SEAI Awards Finalists
The standard of applications for the 2022 SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards was exceptionally high. View the successful shortlisted projects.
See all of the finalists in each category below to read all about the finalist’s incredible work and achievements.
Veolia is an environmental services company. They provide a comprehensive range of energy, waste and water solutions. They are dedicated to carbon reduction, protecting the environment and building a circular economy. Their ground-breaking approach combines innovative technologies to deliver Advanced Anaerobic Digestion. In this project, Veolia increased the capacity of the Osberstown Wastewater Treatment Plant and upgraded the adjacent Sludge Treatment Facility. This project was completed for Kildare County Council and Irish Water. The project reduces CO2 emissions by more than 8,000 tonnes per annum. It also delivers energy savings to the equivalent of powering 2,700 households. The innovative approach and new technologies are easily adaptable to similar sites. The system saved €11 million overall on capital and operational expenditure. This project shows what is possible to reduce our carbon footprint and help make Ireland more sustainable.
Lidl Ireland is a nationwide grocery retailer with 216 stores and 4 regional distribution centres. Lidl has a very robust approach to renewable energy and has installed many solar photo voltaic systems and heat pumps in their buildings and stores. This is strongly driven by Lidl's aggressive 2030 carbon reduction targets. These targets comprise a 46% carbon emission reduction for scope 1 that occurs from sources such as combustion in boilers and vehicles, and scope 2 is associated with purchasing electricity. An A1 BER rating is targeted for all new stores aided by thermal modelling software. Lidl aims to have 62 stores with solar PV installed by the end of 2022. They have also installed solar PV in their Mullingar and Newbridge warehouses. This will make them the largest rooftop solar PV owner in Ireland. Lidl is certified to the International Standard ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems and is audited by independent auditing companies to verify compliance.
Weener Plastics is a global supplier of innovative plastic packaging solutions. They are making every possible effort to ensure they reduce their carbon footprint. They are committed to helping Ireland reach its 2030 target. Weener Plastics energy team implemented a renewable energy project. They are using groundwater as a renewable source of the heat sink. Energy efficiency and carbon reduction were the main drivers of this project. Overall the project delivered 583MWh of energy savings equivalent to €32,000. It has achieved 169 tonnes of CO2 reduction in the last 12 months. The process is easily replicable, and its sister companies are already planning the same project.
Corca Dhuibhne SEC
Corca Dhuibhne SEC, established in 2018, is part of the collaborative Dingle Peninsula 2030 initiative. They actively collaborate with the local community, including schools, business, transport, farming and tourism sectors. Their goal is to enable broader societal changes. These changes are to foster a sustainable low-carbon transition.
The Dingle Hub is working to identify employment opportunities. They want to help develop a sustainable economic future for the area. This is essentially an experiment. Through engaged research, MaREI is tracking, analysing and publishing experiential learnings. This is to help inform policy and practice, both locally and nationally. So far engagement events have reached up to 2,000 people from all sectors of society. Activity includes an Anaerobic Digester Feasibility Study, audio training material, home trial on solar PV, battery management, heat pumps and electric vehicles. This project illustrates how collaboration can support and enable active community responses.
Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative CLG
Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative CLG (ECTC) is a community-led home insulation upgrade and renovation organisation. They focus on getting grant aid, sourcing contractors and overseeing projects. This activity is for homeowners, businesses and community groups. ECTC grew out of a desire by rural communities to keep people in their areas. Energy efficiency was seen as a great driver of local economic growth. It also plays an instrumental role in helping Ireland achieve the target set out in the Climate Action Plan.
Its mission is to allow communities to create local employment and community benefit. This can be done by reducing their carbon footprint. They are focussed on eliminating fuel poverty and generating community-owned energy. Since 2012, ECTC and its 15 member communities have upgraded over 860 homes and secured over €12 million in investment for Tipperary.
The ECTC application demonstrates that they have been very proactive in promoting the message of energy efficiency and being instrumental in implementing significant projects with communities.
