British Sugar Showcase

British Sugar are the leading producer of sugar for the British and Irish food and beverage markets, processing around eight million tonnes of sugar beet and producing up to 1.2 million tonnes of sugar each year. 

British Sugar, as part of the ABF Sugar division, has targetted to reduce their carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.

Newark British Sugar Factory Photo

Phillip McNaughton, Head of Decarbonisation at British Sugar, said: “Over the past 40 years, we’ve maintained a steady focus, day-in-day-out, on making the big and small changes across our business to boost energy efficiency wherever we can. Today, our Wissington factory requires around half the energy needed to produce one tonne of sugar 40 years ago. And, across British Sugar, we have reduced our energy consumption per tonne by 48%. This is thanks to continued focus on innovation, investment and finding ways to boost energy efficiency and fuel switching.”

Phillip continues: “For full decarbonisation, availability of renewable sources of energy (i.e. fuel) in dispersed industrial locations, with sufficient supply capacity and distribution is going to be critical, and Sspecifically decarbonisation of heat will be the most significant challenge as we move towards net zero. Understanding the longer-term trajectory of UK Government’s renewable energy and net zero policies are key to industrial success in decarbonisation to future proof our operations.

We are excited to be part of East Midlands Hydrogen as hydrogen is a potentially very real option for our decarbonisation plans and for our operations moving forward.”