Support of $262,000 from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund
will assist the Browning Harvey bottling facility in St. Johnís with the
installation of an integrated management system to help reduce energy
requirements in its manufacturing process.
"This project to upgrade the manufacturing process with high
efficiency and integrated heat recovery systems is a wonderful
opportunity to demonstrate energy efficiency technology and the
subsequent reductions of greenhouse gases," said the Honourable Clyde
Jackman, acting Minister of Environment and Conservation. "I am very
pleased that we are helping a company that has been part of the local
business landscape for a long time to become more environmentally
The proposal involves using the waste energy to heat the interior of
the bottling plant on Ropewalk Lane, St. Johnís, thereby reducing the
energy costs for space heating. Additionally, the old heating and
ventilation system, as well as the water chiller, will be replaced with
a single set of shared air source heat pumps. As a result of these
energy efficient upgrades, it is estimated that greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions will be reduced by 660 tonnes per year.
"Our management philosophy, as a local manufacturer, includes a
commitment to environmental sustainability," said Gary Williams, Manager
of Plant Operations, Browning Harvey Limited. "Since 2000, we have
implemented operational enhancements, improving electricity and fossil
fuel consumption. This project to upgrade the manufacturing process with
high efficiency and integrated heat recovery systems provides an
innovative solution for sustainable greenhouse gas reduction."
Browning Harvey Limited is a manufacturer and distributor of
beverages in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company is locally owned and
is the only soft-drink bottler in the province. It has been in operation
for 150 years, and employs 140 full-time staff and 50 part-time staff.
"More and more, the business community in Newfoundland and Labrador
is doing its part to help the environment and implement measures that
contribute toward our sustainability," said Minister Jackman. "It is
inspiring to see that companies are recognizing that we must make the
necessary changes to adapt to the climate change reality which is facing
Funding for the project comes from the Newfoundland and Labrador
Green Fund, a three-year, $25 million program which is supported by both
the federal and provincial governments. This funding is to support
projects geared toward environmental sustainability and provide real
reductions in GHG emissions.
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