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Arnott’s Brisbane factory to be powered by renewables under new, long-term agreement

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The Arnott’s Group and Stanwell Corporation have announced an eight-year agreement on renewable energy for the biscuit maker’s 40,000 square metre site in Brisbane’s north.

The government-owned power company, Stanwell, would provide over 68 gigawatt hours of renewable energy and avoid the creation of over 44,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 15,000 cars off the road – said state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Thursday.

The site employs over 600 people, runs eight product lines and three packaging lines. It has been running for more than three decades, said Arnott’s Group CEO George Zoghbi, and the new agreement covering it would put the company ahead of target for its net-zero goals.

“This is an exciting partnership that will enable us to transition the way we source electricity for our Virginia site and significantly reduce our environmental impact,” said Zoghbi.

The Queensland government said the electricity would come via its Energy and Jobs Plan’s pipeline of renewable projects.

“This deal, which will mean Arnott’s will be 100% renewable by 2029, will help secure their business, and the jobs of their workers, as we move towards a net zero economy,” Palaszczuk added.

Picture: credit CRN Australia

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