Air Products has signed a power purchase agreement with renewable energy firm Eneco to support the production of liquid nitrogen and oxygen in the Netherlands.
The 10-year deal, which will see several sites powered by clean energy, is thought to help the industrial gas giant reduce emissions equivalent to the carbon footprint of around 45,000 households.
Renewable electricity supplied under the deal will be generated at the Vlagtwedde Solar PV farm in the northeast of the Netherlands. Vlagtwedde Solar PV Park is an 110MW power project.
Harco van den Berg, Business Manager in Benelux for Air Products, described the agreement as a significant milestone in the company’s journey towards sustainability.
He continued, “We are excited to partner with Eneco, and we believe this collaboration will contribute to our goals of decarbonising the industrial gases sector.”
In 2020, Air Products launched its “Third by ‘30” goal to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions intensity by one third by 2030, and the company remains committed to this goal.
Air Products says that its increasing use of renewable electricity and daily focus on operational efficiency will play a key role in helping it achieve the Third by 30 goal.
Dick Velings, B2B Director at Eneco, added, “To tackle the challenge of climate neutrality, we need significantly more sustainably generated power. With this agreement, Air Products commits to using greener energy.”
Air Products has already signed deals elsewhere in the world to use clean energy. In July 2023, the company signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Mulilo Renewable Project Developments for the purchase of up to 75MW of renewable energy from a solar farm to be built in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
According to Air Products at the time, the facility could generate around 240 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, to be supplied by wheeling from the solar farm to Air Products’ air separation units (ASU) located throughout the country.
News of the power purchase deal follows Air Products announcing plans to build what is believed to be Europe’s largest blue hydrogen facility based in the Port of Rotterdam. This was preceded by the announcements of Air Products’ plans for a renewable energy import terminal, and the first Rotterdam green hydrogen truck refuelling station.
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