Some family farmers in South East Ireland are facing insufficient income levels as well as being dependent on one source of revenue. They could generate income from forestry and biomass production, but lack access to investment and do not have the expertise to develop this alternative source of income.
Nutricia Ireland has invested in a biomass boiler to optimize energy use and reduce CO2 emissions at its plant. It now needs local, competitive biomass suppliers.
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Nutricia Ireland and Kilkenny Leader Partnership is promoting local biomass production through the creation of 5 biomass producer groups. A local network is also being set up to facilitate access to expertise, encourage sharing of best practice, and foster cooperation through shared investment to reach critical mass.
Social & business impacts
The project creates full time jobs within the producers groups, empowers farmers and increases their revenues.
Nutricia secures part of its biomass supply, reduces energy expenses and enhances its reputation locally as a socially and environmentally responsible company.
This alternative source of energy is reducing CO2 emissions to combat climate change.