Yearsley Group invests another £3.5m in renewable energy

Yearsley Group, the UK’s largest cold storage and distribution provider, has installed solar panels at a further five of its cold stores in England.

The installations bring the group’s total use to 8,997 panels across 7 of its 13 depots, generating 1,753,000 kilowatt hours per annum with a total investment of £3.5m.

Yearsley Group, the UK’s largest cold storage and distribution provider, has installed solar panels at a further five of its cold stores in England. These installations bring the group’s total use to 8,997 panels across 7 of its 13 depots, generating 1,753,000 kilowatt hours per annum with a total investment of £3.5m.

This is part of the Group’s strategy to reduce its reliance on the national grid and increase the energy it obtains from renewable sources by 2015. Yearsley Group also has plans to install other renewable solutions like wind power at depots around the UK.

Harry Yearsley, managing director of Yearsley Group, said: “Cold storage by its nature requires a large energy input, so it makes sense to use the large exposed surface area of the warehouses to generate electricity. This also helps us to meet our carbon reduction commitments as part of our ISO 14001 environmental accreditation. Sustainability is very important within our business and carbon reduction is vital in both our warehouse and logistics operations. We have already implemented new management systems for reducing food miles and updated many of the cold stores with state-of-the-art insulation, but we know we can more and are heavily investing in moving this forward across our entire network of depots.”

Established in 1955 and with headquarters in Heywood, near Manchester, Yearsley has more than 1,200 employees, an annual turnover around £144m and operates two separate divisions, food sales and global logistics.

The food sales division wholesales a full range of frozen products to customers in retail, catering, public sector institutions and the export market. It also offers exclusive imported products under its Belfield brand. The logistics division is the country’s largest provider of cold storage and distribution, with customers including Heinz, Young’s and Brakes. With 13 depots across the UK, it offers a 320,000-pallet storage capacity for manufacturers and retailers in the frozen food sector, with a 300-strong fleet of temperature controlled vehicles providing three-day, next-day and just-in-time delivery options. It also now offers ambient and freight forwarding services.

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