Mulranny Green Plan
Mulranny is a small community of 300 overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Mulranny Green Plan SEC Group work with partner groups connected to Mulranny Community Futures. This is an umbrella group with representatives from 25 community organisations. They are employing a cooperative-based approach to climate action. Mulranny Green Plan SEC group strive to be carbon neutral, eco-friendly and inspirational. They aim to help the community improve the energy fabric of their homes and businesses. They also wish to develop renewable energy projects. The community will own these projects for the benefit of the community. They have created Ireland's first community owned E-Bike Share Scheme. This is fully powered by renewable energy. They have also run energy retrofitting workshops. Their vision is to preserve the unique environment of Mulranny. They want to enhance it for future generations.
Wicklow Tidy Towns SEC
Wicklow Tidy Towns Sustainable Energy Community was set up in 2019. They are focused on improving energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. They hosted an Energy Awareness Day in June 2022, where 18 Electric Vehicles were displayed, plus several trade suppliers of renewable and energy-efficient technologies. A one-stop shop answered questions on the new retrofit grants. Representatives for two proposed offshore Wind Banks also explained their projects. 400 people attended this unique event to the county. The success of the event has given volunteers new motivation for the future. Their vision is to play their role in tackling climate change ambitiously.
An Post is Ireland’s national postal operator with a presence in every Irish community. It has a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030. To achieve this, they have a quarterly Sustainability Forum for the organisation led by the energy team consisting of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Facilities Manager, the Energy Manager and two Environmental Project Executives. . The team is responsible for internal energy audits, implementing energy-saving and climate action initiatives, monitoring heating and energy control systems and the rollout and management of EV chargers. They also work on researching innovative methods to reduce emissions and energy use. Through their energy team, An Post has embedded climate action and energy management across their business. Since 2018, An Post has spent over €24m on sustainability capital expenditure. This has included investment in electric vehicles to decarbonise their fleet, and several other sustainability initiatives within their property portfolio, including installing panels and insulation. It is certified to the International Standard ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems and is audited by independent auditing companies to verify compliance.
University of Galway
The University of Galway is on a journey to reduce energy and carbon on campus. This journey was formalised in 2012 with accreditation to ISO50001. The University of Galway embeds sustainability into their culture, operational policies and governance structures. Their 2030 Zero Carbon Action Plan is fully costed to transition to a zero-carbon campus in the next decade. It includes the installation of 2 district heating networks with biomass energy centres which are estimated to cost in the region €3.4 million. Other critical actions involve reviewing the building fabrics to improve U-values and reduce unwanted heat loss.
The Energy Team is an integral part of the University strategy, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, they completed €1.9 million of energy/carbon reduction projects, with an SEAI communities grant and college-related funding. The team ensures operations, research and behaviour are all major factors in the energy transition. They are committed to lead sustainability across the campus and beyond.
The Energy Team are an integral part of the University of Galway Sustainability Strategy. They operate a holistic approach.
University College Cork (UCC)
University College Cork (UCC) has a student-led, research-informed and practice-focused Green Campus program. UCC's energy management team has senior representatives from the Capital projects office, the Estates operational team and the academic community. The energy team prioritise an energy efficiency first approach. They operate their estate, communication campaigns and energy action plans. This has proven to be the foundation of their many successes. They have rolled out a ‘Saver Saves Scheme’. This inspires the internal culture of energy savers across multiple teams. They have encouraged capital investment in UCC to reduce its overall energy consumption. Since 2016, they have implemented over 100 energy efficiency projects aligned with their ISO 50001 Energy Management Programme. These range from lighting upgrades, building management system upgrades and building retrofits. They commenced their heating decarbonisation programme in 2021. This was built on the successes of all their activities so far.
AbbVie is a biopharmaceutical business. It has five manufacturing facilities and three offices across Ireland. AbbVie Team Evergreen is the AbbVie All-Ireland Sustainability Team. It includes Site Directors, HR Directors, and Communications Leadership. They have set ambitious, long-term environmental decarbonisation goals. They have a target to reduce scopes 1 and 2 by 50% by 2035, including 100% renewable electricity. The team focus on supporting and enabling the delivery of AbbVie’s sustainability goals. They work on building relationships with the community and supporting sustainable projects. They focus on absolute reductions in carbon emissions, water and waste generation. They are striving for zero waste in landfill at their sites. This is all while driving increases in renewable electricity and sustainability. Team Evergreen and the site energy teams have achieved a 6.51 GWh (3%) reduction in 2021 energy anda 48% reduction in CO2 (since 2015). All Abbvie sites are certified to the International Standard ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.
