement. ABP Ellesmere is now a carbon neutral facility as certified by the Carbon Neutral Company, the first of its kind in the world.

After five years of planning, two years building and a £26 million investment, it is also the most sustainable beef processing facility in the world.

 

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A Carbon Neutral Site

The first certified beef processing plant in Europe to achieve full carbon neutrality throughout the site

Fully Circular Economy

Renewable fuel powered CHP using tallow (produced on site) plus refined used cooking oil from our customers

1900 tonnes of stone recycled

Let nothing go to waste – we recycled stone, steel, bricks and even light fittings

40,000 road miles saved

Expert route planning and clever use of back-haul trips cut truck journeys by a massive 13,000

  • A Carbon Neutral Site

    The first certified beef processing plant in Europe to achieve full carbon neutrality throughout the site

  • Fully Circular Economy

    Renewable fuel powered CHP using tallow (produced on site) plus refined used cooking oil from our customers

  • 1900 tonnes of stone recycled

    Let nothing go to waste – we recycled stone, steel, bricks and even light fittings

  • 40,000 road miles saved

    Expert route planning and clever use of back-haul trips cut truck journeys by a massive 13,000

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