10 Apr DSM saves 50,000 tons of CO2 with a biomass plant
A new biomass plant should help chemical company DSM in Switzerland to further reduce CO2 emissions. The plant supplies heat and energy for a large vitamin factory from DSM. The French energy company Engie is using the sustainable energy plant.
The biomass plant supplies steam to DSM Nutritional Products in Sisseln, Switzerland, and other factories in the village that are not from DSM. In Sisseln, the chemical company produces vitamins A and E. With the new plant, the company saves 50,000 tons of CO2 annually.
267 gigawatt hours
The biomass generates 267 gigawatt hours of steam on an annual basis, which is used by DSM, among others. In addition to the steam, 42 gigawatt hours of energy is also generated. This is sufficient to supply 17,500 households with electricity. The energy is supplied back to the local energy network. According to DSM, the new power station is one of the largest and most efficient in Switzerland.
“Our factory in Sisseln is seen as one of the largest vitamin factories in the world. The investment in sustainability improves the profile of the plant because the CO2 footprint is significantly reduced, “says Chris Goppelsroeder, CEO of DSM Nutritional Products.
New sustainability goals
With the biomass plant, DSM is taking a new step towards sustainability. In March the group set new sustainability targets. Among other things, this means that by 2030 the CO2 emissions from own production and the required energy must be reduced by 30 percent compared to 2016. In 2030, 75 percent of all energy must also be generated sustainably. In 2018 that already happened with 41 percent of the energy. In the Netherlands, only renewable energy has been used since last year.
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