RetroKit is a software company producing digital tools to support the energy upgrading of housing stock. Beginning as a research project, a range of software tools have been developed and commercialised, and are now used by Local Authorities and Sustainable Energy Communities. RetroKit tools model the current energy performance of residential housing stock and run energy retrofit scenarios on the data. Thorough research at the proof-of-concept stage moved the project from theory to practice. The result is a concrete tool with a successful business model. RetroKit commercialised 3 products within 5 years on a relatively small budget. A great example of a small company’s ambition to develop new products and processes that can be used more widely across the sector. If successful in this award, the bursary will go towards the development of the software tools (e.g. API integration or artificial intelligence capabilities); they also plan to use the bursary to develop a social housing body long term renovation roadmap and integrate it with tools produced by the World Green Building Council.
ORE group MaREI UCC
The Offshore Renewable Energy Group, in the MaREI research centre at University College Cork, coordinated a Horizon 2020 project, MaRINET2, over 5 years. The MaRINET2 project comprised 53 facilities across Europe. These facilities test marine energy devices and include test tanks, wind tunnels, field test sites, component test facilities, and other cross-cutting research facilities. This project has supported collaboration and shared learnings to strengthen the marine renewable energy industry. This is a crucial enabler to decarbonising the global economy. If they win the award, the bursary will go towards a significant conference open to the public to showcase the excellent work coming out of this project. Another action they envision is to formalise the educational programme which they piloted in Ireland and Portugal.
The UCD Centre for Mechanics and the QUANT Group
The UCD Centre for Mechanics and the QUANT Group at the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, collaborate on the WindPearl research project. These two research groups came together to address the challenges and opportunities around Ireland's wind turbine operations and maintenance (O&M). This project aims to improve and optimise the O&M of onshore wind farms through e-deep analytics. Their work has demonstratively enabled Ireland’s thought leadership on this topic. Throughout the project, the team have also established collaborations with several organisations worldwide. If successful in this award, the bursary will fund summer schools and internships. These opportunities will have a particular focus on working with wind energy data. Their goal is to further the significant research already underway.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (JJVC) in Limerick is the world's largest contact lens manufacturing site. It is the third largest energy-consuming site within J&J worldwide. The site has led the way with its energy programme. It has delivered substantial energy, CO2 and financial savings. The activities have set the site as the benchmark for energy performance in J&J worldwide. Their ambitious targets include 100% renewable electricity by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2030. They are the first J&J company to install onsite wind turbines. They also have a geothermal system to provide cooling for the plant. They constructed a new gym and medical centre which was Ireland’s first greenfield site to achieve SEAI EXEED Certification, resulting in a 25% energy efficiency improvement versus building regulations.
In total, the JJVC energy team has measured energy savings of over 45 GWh (gigawatt hours). Savings were made through continual improvement initiatives and energy efficiency measures.
Wyeth Nutrition supplies infant nutrition products across the world. Senior management commits to and supports their energy efficiency process annually. They effectively manage their energy on a day-to-day basis. They monitor this using their ISO 50001 Energy Management System. They continually plan and execute energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects for the site. The cumulative savings from energy projects verified since 2012 are 300 GWh. The efforts of the energy management team have resulted in significant savings for the site in terms of energy demand reduction, CO2 emissions and cost. They have corporate targets to reduce their Green House gas emissions by 51% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
Keppel DC REIT Ireland
Keppel DC REIT Ireland has had a long-established presence in Dublin. They provide data centre facilities for national and international organisations across multiple sectors. In 2017 Keppel commenced the P20 project. This was to improve energy, power usage, and water usage effectiveness. Keppel trialled cutting-edge technologies to improve the operational aspects of their business. They are certified to the International Standard ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems and are audited by independent auditing companies to verify compliance. Through their ISO 5001 programme, they rigidly track and manage every output. Throughout this project, they have reused and recycled existing materials. Keppel DC REIT Ireland is one of the first to reach this type of major refresh. The model and technologies they are pioneering can become best practices for other data centres across Ireland.
