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Cavendish Farms to reduce GHG emissions


April 20, 2011
By Fruit & Vegetable

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April 18, 2011,
Charlottetown, PEI – Cavendish Farms will invest in new technology to use more
cost-effective natural gas and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions at the New Annan plant.

April 18, 2011,
Charlottetown, PEI – Cavendish Farms will invest in new technology to use more
cost-effective natural gas and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions at the New Annan plant.

“As with our investment
in biogas, we are always looking to reduce our carbon footprint while making
our plant more competitive,“ said Robert Irving, president of Cavendish Farms.
“We are looking to eliminate the use of 29 million litres per year of heavy oil
while achieving a 30 per cent reduction in energy costs and a 28 per cent
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with natural gas. This helps secure good
paying manufacturing jobs on the Island. The move to natural gas is good for
the business and good for the environment. We appreciate the province’s support
of this investment in cleaner air and energy efficiency with a repayable loan
of $15 million for a five-year term.”

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Cavendish Farms will now
invest in constructing the receiving station for natural gas truck deliveries.
This construction will generate 35,000 person hours of work. When completed, it
is estimated that eight to 10 new jobs will be created by the move to natural
gas.

The company expects to
begin using natural gas in December 2011.