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Wensleydale cheese to help heat 800 homes

Wensleydale cheese to help heat 800 homes

Published at 10:18am 18th June 2019. (Updated at 10:20am 18th June 2019)

A new partnership in the Yorkshire Dales will help produce energy...from Wensleydale cheese! 

  • The Wensleydale Creamery has teamed up with Iona Capital 
  • The new agreement will turn a by-product produced during the manufacture of cheese into green gas 
  • Using a process called anaerobic digestion, the venture will in turn produce 10,000 MWh of thermal power
  • That's enough power to heat 800 homes per year

The Wensleydale Creamery has teamed up with Iona Capital to produce over 10,000 MWh of energy per year from a by-product of cheese making.

Iona’s plant in North Yorkshire will turn whey permeate, a valuable by-product produced during the manufacturing of Wensleydale cheese, into nearly one million cubic meters of green gas.

Using a process called anaerobic digestion, the venture will in turn produce 10,000 MWh of thermal power, enough to heat 800 homes per year.

Mike Dunn, co-founder of Iona, said:

"Once we have converted the cheese by-product supplied by Wensleydale into sustainable green gas, we can feed what’s left at the end of the process onto neighbouring farmland to improve local topsoil quality.

"This shows the real impact of the circular economy and the part intelligent investment can play in reducing our CO2 emissions."

The Wensleydale Creamery’s managing director, David Hartley, commented on the partnership:

"We are delighted to be signing this agreement with Iona Capital and proud to be delivering sustainable environmental and economic benefits to our region.

"The whole process of converting local milk to premium cheese and then deriving environmental and economic benefit from the natural by-products is an essential part of our business plan as a proud rural business.

"It is only possible as a result of significant and continued investments in our Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes and to sign this agreement and have the opportunity to convert a valuable by-product of cheese making into energy that will power hundreds of homes across the region will be fantastic for everyone involved."