Aurivo Co-Operative Society
Aurivo Co-Operative Society is a multipurpose agricultural co-operative processing over 450million litres of milk annually. They support over 10,000 members, 1,000 farmers and 650 employees across the Northwest of Ireland. Through a holistic approach to sustainability, Aurivo has reduced its energy consumption. Increased understanding of the supply chain has led to scope 3 carbon emission reductions. Aurivo has made significant progress on its decarbonisation journey. They have done this by using the calculation of the Greenhouse Gas inventory. They have also used the principles of Energy Efficient Design. Efforts have been made to expand the reach of these projects. They have provided training and information to employees, members, and customers. These sessions focus on reducing energy consumption and environmental impact.
The Falls Hotel & Spa
The Falls Hotel & Spa, a family run hotel, worked over a six-year period to reduce their CO2 emissions. Their sustainability journey started with smart energy changes within the hotel, such as switching all of the light fittings to LED, fitting aerators on all water supply systems and using BioLPG fuel. They then invested in using hydro power. This is powered by the cascades that give the hotel its name. Installing a hydro-electric turbine on the river next to the hotel reduced their carbon emissions by 70%. In addition, they are selling their excess hydro-electricity back to the grid. This and other sustainability initiatives led to the hotel being declared a carbon neutral property. They were awarded their GreenMark recognition in March 2021. Now with a 56 tonne emission reduction by the end of 2021 and 70% reduction in energy bills, they can see a huge change. They proudly have guests stay at a carbon neutral hotel.
The FACTORY is an eco-print and graphic design studio. The FACTORY is now generating 65% of its electricity on-site via wind and solar power. It has installed LED lighting, an air-to-water heating, a solar PV array, a small wind turbine and invested in an electric vehicle for local deliveries. Other measures implemented include a four-day work week and managing 5 acres of land for biodiversity. The FACTORY is determined to make its sustainable energy journey fully transparent and it has shared its journey and results on social media. The data shows how small businesses can be more sustainable and the FACTORY wants to empower similar businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.
Activ8 Solar Energies
Activ8 Solar Energies is a residential and commercial solar installation company. As the company grew, it was necessary = to build a new head office and more importantly, it allowed them to deliver a world-class building. They saw it as an opportunity to be a leader in energy efficiency. Over 3 years, they worked towards the move. They combined internal energy efficiency policies with the design principles of the new building. Their goal was to optimise every aspect of their operations to be more sustainable. They have installed air source heat pumps, heat recovery and solar PV. They have supplemented LED lights with sensors throughout. They've added exceptional insulation measures and EV car chargers. They have also implemented rainwater harvesting. Through all of this, they have delivered a new head office at the forefront of sustainable energy. The building is operating 47% more efficiently than baseline energy consumption.
An Post has a presence in every Irish community. It is the first postal operator in the world to achieve ISO 50001 for all operations. An Post has committed to ambitious carbon reduction targets. It plans to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2025 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. With leadership focused on collaboration, key decision-makers are involved in all processes. An Post has embedded climate action and energy management into every facet of their business.
Since 2022 its sustainability team has been driven by the Chief Transformation Officer. The Sustainability Forum meets quarterly to ensure its policies, practices, and initiatives align with An Post’s values, strategy, and stakeholder expectations. An Post plan is to spend €100m on sustainability capital expenditure by 2025. All capital asset programmes are assessed from a sustainability perspective.
Since 2018, they have spent over €24 million on sustainability capital expenditure. An Post fleet includes 1,010 EVs and 155 e-trikes. This consists of a 7.5-tonne electric truck. They have over 1,300 chargers. In 2021, they were the first company in Ireland to trial hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) for fleet fuel. Currently, 28% of their fleet runs on alternative fuel sources, aiming to reach 50% by 2025. 62% of drivers have now completed eco-driver training, contributing to the increased fuel efficiency of their fleet by 5.7% compared to 2020.
Bus Éireann is Ireland’s national bus operator and, in 2019, carried 89 million passengers. It has aligned its strategy with the Climate Action Plan 2021. Bus Éireann is committed to improving its fleet’s energy efficiency. It also wishes to decarbonise public transport. Its sustainability strategy outlines a roadmap with targets and performance indicators.
