AN eco-friendly company is leading the way for other businesses in the area in using the environment sustainably.
Muntons Malt, Jewison Lane, Bridlington, are a provider of malt to the brewing and food industry, and are currently rated number 13 in the Sunday Times Green Companies List.
They recognise the economic, social and environmental benefits of low-carbon operation and are representative of the Local Nature Partnerships (LNP) initiative, put into place by the government across Hull and East Riding.
The LNP aims to get businesses and communities to take an integrated approach when managing the ecosystems around them, and to consider how careful treatment of nature can lead to long-term benefits.
Tim Wakeley, compliance manager at Muntons Malt, said: “We have always taken a big interest in our impact on the environment and we like to take our business forward sustainably.”
Mr Wakeley said the business has improved energy-efficiency in their supply chain, setting up a low carbon malt supply chain, in which waste products from the malting process is given to farmers to put on their fields for their water-retaining qualities.
He said: “We have got to be sensible and responsible to ensure a business future as the population of the world expands and there is more demand for land.
“The Local Nature Partnerships are an excellent initiative, and will hopefully go forward in promoting the local nature.”
A spokesperson for East Riding council, said: “A green and growing economy is one which not only uses natural capital in a responsible and fair way, but also contributes to improving it.”
The North Bank Local Enterprise Partnership, a sub-division of the Hull and East Riding LNP, has highlighted priorities for the area, including using the ecosystem to promote tourism in the area.
The council stressed businesses must assess how dependant they are on the services provided by the ecosystem, and manage their dependency sustainably.