Manchester, NH — Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc. has launched a comprehensive three year energy-savings strategy that will conserve nearly 3.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, according to utility provider Eversource Energy, which partnered with the candymaker on the project.
Lindt USA has set the goal of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent annually. The new program is expected to cut the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tons per year, or the equivalent of powering 420 homes for a year, according to Eversource.
“With the state of New Hampshire adding new resources to make energy efficiency a top priority in the coming years, Lindt USA is leading the charge for businesses across the state,” says Tilak Subrahmanian, vice-president of energy efficiency for Eversource. “We are excited to collaborate with Lindt USA as we work together to cut operating costs and contribute to a cleaner and healthier state environment.”
The project, which began with the utility company analyzing plant data to develop a plan, includes the installation of an energy-efficient central chiller plant and rooftop cooling units, a waste water heat recovery system, state-of-the-art ventilation, and LED lighting and controls throughout the facility.
“Working with Eversource, we developed a comprehensive and cost-effective strategy to make a significant and meaningful reduction in energy use at our production facility,” says Davide Nico, vice-president of operations at Lindt Chocolates USA. “During the next few years, we will complete a number of renovations and construction projects that will enhance the efficiency of our processes, complement our ongoing sustainability efforts and help to lower our energy costs.”