Unox has launched Net Zero E-miXion 2030, a new multi-million-pound action plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its global business by 2030.
The 10-step strategy includes the introduction of electric vehicles, biogas trucks, on-site renewable energy generation, utilising fully recyclable packaging and the use of green materials in all factories.
Plans are underway to create additional state of the art factories in Padova, Italy, running on clean energy due to the inclusion of geothermic heat pumps and solar panels.
By 2030 the business is hoping to produce 3.75MWh of electricity per year with solar panels to compensate for the current fossil fuel consumption. By that point, Unox factories are expected to collectively consume 4.2GWh per year, plus 42,000metres3 of natural gas will be required to heat its factories and offices.
Working with Padova University, Unox is planting high oxygen-producing plants on the factory development site to produce an ‘oxygen factory’, which will remain in place while work progresses to complete the new factory by 2027.
Scott Duncan, MD of Unox UK, said: “We already have in place a number of mitigation techniques to reduce emissions across the global Unox business, but we recognise that we need to do more if we are to achieve net zero by 2030. This project sets out those additional measures, which include significant investments in carbon removal technologies to help achieve our goal.
“Efficiency is at the core of our product development, helping our customers to achieve their sustainability goals through innovative products which are Energy Star certified and packed with features to help operators improve efficiency and reduce energy costs in the kitchen.
“However, sustainable performance in 2021 goes beyond purchasing energy efficient products. It is vital for operators to demonstrate sustainability throughout their supply chain and that includes working with suppliers who are committed to reducing their own emissions across the business. We all have a part to play and E-miXion 2030 is our plan to ensure Unox leads the field in that respect.”
Moving forward, Unox trucks will be powered by hydrogen. Plus the manufacturer took delivery of three Teslas in March, and the company fleet will gradually be replaced with full electric vehicles. There are already nine electric charging stations at Unox headquarters.