Drinks group C&C has announced plans to accelerate a reduction in carbon emissions across its operations.

That includes a targeted 42% reduction in emissions at its Bulmers manufacturing facility in Clonmel over the next 12 months.

They said this would represent a 1,882 tonne reduction in Co2.

The drinks-maker is partnering with Irish decarbonisation firm CoolPlanet, which it says has identified a number of ways in which it can reduce emissions.

That includes a reduction in the amount of gas used at the plant, with the company planning to recycle waste heat from the production process.

"The innovative design will reduce onsite carbon emissions by up to 50%, thus significantly impacting our overall group sustainability targets, and it will materially reduce site natural gas dependency in these uncertain times," said C&C's group head of engineering Martin Doogan.

Across the group C&C is aiming to cut its direct and indirect emissions by 35% by 2030. It also plans a 25% emissions cut across its supply chain in that time frame, with an ultimate aim of being carbon-neutral by 2050.