Arnott’s and XXXX go green thanks to Queensland sunshine

Arnott's TimTams and XXXX Gold beer
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Australians can enjoy their bikkies and beer a little more guilt-free after new renewable energy agreements were made between publicly owned Stanwell Corporation, Arnott’s Biscuits, Lightsource bp and XXXX Brewery.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the dual clean energy deals from the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan’s pipeline of renewable projects for the Arnott’s Biscuit factory in Virginia and Lion’s XXXX factory in Milton.

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“Arnott’s biscuits have been part of the fabric of Australian society for over 150 years, and an iconic Queensland manufacturer for the past 75 years,” the Premier said.

“As we transition towards a clean energy future under our Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, we know more and more businesses are wanting to decarbonise their operations and offer consumers products made with lower emissions.

“This eight-year deal for over 68GWh of renewable energy means Arnott’s are avoiding over 44,500 tonnes of CO2-e, the equivalent of taking 15,000 cars off the road.

“This deal, which will mean Arnott’s will be 100% renewable by 2029, will help secure their business, and the jobs of their workers, as we move towards a net zero economy.”

Queensland’s own XXXX beer will be brewed using 100% renewable electricity after an agreement to power the iconic XXXX brewery at Milton with electricity from the Woolooga Solar Farm.

XXXX Brewery, through its owner Lion, signed a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to procure 100% renewable electricity from the Lightsource bp solar farm in Woolooga, QLD.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan gave businesses confidence to invest in decarbonisation.

“An increasing number of companies want to decarbonise their operations and offer consumers low-emission products, made in Queensland,” Miles said.

“The pipeline of renewable projects in the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan means we will continue to see more and more companies make the transition and lower emissions.

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“With the PPA in place, Lion has reached their target of 100% purchased renewable electricity by 2025 in Australia, two years ahead of schedule. And they’re Australia’s first large scale carbon neutral brewer.”

“Milton mangos will now be solar powered by Queensland sunshine.”

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