Bernard Matthews might not be the most obvious company engaged in green energy innovation, but its commitment to environmental issues is by no means “poultry”. Earlier this year, the brand famous for its “bootiful” turkeys secured £24.5m from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to install 179 biomass boilers at its 21 UK farms, spread across Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Around 80 of the boilers had been installed by the end of August and all of the planned 179 will run on woodchip sourced from the local area by Stobart Biomass. The replacements are taking place in the two and a half week turnaround period between the turkeys being shipped from the farm to the factory and the new batch arriving. The programme should result in a “significant” reduction in carbon emissions and help the company towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by the end of the decade. The company owns nine large wind turbines on three separate sites, which are set to cover half its electricity demand, as well two solar farms – a 60-acre solar farm next door to its factory in Holton, Suffolk, which also hosts a 500kw anaerobic generation plant producing energy from waste, and a 30-acre solar farm at Weston, Norfolk.