Premium snack wholesaler Epicurium is projected to generate approximately 93,000 kwh of energy per annum after installing solar panels at the company’s Consett warehouse and office in County Durham.
Part of a wider strategy to adopt green practises, Epicurium’s output will be split evenly between energy used for on-site consumption and energy exported back to the national grid.
The company has also adopted the use of Greenlight Bio, a SCS certified void filler, a paper-based plastic-free packing tape designed to naturally degrade, and customer order boxes made with 75% recycled content. Additionally, any incoming cardboard boxes from suppliers are shredded and used as additional package protection for fragile items.
To further support the effort, Epicurium has invested in motion-sensor LED lighting at its warehouse, as well as replacing electric panel heaters with app-controlled, more energy-efficient, ceramic core electric radiators in half of its office space with plans to roll this out further next year.
Speaking on the news, Epicurium’s managing director, Ben McKechnie, said: “At Epicurium we continuously look at ways we can improve our site and our process in order to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint. With consumers quite rightly continuing to expect more eco-friendly and responsible choices from brands, it’s imperative that we do our bit to help out, and the installation of our solar panels are an important next step for us as a brand in our development.”