25 July 2016

Mayor of Barnsley helps celebrate Carlton bakery’s environmental achievements

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Linda Burgess, will be paying a special visit to the Premier Foods Carlton bakery today to officially open the site’s new shower facilities as well as plant a commemorative tree.

Having been crowned winner of the Contribution to Sustainable Travel-Organisation category at the national Modeshift Sustainable Travel Awards last year, Premier Foods Carlton has recently invested in new colleague shower facilities to help support its sustainable cycling scheme. 

The Modeshift Sustainable Travel Awards recognised the bakery’s sustainable cycling scheme initiated with the support of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. This included the construction of a new 40-bike cycle shelter equipped with solar powered LED security lighting, a cycle loan scheme enabling colleagues to loan a bike for free for a month, hosting free Dr Bike servicing and repair sessions, and creating an after work cycling club on site. 

And the new showers follow a Local Sustainable Transport Fund grant giving the site the resources to upgrade the shower facilities and encourage more people to cycle to work. 

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Sustainable Travel Officer, Suzy Smith, commented “Premier Foods has built up an excellent working partnership with the council over the last few years, and we were delighted to support Premier Foods with a grant of £10,000 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to build these showers”.

Mayor Burgess will also use her visit to the bakery to plan a commemorative tree to celebrate the site’s success at reducing its energy use by 7% last year as part of its Green Matters initiative. As a result of making these energy savings, Premier Foods will pay the Woodland Trust to plant additional trees to remove even more carbon from the atmosphere.

Lee Haughton, Premier Foods Company Environmental Management & Compliance Coordinator, added, “We’re honoured to have Mayor Burgess at our site to help us celebrate our achievements. At Premier Foods, we are committed to improving our environmental performance, and we’re proud of the efforts we’ve made to promote sustainable travel and energy reduction at our Carlton bakery, home to many of our nation’s favourite Mr Kipling cakes.”

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