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May 20, 2009

Local Bottling Plant to Become More Energy Efficient

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 friendly."

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 us all."

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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Media contacts:

Melony OíNeill
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
709-729-2575, 689-0928
Gary Williams
Manager, Plant Operations
Browning Harvey Limited


2009 05 20                                                     1:35 p.m.

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