Scottish seafood producers announces big carbon reduction –

Scottish seafood producers announces big carbon reduction Published:  27 January, 2010

Macrae, the Scottish seafood producer, has managed to reduce the carbon footprint at its Edinburgh operation by a total of 13 per cent throughout, following the latest annual environmental audit.

The operation, part of The Seafood Company, is a dedicated supplier of seafood products to Waitrose, has also taken 180 tonnes of cardboard packaging out of the business by working together with Waitrose on a new delivery model and more streamlined packaging.

The audit shows that electricity usage has dropped by 6.5 per cent, gas by over 18 per cent, water by 21 per cent and effluent discharge by 24 per cent.%. The savings in electricity is the equivalent of powering 65 four bedroom homes and gas, 50 homes.

Roy Cunningham, managing director of Macrae Edinburgh, said:“We moved into this new purpose built factory (64,000 sq ft) in Livingston in 2007. Despite having transferred into an environmentally sensitively designed facility we’ve since made substantial in-roads in environmental improvements in two key areas – our utility usage and the packaging that we use for our end product. We are working on the rest, such as achieving zero landfill, and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint year-on-year.

“The improvements have been made by investing in new energy saving features and in instilling a culture of reduce, reuse and recycle within the business. Over the last two years we’ve saved 75 tonnes of carbon through utility reduction alone. The benefits of making these changes are not only environmental. For instance, by installing motion sensor lighting throughout the facility, we’ve saved £45,000 a year.”

The Livingston factory produces a wide range of products including smoked salmon and trout, seafood pates and cocktails and hot smoked and poached fish.