Sheffield Irn-Bru factory to go green after striking wind power deal

A Sheffield-based Irn-Bru factory is to ditch fossil fuels and go green after striking a deal to be run on wind power.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 4:37 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 1:49 pm

AG Barr, which produces Scotland’s “other national drink” and which has a a factory in Orgreave Road, Sheffield, will introduce fossil-free electricity to power its operations across the UK following a deal with Vattenfall.

The 10-year contract will provide 100% renewable electricity to AG Barr sites including factories in Cumbernauld and Milton Keynes, and regional sites in Forfar, Bolton, Newcastle, Sheffield, West Midlands and Manchester.

Vattenfall will supply AG Barr with 22GWh per year from wind farms in the UK – the equivalent electricity used by 6,000 UK homes annually.

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AG Barr Chief Executive Roger White at the company's factory in Cumbernauld. Photo: Stewart Attwood/AG Barr/PA Wire

Roger White, chief executive of AG Barr, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to innovate and we’re excited to work with Vattenfall, who specialise in doing things differently.

“Introducing 100% renewable electricity across all our UK sites is a big step towards reducing our carbon footprint and delivering our ambitious sustainable business goals.”

Danielle Lane, UK country manager at Vattenfall, said: “Our goal is to make a life free from fossil fuel possible for our customers and we are delighted to provide AG Barr with a long-term supply of home-grown renewable energy.

“We are seeing more and more companies looking to secure fossil free power for their business as they work towards net-zero carbon emissions.”

Barr’s Iron Brew, as it was then known, was officially launched in the UK in 1901. It became Irn Bru in 1948.