Heineken España has signed a partnership with Iberdrola, that will allow the company to brew its beer using only renewable energies by 2023, as part of its commitment to sustainability.
The companies claim that the strategic partnership is Spain’s first long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) between an electricity supplier and a brewer, and that it will help both firms reach their clean energy goals.
Managing director of Heineken España, Guillaume Duverdier said: “This initiative reaffirms Heineken España’s commitment to sustainability, is an example of our ambition to become the greenest brewer and will consolidate our leadership in sustainability in the brewing industry in Spain.”
While Heineken has committed to a 100% renewable electricity supply for the production of its beer, Iberdrola plans to install 3,000MW of new clean capacity by 2022.
To achieve this, Heineken is constructing a new photovoltaic plant in Andévalo that will guarantee the supply of green electricity to the four breweries and offices of Heineken España. The plant will launch into operation in 2020 and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 100,000 tonnes a year.
Its construction is also a significant advancement in Iberdrola’s strategy of investing in the production of clean energy in Spain. Iberdrola uses bilateral agreements with customers who are committed to sustainable consumption, as a way to promote the supply of energy at affordable, stable prices.
Developed by energy business Iberdrola, the solar plant will be built inside an existing wind farm in Andévalo and will generate 82GWh of power every year. As well as environmental impact, the installation will create more jobs.
Ángeles Santamaria, CEO of Iberdrola España said: “PPAs open up new opportunities for the development of energies that will set the standard for the world’s energy future.
“Renewables have proven their competitive advantage and their ability to supply power at affordable, stable prices. The PPAs in the long term, as well as bringing stability to the company’s investments in renewable projects, will rise as an instrumental tool in managing the power supply for large consumers who are committed to achieving green and sustainable consumption.”
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