Ice-cream factory goes green

The rising cost of ingredients, as a result of drought, convinced Sydney’s Serendipity ice cream to change to carbon-neutral energy, thus saving the company money, reducing its effects on the environment and removing it from the vicious circle of climate change.

Serendipity flicked the switch on 100% renewable energy for its Marrickville factory making it the first ice cream producer to be carbon neutral for electricity consumption (source: AGL Energy).

Sarah Mandelson, CEO and co-owner of Serendipity, says this move had been in the offing for some time.

“We felt we had to do something about reducing our emissions, and it was actually cheaper than our tariff for coal powered energy,” Mandelson said.

The move to accredited green energy was made more urgent by the effects of climate change — or drought — on the price of cream, which has risen by 20.5% in the last two quarters.

As a result of the significant cost increase in the company’s main ingredient, a price rise for the product is inevitable at some stage.

The small company is committed to finding other ways to reduce its impact on the environment, Mandelson asserted.

The use of renewable energy will save 1510 tonnes of CO2.

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