Danone has installed a vast rooftop solar system at its Zhongshan factory in China, which will save 55,000 tons of CO2 over its lifetime.
The project is Danone’s first solar PV (photovoltaic) project in China.
Asia Clean Capital (ACC) designed, constructed and funded the system and will undertake the long-term system maintenance.
Electricity from the solar systems will be provided to Danone at competitive rates.
Danone operations vice president Erwin van Grootel said: “We are happy to witness the inauguration of Danone China’s first solar PV project. In the past, we used green energy indirectly. Now, we generate and use green energy directly. This is an important step for us to reduce carbon emissions, and we have already identified the next factory where we will install solar panels.”
ACC works with a number of other food manufacturers, including Nestle, Cofco and Coca-Cola.
Meanwhile Danone Nutricia has announced it is to implement water-saving technology at its Wuxi plant in China.
It is using technology from Veoila to expand its purified water capacity by up to 88% and save over 85,000 cubic meters of water each year.
Source: Gary Scattergood, Food Navigator Asia