Bringing REnewable energy to the food industry
Tackling low carbon impact foods
As the world’s population of over 7.7 billion people continues to grow, there is increasing concern for the sustainability of our resources. The food industry is a big part of the problem – though essential, it accounts for about 20–30% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
Companies within the industry are now searching for low environmental impact food solutions. Their goal is to provide safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way without compromising the environment. One of the many factors the industry is looking at is energy consumption, a key environmental impact indicator. It has been found that commercial food production is inherently energy-intensive across the supply chain, and processors are now looking to renewable energy (RE) to reduce their carbon footprint. To date, a significant number of companies are seizing innovative opportunities relating to clean energy.
An example of this is the partnership between LYS Energy Group (LYS) and S Foods Singapore (SFS), a Japanese leading supplier of fresh meat and premium Japanese wagyu directly imported from their own farms and slaughterhouses in Japan.
SFS joined forces with the regional pioneer in solar energy solutions in 2015 to reduce its business carbon footprint with a turnkey solar energy solution covering the installation, operation, and financing of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the latter’s facilities in Woodlands, Singapore.
Sustainable partnership meets mutual benefits
The installed 81.09kWp solar photovoltaic system enables SFS to purchase clean electricity at a competitive price while offsetting a total of 170 tonnes of CO2 emissions within four years’ time.
“As an early solar energy adopter in Singapore, this sustainable practice has proven to be beneficial to us. As consumer interest in sustainability increases, our partnership with LYS allows us to lead by example and minimise our carbon footprint – improving our environmental performance while lowering our operating expenses related to energy consumption,” says Mr. Yoshida Motomu, Director of S Foods Singapore. “We trust LYS for their high-level expertise in installing, financing and operating solar PV systems that reflect our quality and performance standards.”
LYS’s end-to-end carbon solutions help food manufacturing companies mitigate risks associated with climate change and reduce carbon emissions – all in a cost-effective way.