Sector News

FrieslandCampina to pay dairy members for green energy

March 26, 2020
Food & Drink

FrieslandCampina has announced plans to purchase its electricity directly from its member dairy farmers as part of its next step in sustainable energy.

According to the dairy cooperative, 94% of its worldwide electricity usage in 2019 was ‘green’.

For 2020, FrieslandCampina aims for its electricity usage to be 100% green and plans to purchase it directly from its member dairy farmers and pay them in line with market prices.

To achieve this, the company will work with Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which allows direct purchase from farmers, and will team up with CNS, a specialist in the field.

Currently more than 50 dairy farmer members already supply green energy to FrieslandCampina via PPAs, accounting for about 10% of the Dutch electricity needs of the dairy company.

Previous commonplace is Guarantees of Origins offering certified proof that energy has been generated sustainably.

FrieslandCampina’s construction, meanwhile, means it is possible to maintain this value within the dairy chain with direct contracts and enables the producer to be immediately rewarded in line with the market by its own dairy company.

Using its programmes such as Solar, Wind (collaboration with E.A.Z wind) and Jumpstart (extraction of green energy from manure), FrieslandCampina aims to accelerate sustainable energy generation on farms.

In August 2018, the company announced that half of the electricity requirements of its production locations and offices in the Netherlands now come from solar power, thanks to a growth of the company’s solar initiative.

Most recently, FrieslandCampina teamed up with Barry Callebaut in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through cow feed additive.

In January 2020, the Dutch dairy cooperative also announced an additional annual investment of €24m to stimulate sustainable development on the dairy farms of its farmer members.

By Emma Upshall

Source: FoodBev

comments closed

Related News

September 25, 2022

Coca-Cola names new president of global ventures

Food & Drink

The Coca-Cola Co. has promoted Evguenia (Jeny) Stoichkova to president of global ventures, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Ms. Stoichkova joined Coca-Cola Bulgaria in 2004 and was most recently the president of the company’s Eurasia & Middle East division, a role she has held since 2021.

September 25, 2022

Perfect Day allies with Onego Bio to speed-up launch of animal-free eggs

Food & Drink

US-based Perfect Day, is partnering with Onego Bio, which specializes in creating animal-free eggs, aiming to accelerate the timeline to bring the eggs to the market. The business, with the use of its technology, plans to commercialize animal-free ovalbumin, the most abundant egg white protein extracted through precision fermentation.

September 25, 2022

EU fails on food waste: Report reveals bloc discards more than it imports

Food & Drink

Food waste costs the EU €143 billion per year (US$141.7 billion), with a report by Feedback EU raising the alarm of how it’s vital to reduce waste from farm to fork 50% by 2030 and the only way this will be achieved is by enforcing a mandatory directive forcing the food industry to do better and retailers to pay a tax of food waste.