Adrian Turner is the owner of Yum Yum Tree Fudge, based in Bury St Edmunds, which has earned a top award for how it is reducing its carbon emissions. Here Adrian explains how they hope to inspire other businesses in Suffolk
Artisan fudge makers Yum Yum Tree Fudge, based in Bury St Edmunds, no longer ‘fly in’ any of the ingredients. One of the reasons, no doubt, why they have been presented with a Gold Award, as part of Suffolk County Council’s Carbon Charter scheme. Carbon Charter awards are given to local businesses which are finding ways to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing their carbon emissions. Yum Yum Tree Fudge was recognised for their exemplary efforts, which include reducing their carbon emissions by over 50%, moving away from all fossil fuels used in production of their products, replacing their diesel vans for electric and promoting carbon reduction to their customers and stakeholders.
Owner Adrian says: ‘Receiving this Gold Award is a real credit to our staff and a thank you to our customers. We work incredibly hard to reduce our carbon impact, aiming to be a carbon negative business by 2025.’
They use local ingredients wherever possible, and, as Adrian adds: ‘We use dairy alternatives in our products such as oat and coconut milk, we generate power for our production line from solar panels and we only use biodegradable and compostable packaging – all without impacting the appearance, flavour and quality of our products.
‘I hope we can be an inspiration to other local businesses in Suffolk, to show that reducing carbon emissions is possible, whatever the nature of your work.’
Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Environment, says: ‘Yum Yum Tree Fudge is a great example of what can be achieved. They’re a real credit to Suffolk and I’m proud that our county is home to businesses like this who are forward-thinking, but more importantly are taking action now on climate change.
‘There is support out there for all Suffolk businesses, whatever stage they are at on their net zero journey. It is not too late to start implementing change, working towards a Carbon Charter Bronze Award is a great place to start.
‘We each have a responsibility to look at how we can reduce carbon emissions and slow the rate of climate change. As an organisation, the council is aiming to be net zero by 2030, an ambition which is shared across Suffolk.’
Yum Yum Tree Fudge was presented with its award at a Carbon Charter event last week at Woodbridge Tide Mill, themselves a Carbon Charter Gold Award holder.
Suffolk County Council has been running the Carbon Charter scheme for 12 years, with 264 Suffolk businesses being awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold awards.
Adrian Turner (left), owner of Yum Yum Tree Fudge, is presented with a Gold Award at a Carbon Charter event April 21, 2022 at the Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum, by Dan Tarrant-Willis, Head Miller at Woodbridge Tide Mill