Food packaging specialist invests £200,000 to reduce carbon footprint

Lee Brydon

PFF Group has revealed it is investing £200,000 in new transformer technology to reduce carbon emissions at its Keighley, West Yorkshire site.

The food packaging specialist said that, in the first stage of the phased installation, the new voltage management technology will reduce the company’s energy costs and increase efficiency, resulting in a 5% carbon footprint reduction.

Supplied by smart energy solutions manufacturer Powerstar, the transformer enables electricity to be transferred from one circuit to another at changing voltage levels, to improve the safety and efficiency of power systems and reduce carbon emissions.

PFF general manager Lee Brydon explained, “As a producer of sustainable packaging, PFF places great importance on using resources efficiently and this latest investment demonstrates that we take our carbon reduction commitments very seriously. Transformers become less efficient as they age and upgrading our existing equipment will increase power resilience and enable greater energy efficiency, thereby lowering our carbon footprint.

“Plastics continue to have a vital role to play in food production and our objective is to produce packaging that delivers the most sustainable solution when accounting for whole life costs – from production to transportation emissions, food waste and recyclability. Carbon footprinting offers the most accurate assessment of the way our products impact on our planet. Therefore, reducing our carbon footprint is the biggest thing we can do to protect the environment.”

PFF Group recently launched a new health division and has been producing millions of disposable polythene aprons for use by NHS and social care workers.