The Detmold Group, a food packaging manufacturing company, has begun to make the switch to renewable energy with the installation of a solar panel system at its Regency Park facility.
The project is part of the company’s commitment to introduce solar energy to at least one new facility each year for the next three years.
The new 99 kW 243-panel system is comprised of PV Modules from Australia’s only solar panel manufacturer Tindo Solar.
“Supporting another great South Australian manufacturer to reduce its carbon emissions and hit its renewable energy targets is an incredibly proud moment for Tindo Solar,” said Richard Petterson, CEO of Tindo Solar. “Australian Manufacturers have a hard time, with offshore supply chains dominating our industry, it is vital that we also support local jobs and keep manufacturing jobs in Australia.”
Sascha Detmold Cox, CEO of the Detmold Group, said the new system is designed to prevent 81 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released each year and cut 35 per cent of the site’s carbon emissions annually.
Over its lifetime, the solar system is expected to reduce emissions equivalent to that produced by 1,724 long-haul flights and would have the same environmental benefit as planting 15,485 trees.
“Every effort counts, and we’ll be increasing our use of renewables annually to not only meet or exceed our own sustainability targets, but to contribute to global reductions,” Detmold Cox said.
The CEO said the Detmold Group is focused on preserving natural resources to eliminate waste from the environment and reduce emissions as part of its sustainability goals.
As part of its objectives, the company has also committed to applying Sustainable Packaging Guidelines to all of its products by 2025 and diverting 95 per cent of waste from landfill across all production facilities.
Furthermore, the company seeks to ensure that 80 per cent of the fibre used will be forestry-certified or contain recycled content.
“Using recycled or renewable materials, particularly in food packaging, is becoming a growing priority for consumers and businesses,” Detmold Cox said.
“The same applies for medical products and other packaging. We are working towards being a market leader in more than just packaging – it’s about how we manufacture our products and present them to markets here and internationally.”