Greener carpets from Ulster thanks to Power NI switch

Ulster Carpets’ procurement manager Adam Stevenson (left) health, safety and environment manager Eddie Ruddell with Power NI’s commercial marketing manager Amy Bennington

ULSTER Carpets' products will now be a little bit greener thanks to a new agreement with Power NI.

The premier supplier of Axminster and Wilton carpets to the world market has just switched to a new ‘Green Energy' contract from Power NI which will see its manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Portadown supplied with green energy generated by local, renewable sources.

Eddie Ruddell, health, safety and environment manager at Ulster Carpets, said: “We've always had an ethos of sustainability and invested in key strategic innovations to maintain local jobs, create a premium product and export globally to some of the most luxurious establishments in hospitality.

“We have a responsibility to steward our people and planet well, and our latest strategic move in sustainability has been to partner with Power NI to procure 100 per cent green electricity for our Northern Ireland operations.

“This commitment has been forecast to reduce our carbon footprint by over 950 tonnes per year - a key step in moving to decarbonise our manufacturing operations.”

Power NI supplies around 40,000 businesses across the north with more than 150GWh of that electricity provided as Green Energy.

Its parent company Energia Group has so far invested over €1 billion in the energy market across Ireland, focusing on the core segments of renewables, flexible generation and customer solutions.

Amy Bennington, commercial marketing manager at Power NI, said: “We are committed to transforming how our customers use and generate energy, in a way that has a positive and sustainable impact on the environment.

“We are delighted to supply Ulster Carpets with Green Energy which would be the equivalent of powering over 1,000 average homes in Northern Ireland for a year.”

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