Today we received our Bord Bia Origin Green certificate. The culmination of a lot of planning and hard work, but well worth it. But this is only the beginning of the story. Setting manageable targets, while not easy, is just a plan. Implementing that plan takes the real effort.
The Bretzel has always tried to be green: we have electric delivery vehicles, we do not package our retail bread so there is no plastic or cellophane to dispose of, we make our bread mainly by hand so fewer machines to eat up energy. Sustainability is about more than having special light bulbs and a bag for life. We all agree the planet is in trouble and businesses have a responsibility to minimise their impact on the environment.
The Origin Green programme has made us focus on where we need to make the changes that will have real implications not only for the environment but for the very sustainability of the business.
One of the stumbling blocks we found was that some of our energy use and waste was difficult to quantify. We teamed up with Cognition who introduced us to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Cognition helps manufacturers reduce their energy and production costs and increase compliance using their analytics platform, Cognition World. Cognition deployed dozens of IoT data-capture sensors in the Bretzel, which feed real-time production information into Cognition’s analytics platform.
This helps us get smarter in how we operate and as we learn, we bake better bread. We can see clearly where changes can be made to production processes that make them more efficient and reduce operational costs. And it’s helping us to realise our sustainability targets as well. Smart.
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