In a new video series, Aurivo co-operative has announced that measures taken over the past five years, underpinned by significant capital investment of €37m over three years, have put the business of Aurivo on a stronger sustainable footing.
Commenting, Donal Tierney, CEO of Aurivo said: “In the process of achieving positive and ambitious targets, we aim to do so in a sustainable way, ensuring operational excellence and long-term growth for the co-operative into the future. As a key stakeholder within the dairy sector, we are integrating more sustainable processes within the co-operative. Sustainability is embedded in Aurivo’s mission and we are continuing to make operational improvements to ensure a sustainable future for the co-op.”
Aurivo’s sustainability achievements to date:
Reducing our carbon footprint
– We are reducing our road miles on approaching 500 million litres of milk delivered every year across a transport network in 14 counties. We replaced oil with woodchip to produce half of our heat energy to process milk and reduced carbon emissions by 50%. Each year, from using woodchip and gas, carbon emissions are reduced by 25,000 tonnes.
– At our liquid milk plant, we invested in heat pump technology to reduce on-site fossil fuel consumption by 80 per cent. A new packing machine produces fully renewable milk cartons– manufactured from sugarcane and paperboard. We will move to bio-based cartons for all our milk and work with suppliers and partners to reduce plastic packaging.
Improving our processes
– Clean energy light technology across Aurivo has delivered significant energy savings. As production increases, water and electrical efficiencies come from operational excellence and new technologies. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint through improvement and innovation. Aurivo supports farmers to ensure our environment and rural communities thrive for future generations.
Pioneering a sustainable future
– Our farmer members operate high standards of animal welfare. Through our farm programmes, we work with farmers to reach targets for grass-based dairy. Our annual Milk Quality Awards recognise these champions. We strive to pay the highest milk price to our milk suppliers to ensure their business is sustainable. As a member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green, we are committed to improving dairy production.
Aurivo’s focus continues to be on growing a sustainable business that will not only create value for its members but will ensure a certain future for its farms and communities for generations to come.
Aurivo’s sustainability videos can be found here: www.aurivo.ie/sustainability