An agreement has been signed with energy company Eneco, which enables the company’s facilities in Sassenheim, Wapenveld, Groot Ammers and Ammerzoden to now be operated entirely by using electricity generated by wind power.
The contract – which runs until 2020 and includes providing power to all the company’s Sikkens stores – involves the supply of 66 GWh a year, equivalent to the energy consumed by a city with 33,000 inhabitants. AkzoNobel says this also will reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 19 kilotons.
“This is an important agreement which secures the supply of sustainably generated electricity for some of our less energy-intensive locations,” said Marcel Galjee, director of energy at AkzoNobel. “It signals the next step in further reducing our CO2 emissions and demonstrates our commitment to resource efficiency, which was highlighted by the company’s recent No. 1 ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.”
Bram Poeth, managing director, Eneco Business, added, “We are proud to be supplying green energy to all of AkzoNobel’s paint facilities in Netherlands. It builds on the agreement we already have in place to provide bio-steam at AkzoNobel in Delfzijl and creates an even stronger partnership as we work together toward a more sustainable Netherlands.”
The Eneco contract follows two agreements announced by AkzoNobel last year, which involve purchasing wind energy (together with Google, DSM and Philips) directly from new wind farms currently under construction in Netherlands – Krammer and Bouwdokken. The company also uses sustainably generated steam at its sites in Hengelo and Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
Currently, 40 percent of AkzoNobel’s worldwide energy consumption is renewable, while 2016 saw nearly half the company’s locations improve their energy use. The aim for 2050 is to use 100 percent renewable energy.