All of Kellogg's Australia's energy requirements for its NSW manufacturing operations will come from solar power, it announced today. Kellogg's has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Beryl Solar Farm for the next seven-and-a-half years.

Based on 2018 production data, the PPA will offset the amount of energy needed to produce around 630 million boxes of cereals for the duration of the agreement, the company said. 

The PPA allows Kellogg's to offset its Australian manufacturing carbon impact and will assist in its broader sustainability commitments. It will reduce its CO2 emissions by roughly 139,000 tonnes over the life of the agreement.

Around 29 per cent of Beryl Solar Farm's production for 2019 will be accounted for by the amount of electricity produced under the PPA, as well as the volume of Large Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) sold to Kellogg's.

Kellogg's Australia and New Zealand managing director Esme Borgelt said as a business manufacturing in Australia, there is a responsibility to reduce the impact on the environment as the country continues to experience firsthand the effects of changing and unpredictable climate.

“We’re [reducing our environmental impact] through both continuous improvements in manufacturing to reduce our energy demand and developing innovative partnerships that help increase the available renewable energy in the system,” she said.

“Our partnership with the Beryl Solar Farm enables us to champion and support the clean energy revolution, helping to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from both our head office and manufacturing site in Australia, as part of our broader sustainability commitments.”

The commissioned facility is located in central NSW and is expected to displace approximately 153,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, while saving 37 million litres of water a year.

Packaging News

In an Australian-first, Colgate-Palmolive has launched a kerbside recyclable tube for its Colgate Smile for Good toothpaste range, and is making its packaging technology available to all competitors.

Packaging giant Amcor has raised its full year profits outlook, as third quarter figures all trend upwards, and its free cashflow tops US$1bn.

At an event in Sydney this week, industry and academia involved in the smart sensing project for HDPE recycling shared progress and key findings of the NSW government backed initiative.