By 2021, approximately 230 more energy efficient, low/zero emissions vehicles were purchased, representing an upgrade of 20% of the fleet operated or owned by Bus Éireann. The fleet transformation has involved replacing older Euro IV and Euro V engine vehicles with more energy efficient and lower emitting Euro VI, Hybrid and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.
In 2021, there were over 240,000 emissions-free kilometres completed. The associated emissions reduction is more than 90 tonnes of CO2. 63% of Bus Éireann’s total fleet are Euro VI cleaner emissions standards. By 2035, 100% of the fleet operated by Bus Éireann, on behalf of the National Transport Authority, will be zero-emissions vehicles.
Tipperary Energy Agency
This project was managed by Tipperary Energy Agency for Lahinch Leisure Centre which was constructed in 1950. At the beginning of the project, the centre was experiencing high operational costs and declining memberships. This meant the facility was looking at the prospect of closure. In upgrading the leisure centre, the goal was to create a sustainable solution focusing on energy efficiency and renewable systems, and to serve the local region with a lasting impact.
The building fabric has been updated and the centre now benefits from a 100% renewable energy system with the installation of a ground source heat pump, biomass boiler, and solar PV array. The energy efficiency upgrade works will achieve a 56% reduction in running costs and a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions. The upgrade of the leisure centre to an A rating BER has boosted the local community. The project has generated local and national interest and shows that it is possible to deep retrofit existing leisure facilities.
BDP (Sustainability Designer) + ESB
This project, delivered by BDP for ESB, is a set of two next generation office buildings which showcases sustainable design. Air quality and interaction with the natural environment are high priority along with occupier comfort. These buildings use a wealth of pioneering environmental techniques for modern offices, such as domestic hot water recovered from waste heat, rain-water and groundwater recovery and ground loops for free cooling and heating. The use of a unique hybrid ventilation strategy provides the best of both natural ventilation and mechanical systems to control the internal environment. It offers staff local control and a connection with the external environment. ESB and BDP are committed to freely sharing the techniques used. This is an important research project which demonstrates many new techniques vital for building future low energy offices.
Carson & Crushell Architects / Jeremy Walsh Project Management
Carson & Crushell Architects / Jeremy Walsh Project Management worked on this impressive office renovation in Tralee, Co. Kerry. The Gas Terrace project involved the renovation of a late 19th-Century terraced house. The goal was to shift the building from dependency on fossil fuels (as embodied in its street name) to one powered by renewables. The project transformed the building into a state-of-the-art high performance office building. The result was a B1 rated building with an air tightness of 0.8 ACH. The measured performance is testament to the fact that the building simply works, with energy consumption reduced by 88%.
Wren Urban Nest
Wren Urban Nest is a 137-bed hotel in the Temple Bar district of Dublin. Sustainability and going beyond best practice were key drivers for this project. It is the first hotel in Ireland to meet the operational net zero carbon definition as defined by the World Green Building Council. WGBC. The hot water, heating and cooling system is based on a combination of efficient heat pumps. Rejected heat is captured and used as a renewable source for hot water and heating. As a result, the hotel’s kitchen has no reliance on gas. The building is one of a handful of BER A -rated hotels in the country. It sources 40% of its energy from renewable resources which is four times the current NZEB requirement. The result is a luxury hotel that has a very low carbon footprint.
SOLA Energy Solution
SOLA Energy Solutions is a provider and installer of renewable energy systems for the new build and retrofit market. On behalf of Tipperary County Council, SOLA upgraded BER ‘G’ rated houses built in 1966. They achieved a BER ‘A’ rating using energy-efficient renewable technology and materials. SOLA is instrumental in the implementation of energy efficiency upgrade measures. The company showcases what a small local employer can achieve with the right skills and team around them. This project is an excellent reflection on the available workforce and what standards can be performed on homes throughout Ireland. Since 2015, Sola has completed over 200 full house energy upgrades.
Electric Ireland Superhomes
Electric Ireland Superhomes is a joint venture between Tipperary Energy Agency and Electric Ireland. Established in 2021, it aims to upscale the home retrofit One Stop Shop model. Itprovides homeowners with expert guidance and support. It aims to empower customers to achieve warmer, healthier, low-carbon homes. Its whole house solution has a fossil fuel-free, renewable energy-focused approach. With a heat pump at its core, it results in lower energy bills and significantly reduced carbon emissions. This work contributes to the overall achievement of Ireland’s national climate targets. In 2021 they delivered 105 homes with over 80% achieving a BER ‘A’ rating.
