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Clean energy start

A NEW beverage manufacturing facility at Swanbank, Ipswich has secured a clean energy start after owner Frucor Suntory signed an agreement with publicly owned company CleanCo.

The $400 million facility will be Frucor Suntory’s first facility in Australia and will be powered by 11GWh of publicly owned renewable energy.

Under the agreement, CleanCo will supply electricity and large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) covering 100 percent of Frucor’s electricity requirements.

CleanCo CEO Tom Metcalfe said his company is proud to be able to provide sustainable, competitively priced clean energy solutions to support large commercial customers to thrive in a net zero future.

“CleanCo is proud to provide our customers sustainable retail products, helping to attract large commercial and industrial businesses to Queensland and support them on their decarbonisation journeys,” he said.

A company spokesperson said the new facility will set a benchmark for sustainable investment.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said some of Australia’s favourite beverages will soon be manufactured using renewable energy in Queensland.

“It’s the Queensland Government that attracted Frucor Suntory to the state through our programs that support significant, job-creating private sector investment projects,” he said.

“Matched by our investments in renewable energy, we’re directly reducing embedded emissions in products manufactured in Queensland, meaning our industries remain highly competitive in the global marketplace and that equals job security.”

The new facility is due to be opened in mid-2024.

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