An egg producer from Cumbria is planning to become the UK's first carbon- neutral egg-packaging operation.

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company is introducing modern, environmentally efficient technology to its new Lake District plant, which is expected to go operational next month.

The plant will be heated with solid fuel using trees from the chicken ranges and factory waste. Rainwater will be harvested and LED lighting will use 70% less energy.

The Lakes, which is also introducing the technology to its existing operations, said it hoped to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the second year.

The move would allow retailers to stock eggs with a lower carbon footprint, said MD David Brass. "We have always been innovators in free-range egg production so see this as another natural progression."