Spotlight Target Area: Energy / Emissions Durrus Cheese aim to create a superior handmade product fashioned from the finest quality local milk. Its gentle cheese making practices continually aim at harnessing what is natural – the flavours of the grass-fed milk, the natural moulds and yeasts of its unspoilt environment – in order to create a unique product that reflects the environment from which it derives. In the process of creating the cheeses, the company constantly aim to add to and enhance its environment rather than detract anything from its unspoilt nature. From this perspective, the company’s current sustainability plan (2016-2020) aims to fully embrace this ethos and this is demonstrated by the company’s strong performance throughout 2020, achieving an exemplary performance across the areas of energy, waste and community engagement. With the energy area, Durrus Cheese set a target to reduce electricity usage per unit output by 15% over the course of its plan. The company has performed exceptionally well in reducing electricity usage onsite, achieving a reduction in electricity usage of over 30% since the inception of its plan in 2016. This exemplary progress has been a result of a number of initiatives over the past five years, including; the replacement of old compressors and equipment, motion activated light sources and the recent installation of solar panels to further futureproof its energy needs.