Truck company wins award for turning unwanted groceries from supermarkets into fuel

A TRANSPORT company that runs its trucks and electrical appliances on food waste from Lidl stores is among this year’s winners of the Sustainable Energy Agency’s annual award.

cCulla Ireland, a purely island based company, uses anaerobic digestion to turn food waste collected from supermarkets into biomethane gas for its trucks and electricity for the rest of its business.

The company was among 12 winners of the awards, which recognize businesses, community groups, public sector teams and individuals who have made outstanding strides in reducing energy use and carbon emissions and helping spread the word about why .

The awards are administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and seek evidence from participants of real on-site impacts in their day-to-day operations.

A shortlist of 37 finalists was drawn from 107 entries with projects that together achieve energy savings of 36 million euros.

At the awards ceremony, Environment Secretary Eamon Ryan said they were evidence of a growing commitment to sustainability in all sectors of society.

“They are showing this commitment because it’s good for our environment, but it’s also good for business and makes sense for thriving communities and organizations,” he said.

“These finalists are a sign of enthusiasm and interest in tackling climate change and making Ireland a better place to live, network and do business.”

William Walsh, Managing Director of SEAI, said the winners were extremely inspiring.

“The scale of the changes required requires role models who demonstrate the highest levels of motivation and innovation,” he said.

“I encourage them to share their travels and expertise and inspire further action.”

University College Cork won two awards, for Best Energy Team, which recognizes employees who drive sustainability projects in their workplace, and for excellence in energy research and innovation.


SEAI’s Margie McCarthy presents UCC’s Mark Poland, who won the top prize for Energy Team of the Year at the SEAI Energy Awards. Image: Naoise Culhane

Dublin’s Wren Urban Nest Hotel was awarded Best Building, Bus Eireann was awarded Best Public Sector Participant and Corca Dhuibhne/Dingle Peninsula Sustainable Energy Community received the Energy Community Award.

Other winners included multinational Johnson & Johnson, which has the world’s largest contact lens manufacturing facility in Limerick, and small graphic design company The Factory in Offaly.

15 year old Heather Doyle of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary was named Young Energy Champion and Dr. Val Cummins won for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy.

SOLA Energy Solutions was recognized for its work in energy modernization of residential buildings and Veolia won for innovative use of renewable energy through the use of advanced anaerobic digestion technology in wastewater treatment plants. Truck company wins award for turning unwanted groceries from supermarkets into fuel

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