Two UK companies are teaming up in an attempt to identify emissions associated with the thousands of tons of fruit produced by Bardsley England each year.
Bardsley's goal to grow carbon negative apples, pears, cherries, and more is one step closer to reality after the firm announced a partnership with energy services giant ENGIE to aid its transition to more sustainable methods of production.
Kent-based Bardsley England packs around 37,000 tons of fruit annually, while producing up to 23,000 tons each year from its 24 sites and 820 hectares of land. Its partnership with ENGIE will see the two organisations collaborate on a host of projects to identify all emissions - direct, energy-related, and through the supply chain, known respectively as Scopes 1, 2 and 3 - that are associated with its cultivation, harvest, land management, storage, packaging, processing, transportation and waste disposal activities.
Businessgreen.com quoted Ben Bardsley, managing director of Bardsley England, as saying: "Our ultimate objective is to reach a point where our produce is not just carbon-zero, but carbon-negative. This is a long-term strategy that requires meticulous attention to detail at every level and we are confident that ENGIE is the right partner for this mission."
Matt Dracup, energy services director at ENGIE UK, added: "This is an ambitious programme, particularly in addressing the full 'cradle to gate' emissions, and we are both proud and excited to be playing a key role in it. We are looking forward to supporting Bardsley England in their journey ahead."