Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 4
Spotlight Target Area: Energy
Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese and the attached Lonergan Farm have been members of the Origin Green programme since 2017and are committed to monitoring and improving the company’s overall environmental impact. This is being driven by a five year sustainability plan running to the year 2021 with clear and time bound targets firmly in place to meet this ambition.
Throughout 2019, Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese performed strongly, exceeding its targets in both the energy and community engagement areas. Within the energy area, the company has showcased a strong commitment to energy management.
Driven by owner Eamonn Lonergan, the Knockanore team have achieved a reduction in electricity usage by 22% since the year 2016 on a per unit basis and surpassed its 2019 electricity usage target by 20%. The company has also reduced its usage of gas oil by 28% since the year 2016 and was 26% ahead of target in 2019. These achievements can be attributed to a robust monitoring programme within the company.
Future-proofing with Solar
In 2019, the company also set about future proofing its use of energy and becoming self-sufficient by applying for an SEAI grant for PV Solar Panels in its cheese production building and again, it anticipates that further savings will follow.
As an artisan producer, Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese demonstrates that regardless of size, a strong energy management strategy not only benefits the environment but can yield significant cost savings for a company’s bottom line. Ultimately, the company’s ambition is to continue to reduce energy costs and also overall carbon emissions, with a goal to reduce emissions by approximately 8 tonnes a year between the farm and cheese business by 2021.
“What we are trying to do at Knockanore is grow a business that is sustainable for the next generation whilst caring for our animals, locality and environment. ”