Chr. Hansen Turns Up Green Energy To Power Sustainability Ambitions

Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 548 Views


A 10-year agreement with Danish company Better Energy secures Chr. Hansen Denmark green electricity from two brand new solar parks that have just been taken into operation. This model can be replicated in other countries, and that’s the next step for one of the world’s most sustainable companies.

Chr. Hansen’s good bacteria and natural colours are now produced on 100 percent green energy in Denmark. This became a reality when two new solar parks were taken into operation. 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 percent of the global consumption for the Group.

Chr. Hansen, who was awarded as the world’s most sustainable company in 2019 and this year came in second on the prestigious list published by Canadian Corporate Knights, is committed to minimising its footprint:

“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 colours have a green footprint, both externally with our customers and on our home turf where some of our largest production sites are located,” says Annemarie Meisling, senior director of Sustainability, Chr. Hansen.

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

 

Next stop USA

The good news is not only that with this initiative, Chr. Hansen makes a contribution to Denmark’s collective efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions by 70 percent in 2030. The really good news lies in the fact that this model is scalable and that the global bioscience company can expand it to other countries – and concrete 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,” reveals Jesper Deela Nielsen, senior manager in Global Sourcing, Chr. Hansen.

The current challenge facing the world owing to the COVID-19 crisis has not changed Chr. Hansen’s focus on contributing to the transition to green energy and responding to climate change. Quite on the contrary.

“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,” concludes Chr. Hansen’s senior director of Sustainability, Annemarie Meisling.

 

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