Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese maker, has said it aims to become one of the country’s first national brands to become self-sufficient in green energy.

As part of this goal, Wyke has started to build its own anaerobic digester plant, which, Wyke said, will both reduce and manage waste while producing energy.

The digestate produced will be used as a fertilizer and the biogas energy generated will be used to run a combined heat and power plant. In this way, Wyke will save over 4m kilos of CO2 each year, the company revealed.

In recognition of the investments Wyke is making in developing sustainable dairy practices, a spokesperson for the group told just-food UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Somerset farm yesterday (29 April).

“Through this project Wyke Farms aims to become a 100% sustainable working farm, which sources all of its electricity and gas from both solar and biogas, generated from the farm and dairy waste,” the spokesperson emphasised.

just-food will be catching up with Wyke Farms to find out more about how it is driving the sustainability agenda, so check back for further coverage.