2 Sisters Food Group’s sister company, 2Agriculture, is upgrading 20 of its poultry farms with biomass energy.

The company says that the GBP20 million (US$22.7 million) investment will further improve chicken welfare standards, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lower running costs at the upgraded farms which supply poultry to 2 Sisters.

The new solution involves indirect heating from a water-air heat biomass exchanger, powered by a wood pellets source. Efficient “dry heat” will now ensure optimum litter and air quality by providing total control over the humidity levels throughout the crop cycle. The birds will grow better and there will be considerably less waste, the company said.

Lionel Halls, director of agriculture at 2Agriculture said: “We’re always looking to improve efficiency and innovate where we can, so this deal not only ticks both of these boxes, it also raises standards across our estate. As the key 2 Sisters Food Group poultry supply chain, we’re hoping that this contract will reap benefits right across the wider organization.”

Installations are expected to start in April 2014 and will run throughout the year.