FrieslandCampina has announced that all of its Dutch Campina brand products will be generated using green electricity by its farmers as of 1 January 2021.
The company says the energy used for the production of the entire Campina range will be generated from its own cooperative through solar panels, windmills or manure mono-fermentation.
The dairy cooperative and its member dairy farmers intend to be climate-neutral by 2050, as part of its ‘Nourishing a better planet’ sustainability programme.
Back in March, FrieslandCampina announced plans to purchase its electricity directly from its member dairy farmers, working with Power Purchase Agreements and CNS, a specialist in the field.
Through the transition to green energy, currently over 3,000 of the company’s dairy farms are generating green energy. FrieslandCampina says it will now buy the extra generated energy.
Bas Roelofs, managing director FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy Netherlands, said: “In the Netherlands, Campina has been entirely produced using green electricity for many years already.
“We are going to take a further step by starting to use the green energy generated by the member dairy farms and so making our members our energy suppliers as well. As from 1 January 2021, the entire Campina product range will be produced using green electricity generated at the Dutch farms.”
In 2020, member dairy farmers of FrieslandCampina reportedly generated a total of over 500 GWh of green electricity, which equals the annual energy consumption of more than 184,000 Dutch households.
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