Hundreds of homes in Yorkshire will be powered by a waste product of cheese.

The Wensleydale Creamery will supply whey permeate, a valuable by-product produced during the manufacturing of the world-famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, to Iona Capital’s Leeming Biogas plant part of a new feedstock agreement.

Using a process called anaerobic digestion, the venture will produce 10,000MWh of thermal power, enough to heat 800 homes per year.

Mike Dunn, co-founder of Iona, said, “This partnership with Wensleydale not only shows how we are turning waste food products into useful energy for homes and business, but also our commitment to Yorkshire.”

“Once we have converted the cheese by-product supplied by Wensleydale into sustainable green gas, we can feed what’s left at the end of the process onto neighbouring farmland to improve local topsoil quality.

“This shows the real impact of the circular economy and the part intelligent investment can play in reducing our CO2 emissions.”

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Source: Iona Capital