Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) will work on a new project called “CPF Solar Rooftop”, the largest solar rooftop scheme in the country.
CP Foods has signed an agreement with Gunkul Engineering, which will invest in 100% of the project.
The project, CP Foods say, will allow it to produce food in an environmentally friendly way. As a renowned food manufacturer, the company aims to work in accordance with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that production is energy-efficient. The solar rooftops will be set up at CP Foods’ manufacturing plants.
The installation will reduce CP Foods’ greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2, which CP Foods states will benefit its renewable manufacturing setup and Thailand’s environment. So far, the company notes that it has reduced its emissions by upwards of 79,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2 in line with its commitment to sustainability.
CP Foods co-president Sukhawat Dansermsuk said: “With CP Foods’ vision to be the ‘kitchen of the world’, we are recognised by customers around the world for producing high quality and safe foods that comply with international standards.
“Using clean energy, like solar power generation, is a strategic move that will promote CP Foods’ sustainable growth at the global stage. CP Foods is looking forward to continuously increasing new eco-friendly energy sources in response to its sustainable growth goals.”
Under the agreement terms, Gunkul’s investment includes the design, construction and system maintenance of the project throughout the 15-year contract. The total instalment area will cover 230,000 square metres over four business units: livestock, agriculture, food processing, and ready-to-eat plants.
Gunkul Dhumrongpiyawut, chairman of Gunkul, said: “This cooperation will mark an important step for Gunkul and will prove that solar energy can be used commercially in the industry.”
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