Solar Expansion Further Reduces Carbon Emissions For Oakland International

With a longstanding commitment of integrating sustainability into their business strategy, total supply chain solutions provider & Cold Chain Federation member Oakland International has further extended their investment in solar technology to achieve almost 27% of their energy requirements across three UK sites of Redditch, Bardon and Corby.

The Redditch site is now in the region of 660,000 kWh/annum, with the overall generation expected to be in the region of 25% of the current Redditch electricity demand.

The new solar system at Corby has a capacity of 639.87 kWp with an annual yield of 458,000 kWh/year and will result in a reduction of 23.73% in imported electricity, with 100% of generated electricity used inhouse and a CO2 reduction of 96,552 kg annually.

Oakland International Strategic development Manager Peter Vaughan said: “Oakland International is fully committed to a journey which supports innovation in working practices which are ambitious and positive disrupters intended to drive down our carbon footprint.

“We strongly believe that a focus on environmental initiatives is not only good for the planet but will also provide an important amount of energy resilience.

“With significant changes and fluctuations in energy pricing our desire is to reduce our reliance on the energy grid whilst also minimising our impact on the local and wider environment.”

Oakland International is a leading D2C/B2C/B2B specialist in contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and brand development support covering ambient, chilled, and frozen food, and services retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets in the UK and Ireland. They are also BRCGS AA accredited and have taken the first step to becoming B Corp certified and working towards becoming the first business within their sector to achieve net-zero.

BeBa Energy Managing Director Stephen Palmer commented: “We are very proud to be Oakland International’s chosen solar PV provider and to be a part of their decarbonisation journey.

“It is incredible to think that so much green energy can be produced from the unused roof space across all 3 sites. Oakland International have a large power demand across their sites and it is great to see that the solar PV installations are not only having a real positive impact on their carbon footprint, but also on their reliance on the grid and fossil fuels.

“Oakland International are true leaders in driving a sustainable future and we are very excited to be a part of this journey with them.”


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