20th July 2024

Whether or not you want espresso or tea, the morning cuppa with a biscuit of alternative is a part of Australia’s tradition. Maybe simply as intrinsic as beer*. Or possibly not. Anyway, the primary producer of biscuits in Australia, Arnott’s, has made a significant transfer in the direction of inexperienced power. That’s proper, Arnott’s goes to be making inexperienced biscuits — 40 million kilograms a 12 months of inexperienced biscuits. It will likely be like including one other 15,000 Teslas to Queensland roads.

Arnott’s group operates a 40,000 sq. meter manufacturing facility in Virginia, Queensland. Simply down the highway, I drive previous it on the best way into town of Brisbane. The manufacturing facility runs eight product strains and three packaging strains, and employs greater than 600 individuals. It was straightforward to come out and get an image of the corporate that brings a lot consolation to individuals’s lives. 

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No inexperienced biscuits for Tess on a Sunday. Photograph courtesy Majella Waterworth

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No inexperienced biscuits for our Tesla on a Sunday. Photograph courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

In fact, the politicians needed to become involved. Wherever there’s a child to be kissed, a bridge to be opened, or on this case a free drink and a bikkie:

“Arnott’s biscuits have been a part of the material of Australian society for over 150 years, and an iconic Queensland producer for the previous 75 years,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned. “As we transition in the direction of a clear power future underneath our Queensland Power and Jobs Plan, we all know increasingly companies are eager to decarbonise their operations and provide customers merchandise made with decrease emissions.”

The Queensland authorities is planning for 80% of the state’s electrical energy demand to be met from inexperienced sources by 2035 utilizing a mix of hydropower, wind, and photo voltaic farms. Photo voltaic is effectively superior, wind is beginning to take off, and there are plans to make use of batteries and pumped hydro to retailer the surplus. In the course of the day, Queensland is already producing half of its energy wants from photo voltaic. By 2040, the state is anticipated to have 10 instances extra renewable power obtainable.

“This eight-year deal for over 68GWh of renewable power means Arnott’s are avoiding over 44,500 tonnes of CO2-e, the equal of taking 15,000 automobiles off the highway,” the Queensland authorities states.

“This deal, which can imply Arnott’s will likely be 100% renewable by 2029, will assist safe their enterprise, and the roles of their staff, as we transfer in the direction of a internet zero financial system.”

In addition to energy coming from Stanwell’s in depth portfolio of utility-sized photo voltaic farms, Arnott’s can be protecting its manufacturing facility rooftops with photo voltaic panels — 1.Three MW of panels in Brisbane. Sydney-based CleanPeak will set up techniques at Virginia and in addition on the firm’s manufacturing facility in Sydney. This will likely be a complete of over 10,000 photo voltaic panels throughout each websites.

“The Arnott’s Group Chief Government Officer, George Zoghbi, mentioned the renewable electrical energy settlement is the most recent in a sequence of daring renewable initiatives throughout its Australian websites, that can enable it to speed up its progress towards its internet zero commitments forward of goal.”

“We’ve been manufacturing biscuits in Queensland since 1949 and at our Virginia website for greater than 30 years. This thrilling partnership will allow us to transition the best way we supply electrical energy for our Virginia website and considerably scale back our environmental influence,” he mentioned.

Cameron Dick, Queensland’s Treasurer and Minister for Commerce mentioned that “Arnott’s had a primary mover benefit in a market the place customers are demanding decrease emissions merchandise.”

“We all know that customers are demanding motion on local weather, together with on retail choices, so now Arnott’s merchandise are usually not solely made for locals, by locals, however are the biscuit of alternative for the emissions and local weather acutely aware,” Power, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni mentioned.

Stanwell, historically a significant provider of coal-fired power technology, is shifting quickly to renewables with a various technology portfolio. They’ve even put in EV chargers in rural cities that host their operations — like Kingaroy. Their pipeline of initiatives totals 2.1 GW.

“This in depth pipeline of renewable power initiatives signifies that we are able to broaden our renewable choices for patrons as Stanwell turns into a diversified and renewable power supplier,” Stanwell tells us.

Stanwell will provide over 68 GWh of renewable power to Arnott’s, avoiding over 44,500 tonnes of CO2. That is equal to swapping 15,000 fossil fuelled automobiles for battery electrical autos or planting 2,920 hectares of forest.

Arnott’s Group has manufacturing websites in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia in addition to New Zealand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, using about 3,500 individuals. I’m trying ahead to additional information as photo voltaic is rolled out at these websites and increasingly biscuits go inexperienced.

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My favorite – Tim Tams. You possibly can suck your espresso by way of them. Photograph courtesy Ken Evans.

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My favorite — Tim Tams. You possibly can suck your espresso by way of them. Photograph courtesy of Ken Evans.

So, no matter your favorite: Tim Tams, Monte Carlo, Scotch Finger, or Kingstons, you may get pleasure from a biscuit along with your morning espresso (or within the night with a superb whiskey) with the satisfaction of realizing it was made with inexperienced power. Saving the planet one Tim Tam at a time. Now, to work on all that plastic packaging….

Word that we even have inexperienced beer.

 


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