FrieslandCampina has announced that all its product produced in the Netherlands will use green electricity generated by member dairy farmers from 1 January 2021.
Members of the co-operative generate sustainable energy via solar panels, windmills or manure mono-fermentation.
'A Step Further'
Bas Roelofs, managing director FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy Netherlands, said, “In the Netherlands, Campina has been entirely produced using green electricity for many years.
“We are going to take a step further by starting to use the green energy generated by the member dairy farms and so making our members our energy suppliers as well.”
FrieslandCampina and its member dairy farmers aim to achieve climate-neutral status by the year 2050.
Over 3,000 of its dairy farms are currently generating green energy, and the company will start buying the surplus energy from farmers.
In 2020, dairy farmers of FrieslandCampina generated over 500 GWh of green electricity, which corresponds to the annual energy consumption of over 184,000 Dutch households.