Air source heat pump
Grampian Growers are committed to improving our sustainability through our everyday and long-term business practices. At Grampian Growers we understand that sustainability is achieved through an integrated business approach and we look to apply this to all sectors of our operations.
Investment in renewable energy started with our 150 kW solar panel installation with plans to install an additional 200 kW in the future. These run at over 80% efficiency, utilising 100% of the energy produced. We have also recently installed Renewable Energy Optimisation software whereby our cold stores will work harder when the solar panels are producing enough energy and when the solar generation is low, energy used from the grid can be minimised.
Our new office building and car park have been upgraded with sustainability in mind. The office has an air source heat pump which provides heating to the building whilst incorporating natural ventilation into the design of the office to mitigate the need for carbon emitting air conditioning. Our new car park now includes two EV chargers with another one to be installed this year as we now have 3 hybrid company vehicles.
100% of our members have their own renewables on farm and are also committed to reducing their carbon footprint. Many have turbines, AD plants, solar panels and biomass. As a co-op we are now looking at the feasibility of green hydrogen and revalorisng waste products.
However, our sustainability policy goes well beyond renewable energy. Grampian Growers are members of several accreditation schemes operated within the agricultural and food production industry to safeguard its sustainable future. Schemes such as SEDEX, Assured Produce/Red Tractor and Safe Haven are among the full memberships Grampian Growers holds along with numerous others recognised by the major retailers in the UK.
As a co-operative, we are committed to benefiting the local community through regular interaction. As well as our environmental policy, Grampian Growers regularly opens its doors to local educational facilities and groups to help them learn about our role in the community. We also host the annual Young Grampian Grower competition with local primary schools in conjunction with the Fettercairn Show where primary pupils grow their own potatoes which are then boiled and served at the show with prizes for the heaviest crop.