SSE Airtricity provides energy-related services to home and business customers. The Limerick 2021 Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project carried out significant energy upgrade work. It has already helped in the advancement of energy efficiency technologies. It focussed on 59 Local Authority homes with an average BER ‘D” rating enhancing them to a BER ‘A’ rating. This project was part of a government initiative. SSE partnered with Limerick City & County Council. Their goal was to upgrade properties which had been identified as most in need of energy efficiency upgrades. They implemented advanced insulation, heat pumps, solar panels, and batteries. They generated combined energy savings from this project to a 90% improvement. They reduced carbon emissions by 340 tonnes of CO2 per year. The Limerick 2021 Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project will have a lasting impact on the community.
STUDIO NEGRI has been involved in residential deep retrofits since 2010. It promotes the use of natural materials and focuses on carbon reduction. It works on transforming old buildings to high energy performance. It does this by using renewable energy sources. Transforming old buildings, they have upgraded all building types in an innovative way. The focus is on projects that extend the future lifecycle of these properties. House types achieving BER ‘A’ ratings range from protected structures built in the 1830's, to a semi-detached house built in the 1970's. STUDIO NEGRI demonstrates that by using the approach of reduce, reuse, recycle and retrofit, old structures can be transitioned into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings.
FREE NOW Group
FREE NOW is a multi-mobility app offering a taxi-hailing service. A dedicated team focused on transitioning the taxi fleet to EV’s. This enabled FREE NOW to focus on what was deterring drivers from switching. Their goal was to find solutions to those challenges. Starting with a successful EV roadshow in Dublin, they expanded around the country. These events provide all the information drivers needed to make the switch to an EV. The project has been hugely successful to date. 89% of 2022 cars added this year have been electric. They are saving 824,000 kg of C02 since the project commenced. This project is the first of its kind and scale in the country and across Europe. For FREE NOW, this was and is an investment made in the future, with real, measurable, and tangible benefits. These benefits do not just impact a single stakeholder. They are multi-faceted- regarding climate change, driver sustainability and passenger choice.
Bleeper, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Smart Dún Laoghaire and Enable Research
Bleeper is a micromobility service provider specialising in shared public bikes. The eCargobikes for Businesses project is a pilot scheme. It enables local businesses and organisations to trial eCargobikes at a subsidised rate. The collaborative approach was critical to the success of this project. Local authorities, private businesses and researchers came together. Reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution. The core aim is to encourage and enable the adoption of eCargobikes. This provides businesses with a sustainable alternative to using cars and vans. It tackles the primary barriers to eCargobike ownership in Ireland. Cost, perception, and practicality. The first eCargobike pilot was launched in Dún Laoghaire in May 2021. Since then, more than 40 local businesses have trialled eCargobikes across Dublin. There is currently an over-demand for the bikes. This has led to councils already exploring how to expand the scheme.
Dublin Airport is Ireland's main aviation gateway. They implemented a Low Emission Vehicle Policy in 2019. This outlines their commitment to reducing their vehicle emissions. They have a current fleet of 35 electric vehicles. They have installed charging infrastructure on-site and electrifying their bus fleet. This has led to a sustainable airside operation. It removes fossil fuel ground-powered units and improves air quality. The cost reduction and efficiency improvements associated are particularly unique and substantial. Dublin Airport was designated carbon neutral in 2020.
McCulla (Ireland) Ltd
McCulla (Ireland) Ltd is a family-owned temperature-controlled storage and distribution company. The company has developed a circular economy. This is a closed loop from food waste to fertiliser using the Anaerobic Digestion plant. This plant enables the company to produce its electricity from food waste. The bio-methane gas generated is used to power their transport vehicles. These first vehicles are just the beginning. McCulla aims to phase out diesel in favour of biogas. Their aim is to further reduce emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. McCulla’s sustainable transport model is an extremely powerful message for the industry. If a relatively small family-owned operator from Ireland can do it, so can others.