Island Seafoods Limited was established in 1986, located just outside the village of Killybegs. Its products range from mackerel, herring, sprat and blue whiting exporting to various countries including Africa, Japan, Russia and mainland Europe. Through their brand “Atlantic Treasures” they also supply multiples with their range of added value mackerel, herring and salmon.
Island Seafoods has looked at improving the efficiencies within their plant, and reducing their energy and water requirements. In 2009 6 key improvements were made, and these have contributed to a reduction of 200 MWh per annum, and a reduction of 205 t of carbon emissions. The first part of this improvement plan involved installing an online monitoring and targeting system. This allowed identification of electrical loads and profiles and as other improvements were made these were quantified.
In 2007 Island Seafoods commissioned a hydroelectric power plant that generates 700MW of electricity each year (60% of the factory’s annual consumption, 350 t carbon emissions offset yearly).
Goals for the Future
As part of its work towards a Sustainability Charter for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Programme, Island Seafoods is currently working with GreenBusiness to further reduce their environmental impacts.
Some of the key areas Island Seafoods are looking at include:
• Further reducing electrical demand in the blast freezes and chills by switching from MH lights to LEDs
• Reducing water use through improved cleaning practices
• Designing heat recovery system which will take heat from current refrigeration system (cooling tower) and preheat water for use throughout the site (currently heated by immersion)
Island Seafoods aims to become electrically self sufficient, through reducing electrical demand as much as possible, and installing a wind turbine to make up the shortfall that currently exists between what the hydro plant generates and what the factory uses. With this vision of sustainability now ingrained within the business, Island Seafoods is an example of how this important indigenous sector can progress towards a better and greener way of working.