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Chocolate ice cream heating homes

A Yorkshire ice cream manufacturer is using the by-products of its business to heat homes.

Chocolate ice cream has been found to be more effective than its vanilla and strawberry peers, 10 per cent and 20 per cent respectively, in terms of energy provided, when converted to biogas at the R&R Ice Cream plant in Lemming, North Yorkshire, UK.
Chocolate ice cream in a bowl
The company, which makes supermarket home brand ice cream as well as brands like Nestle’s Fabs and Rowntree’s Fruit Pastille lollies, is left with a by-product of leftover mixture during the production process.

Previously the by-products were thrown away into landfill sites but it is now being processed at a nearby plant to produce a biogas. The gas is fed into the national gas grid so it can be used in homes and businesses as fuel for heating and cooking.

According to the Daily Mail, to heat a typical UK home for a year, it would take 25 tonnes of chocolate ice cream by-product, compared to 27.5 tonnes of vanilla and 30 tonnes of strawberry.

Energy from the plant, which is funded by Iona Capital and operated by recycling firm Veolia, will help meet the Government’s target for 20 per cent of the UK’s energy to come from green sources by 2020.