Variety of businesses receive clean energy funding

Simpsons Malt Ltd’s Tweed Valley Maltings headquarters in Berwick-upon-Tweed

Nearly £46 million has been awarded to 26 businesses to enable the switch to cleaner, home-grown energy.

One of the recipients is Tweed Valley Maltings in Northumberland, which has been the headquarters of Simpsons Malt since 1963. The funding will help them establish a low carbon energy centre with AMP Clean Energy – with the help of a wind powered electric boiler, the facility at Simpsons Malt will cut bills and reduce emissions.

Others to receive funding include:

  • Danfoss, who is testing a pump and motor system in an excavator at an Edinburgh quarry, improving energy efficiency and supporting the transition to electric off-road vehicles;
  • Digital Realty, who will be upgrading coolers in its data halls, switching to more efficient chillers to help cut energy consumption.

They are the winners of three government competitions: the Red Diesel Replacement Competition, the Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Competition and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, which supports the development and deployment of technologies that enable businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future.

Minister for Energy Consumers and Affordability Amanda Solloway said:

As we continue towards our goal of reaching net zero by 2050, we want to ensure businesses have all the support they need to power our transition to a cleaner, cheaper energy system.

Our funding will support ground-breaking projects in malting, construction and manufacturing so businesses can incorporate green energy into their day-to-day operations.

Steven Rowley, Operations Director at Simpsons Malt Limited, said:

We are committed to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment and operating this Energy Centre at our Tweed Valley Maltings will be an important step in our objective of achieving net zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030, giving us a group reduction of around 55%

As a result, the malt that leaves our Tweed Valley Maltings – 90% of which is destined for the distilling industry – will have a significantly reduced carbon footprint, helping our distilling customers deliver on their own sustainability objectives while also positively impacting the sector as a whole.