Packaging firm SIG has announced plans to acquire ‘real-time’ wind energy for its production sites in Germany.
Under the power purchase agreement, electricity from two wind turbines located in Beppen, near Hanover, will deliver power in real-time – as it is generated – to SIG’s German production sites.
The turbines have a total capacity of 2.6 MWp and generate around 2,800 MWh annually, or the equivalent of energy required by 1,000 four-person households per year.
This power purchase agreement is SIG’s first direct investment in off-site renewable capacity.
“Through this power purchase agreement for wind turbines, we are securing real-time renewable power for our production in Germany,” said Arnold Schuhwerk, Head of Category Polymers & Energy Global at SIG.
“Alongside our growing global portfolio of on-site solar installations, we see such agreements as the most sustainable way to directly invest in renewable energy capacity.”
Since 2018, SIG has been working towards achieving carbon neutrality in its production facilities by using 100% renewable energy.
Initially, most of its renewable electricity was sourced indirectly either through guarantees of origin or GoldPower certified international renewable energy certificates.
SIG added that it is now focusing on securing more of its renewable electricity directly.
The company is investing in on-site solar arrays at its production plants around the world to achieve its goals.
SIG already has 7.2 MWp of installed solar capacity at its production plants in China and Thailand.
Further on-site installations are under construction in Brazil, China and Germany. Additional projects in Austria, Saudi Arabia and Mexico are in the planning phase, the company added.
As part of its commitment to go Way Beyond Good for society and the environment, SIG is now exploring opportunities to invest in consolidating its on- and off-site renewable capacity.
So far, the company’s investments in renewable energy have helped it reduce CO2 emissions by half a million tonnes.
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