Consumer Council Water Champion Moy Park cock a hoop after making £135,000 saving on its water bill

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Moy Park is celebrating after receiving the Consumer Council’s Water Champion award. The accolade was given in recognition of the food company’s efforts to reduce its water use equivalent to 52 Olympic-sized swimming pools which led to savings of over £135,000.

Over the past few years, Moy Park has achieved this substantial reduction in water consumption by amongst other measures; appointing environmental champions at its three sites, using recycled water to wash lorries and outdoor areas at its Dungannon site and using technology to help monitor water use.Moy staff are pictured with Consumer Council Staff Member with their Water Champions Award in front of Moy Park sign

Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR Director Europe explains how the results were achieved; “Reducing our environmental impact is extremely important to Moy Park and achieving such a reduction in water usage further demonstrates our commitment to sustainable best practice.   By closely monitoring the water used throughout the production process, targeting investment and implementing behavioural and cultural changes across the entire business we have not only made significant savings but have enhanced our green credentials.”

Mike continues; “We intend to continue this work and are part of the Federation House Commitment by the food and drink industry which aims to contribute to a reduction in its overall water usage by 20 per cent by the year 2020.”

Speaking about Moy Park’s success Graham Smith Consumer Council Interim Head of Policy (Water) said; “We are delighted that Moy Park has become our latest Water Champion. This is an incredible effort which has led to a substantial saving.

“Moy Park joins a growing list of Water Champions who are making a real difference to both the environment and their water bills with the measures they are taking to reduce water consumption. This really highlights the importance of making even small changes which can add up to big savings; crucial for any modern business. We would encourage all businesses, big and small to contact the Consumer Council for ideas on how to make savings or to find out more about bills and allowances,” said Graham.

The Consumer Council also has a range of online resources to help non domestic water users check allowances and usage.  Additionally it provides a free complaints service for those dissatisfied with a response from a utility provider.

For further details about ‘Water Champions’ or for a free copy of ‘Every Drop Counts’; a guide for businesses and farms to improve their water efficiency, visit: www.consumercouncil.org.uk/water/champions-/ telephone 0800 121 6022 or find us on twitter (@ConsumerCouncil) or facebook (Consumer Council Northern Ireland).

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