24 November 2013: Irish energy supplier Naturgy has signed a gas and renewable electricity deal with Britvic Ireland, the number one soft drinks company by volume on the island of Ireland. Valued at €1.8m in the first year, the agreement will see Naturgy supply Britvic with natural gas and 100% green electricity to meet all the year-round energy requirements for its three Irish sites – its two factories in Dublin (Kylemore) and Limerick (Newcastle West) and its distribution centre in Dublin (Clondalkin).
The deal will provide Britvic with direct access to wholesale market prices for both electricity and gas, allowing the company to achieve significant savings compared with traditional fixed rate tariffs in the market. As part of a fully managed agreement, Naturgy will provide Britvic with the procurement tools and advice to purchase energy at the best price available in the market.
Marcel Kahlow, Head of Procurement, Britvic Ireland, said: “Britvic Ireland is a member of Origin Green, a Bord Bia programme that sets out Ireland’s ambition to become a world leader in the delivery of sustainable, high-quality food and drink products. As a sustainable business, Britvic Ireland believes passionately in minimising our impact on the environment and is continually looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint across all our business operations. We have achieved enormous progress to date through initiatives that significantly reduce energy consumption, packaging recycling, water use, and waste generation.”
Mat Thewlis, Operations Director, Britvic Ireland, said: “In particular, energy use is a key focus for Britvic and our partnership with Naturgy will help us reduce our environmental footprint even further by providing us with electricity that has a 100% renewable rating,” says Mr Kahlow. “The deal also gives us direct access to wholesale gas and electricity prices backed up by Vayu’s expertise in the Irish energy market. This will enable us to manage our energy procurement more effectively, significantly reduce our energy costs and carbon footprint. This is nothing less than a win-win for Britvic and the environment”
Stephen Behan, energy specialist at Naturgy said: “With energy costs becoming a greater consideration, many Irish businesses are seeking more effective ways to manage their energy procurement and achieve substantial savings. This is changing the way energy is being supplied – moving away from traditional commodity approaches to solutions based on sophisticated management tools for minimising the per-unit cost of energy purchased.”
Mr Behan noted that environmental considerations are playing a greater role when businesses purchase electricity. He said: “Access to renewable electricity has become a very important issue for Irish businesses looking to minimise their carbon footprint and limit the environmental impact of their activities. This is having a direct impact on the way businesses procure electricity in Ireland.”
Britvic Ireland is the leading soft drinks company on the island of Ireland. With a brand heritage spanning over 240 years, the company’s product portfolio includes Irish brands such as Ballygowan, MiWadi, Club and TK. Britvic Ireland has exclusive agreements to make and distribute global brands such as Pepsi, 7UP and Mountain Dew Energy on behalf of PepsiCo.
Vayu is a leading independent supplier of electricity and natural gas; offering the widest range of tailored procurement solutions to industrial and commercial customers in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. The company has been in operation since 2003 and since its beginnings as a business natural gas supplier has steadily grown and now supplies 22% of Ireland’s largest natural gas business users. Vayu’s customer now includes companies such as IKEA, Tesco, Bulmers, FMC, eircom and Aerlingus among its growing client base.
In 2007, Naturgy launched its electricity supply business and has seen its market share double each year. International commodity group Glencore Xstrata is the largest shareholder in the business.
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