Chr. Hansen signs green energy deal

By Jim Cornall contact

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Chr. Hansen’s products are produced with 100% green energy in Denmark. Pic: Chr. Hansen
Chr. Hansen’s products are produced with 100% green energy in Denmark. Pic: Chr. Hansen

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Chr. Hansen has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Danish company Better Energy, which will provide ‘green’ electricity from two new solar parks that have just come into operation.

Chr. Hansen’s products are now produced with 100% green energy in Denmark. Chr. Hansen will take 2/3 of the annual energy production from the new parks; this corresponds to the consumption of 15,000 Danish households and reflects Chr. Hansen’s annual energy demand for its operations in Denmark, which makes up 40% of the global consumption for the group.

“We want to contribute positively to the transition to green energy. That is why we have decided to buy solar energy from Better Energy’s two new parks so that our good bacteria and natural colors have a green footprint, both externally with our customers and on our home turf where some of our largest production sites are located,”​ Annemarie Meisling, senior director of sustainability, Chr. Hansen.

The company’s production plant in Copenhagen, the world’s largest factory for the production of lactic acid bacteria, accounts for more than 70% of Chr. Hansen Denmark’s total electricity consumption, whereas headquarters in Hoersholm north of Copenhagen accounts for around 15%. Two other Danish factories, in Roskilde, south west of Copenhagen, and in Graasten close to the German border, account for the rest.

Peter Munck Søe-Jensen, EVP for power production & asset management at Better Energy, said the agreement with Chr. Hansen is a good example of how companies can assume joint responsibility for creating new energy from renewable sources to the benefit of the entire country.

“Chr. Hansen’s purchase of electricity from our two new solar parks in the next 10 years is groundbreaking. Today it is possible to choose a new green energy supply that makes a true difference because it directly supports the development of new renewable energy sources. In the transition towards renewable energy supply, companies can make a world of difference by buying new green energy,”​ he said.

Chr. Hansen said the move contributes to Denmark’s collective efforts to reduce its CO2​ emissions by 70% by 2030. The model is scalable and the global bioscience company can expand it to other countries – and actions are already being taken to that effect.

“Today, our business and production in the US have an energy consumption that is around half of that of Chr. Hansen in Denmark, but with the expansions planned over the next years, we are expecting this to increase. We are currently in dialogue with different suppliers of renewable energy in the US with a view to seeing if we can land a solid agreement,”​ Jesper Deela Nielsen, senior manager in global sourcing, Chr. Hansen, said.

Meisling said, “The fight for a more sustainable future based on regeneration, reimagination and reform has never been more relevant. We hope to see global leaders, politicians and governments back a COVID-19 recovery plan that will accelerate a green transition. Over the past months, we have witnessed an enormous drive and cooperation, which proves that change can happen fast when there is a will to act.”

Energy Denmark will support the agreement by being responsible for creating a balance between consumption and production of electricity and handling the difference when the sun doesn’t shine so Chr. Hansen’s energy supply will be secured with power production from a mix of several other renewable sources like wind and biogas.

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