Energy savings worth their salt

Belfast company Walker Eurosalt has cut its energy costs and reduced its environmental impact thanks to a £188,000 Carbon Trust loan


Belfast company Walker Eurosalt has cut its energy costs and reduced its environmental impact thanks to a Carbon Trust loan of £188,000 funded by Invest Northern Ireland.


Walker Eurosalt processes and distributes salt, primarily for animal feeds, animal hide curing, water treatment and de-icing of roads and paths. The energy efficiency loan enabled the company to install improved salt drying equipment which has boosted output by 50 per cent.


The new machinery has enabled the company to reduce production costs by 25 per cent, while cutting its carbon output by over 50 tonnes per year. The firm has also dramatically reduced emissions of harmful salt particles generated in the treatment process.


Stephen McCann, operations manager of Walker Eurosalt, said: ‘We are always focussed on identifying cost savings, with energy being one of our primary overheads. It became clear that converting to more energy efficient machinery would deliver significant cost reductions, while also helping us to lessen our impact on the environment.


‘Invest NI funded an Energy Efficiency survey which highlighted specific ways in which we could reduce our energy usage. A significant investment was required in order to install the new production machinery, but the energy efficiency loan from Invest NI and the Carbon Trust was a great help.’