Terra Spirits & Liqueurs, Bailieboro in Co. Cavan, is Ireland’s largest family owned producer of Irish Cream Liqueurs, which it exports to over 60 markets worldwide.
Terra is also the winner of the Small to Medium Business Award at the SEAI Energy Awards 2020.
0.5mlitres of water waste reduced p.a.
80%reduction in NOx
€15,000savings p.a. from heat pump system
Terra’s programme of sustainability began many years ago and it had made minor investments into sustainability projects such as increasing insulation retrofits and LED lighting. However, it has made the greatest progress and investment in the past 18 months to 2 years through capital investments.
The team identified a number of key areas to lower its carbon footprint and cost base, including:
- Air-to-water heat pump technology to generate hot water
- Solar PV generation for the site’s electrical demand
This led to a 25% reduction in their energy demand and a 30% reduction in oil demand, which is about 26,000 bulk litres.
These sustainability initiatives have also delivered solid commercial benefits to the business. Terra’s management team has long recognised the benefits that derive from reducing a company’s environmental impact whilst delivering cost reduction, quality improvement and overall customer appreciation.
Terra is committed to further optimising its operation and expects to gain long-term pay backs from some of its initiatives.
For example, doubling the Solar PV farm means it could set a target of producing 40% of the site’s annual electrical demand, doubling its CO2 savings annually to in excess of 80,000 kg CO2. The heat recovery and waste water systems have greatly reduced unnecessary waste, therefore reducing costs and will have an approximate 10-year pay back.
These efforts are not only delivering huge benefits in terms of cost savings but also to the environment.
“We’re delighted to have won the SME category. It’s a great recognition of all the hard work we’ve put into it over the last number of years.” – Shaun McKevitt, Terra Spirits & Liqueurs
2020 SEAI Energy Awards
A total of ten awards were presented to individuals, businesses, communities, and public sector organisations in recognition of their commitment and dedication to sustainable energy and climate action.
The online awards ceremony was hosted by broadcast journalist, Andrea Gilligan, who was joined by Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan T.D. for a special interview.See our 2020 winners