Irish energy supplier Energia has been awarded a €2.4m contract by Musgrave Group to supply green electricity to 12 major Musgrave sites throughout Ireland.
The deal involves an electricity requirement of approximately 22,000,000 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) and will save about 110,000 tonnes of CO2 and other harmful emissions from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent removal of over 30,000 cars from Irish roads.
Energia supplies power to businesses, commercial and industrial markets offering competitive prices and currently has a 25% market share of the business electricity market on an all-island basis.
The company will provide green power to two major Musgrave facilities in Cork including its group headquarters, two sites in Dublin, one in Galway, Musgrave's major distribution centre in Kilcock, Co Meath and several other facilities throughout Ireland.
"Musgrave Group is the only wholesale and retail food distributor in the country to operate an environmental policy, committing to measure environmental impact and to report results for company divisions and its independent franchise stores," read a statement from Energia.
"The company operates dedicated energy and natural resources management policies within its wider corporate responsibility programmes."
Musgrave group environmental executive John Curran said: "Our aim is to significantly reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from our buildings by focusing on energy management initiatives and the use of energy efficiency technology.
"Our new head office building in Cork has been designed and built with energy efficiency in mind and incorporates the latest in geothermal and solar energy systems.
"Electricity usage accounted for up to 58% of our carbon emissions footprint from 2002 to 2005, a figure which includes our UK facilities. In addition to green power deals which reduce environmental impact, we have targeted a 4% reduction in electricity usage throughout our building stock and are making strong progress towards our reduction goals."
Energia already supplies power to 500 Musgrave SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide including power generated from renewable resources.
The all-island power company recently entered into long term contracts with developers to underpin the construction of a further 15 new wind farms in Ireland with a combined capacity of 165 Megawatts (MW). The wind farms are due for completion between 2007 and 2009. The total estimated value of the contracts over their 15 year lives is some €550m.
Energia also provides power from the Viridian Group's 343MW power station at Huntstown in Dublin. The Viridian Group is currently investing in a second power plant at Huntstown which will bring its investment in the Irish market to €500m, providing around 17% of the State's total electricity requirements.
Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.