North Yorkshire-based Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN) – the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food – has won the Sustainability Award at the 2017 awards organised by the Pet Industry Federation.
This is the second major award in 2017 for IPN’s sustainability programme which has seen the business reduce energy costs and waste. Earlier this year IPN – which is based at Dalton near Thirsk – achieved Green Level accreditation from Investors in the Environment (iiE). This is the highest level achievable within the iiE’s scheme and IPN was the first UK pet food business to go straight from the Bronze Level, which it was awarded in April 2016, to Green Level. In addition, employee Chris Cole, IPN’s Environmental Co-ordinator, received an iiE Best Green Champion Award.
In its entry for the Pet Industry Awards, IPN highlighted how – despite increased production – reductions in resource usage including a 4% drop in gas, 20% in electricity and 17% in water had been achieved. In addition, plastic waste was down more than 5% and paper waste by 17% and all product waste goes to an anaerobic digester. Finally, significant savings in energy costs are still being achieved as in July 2017 gas usage per tonne of product was 27% less than in July 2016.
IPN’s Operations Director George Page, said: “This prestigious national award is a fitting tribute to the work being done by Chris Cole and his team on reducing our environmental impact. Our resource use is now measured daily and everyone in the business is aware that being ‘green’ is not a one-off project but a sustained effort.”
Dan Reeves – Marketing Manager
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