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Danone at the forefront of photovoltaics

Agreement signed for the construction of the largest renewable energy plant in Europe

Danone and Iberdrola have joined their commitments to sustainability with the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA), which will promote the development of the largest photovoltaic plant in Europe, as reported by both companies in a statement.
The initiative consolidates Danone's long-term strategy of using renewable energy; 100% of the renewable electricity already used in its plants will come from this project. The agreement reached will guarantee the supply of clean energy to all Danone production plants and in its offices in Spain, located in Asturias, Barcelona, Girona, Guadalajara, Granada, Madrid and Valencia; as well as its logistics centers and offices.

In addition, the suppliers of Danone, Graham Packaging and Salvesen Logística have also joined this partnership. The agreement reached between the two companies provides that Iberdrola will supply clean energy to Danone's 29 refueling points in Spain, for a period of 10 years, starting from April 2022. The volume of energy distributed by this PPA will reach 73GWh / year. The remaining volume of energy that the company will need will be guaranteed with the signing of a second annual contract with Iberdrola, which will supply up to 104 GWh / year.

The 100% renewable electricity will be used for the Francisco Pizarro project, the largest photovoltaic plant currently designed in Europe, with 590 Mw of capacity, which Iberdrola is building between the Extremadura municipalities of Torrecillas de la Tiesa and Aldeacentenera, in Cáceres. Operational from 2022, the plant will prevent the emission of over 245,000 tons of Co2 into the atmosphere per year, strengthening the competitiveness of this technology for environmental protection and mitigation of global warming.
Its construction will contribute to the creation of new jobs (more than 1,200 professionals are expected to be involved in the peak moments of its construction) and to energize the industrial fabric of the community. The project involves an investment of over 300 million euros. Francisco Pizarro is part of Iberdrola's ambitious investment strategy in renewable energy generation projects in Spain.

For Danone, the health of people and planet are intimately linked and this is reflected in his vision of “One Planet. One Health"." We aspire to move towards a new way of doing business that takes into account not only the economic aspect but also the social impact of our business", says Paolo Tafuri , CEO of Danone Iberia. "This initiative will help us to fulfill our ambitious environmental commitments, objectives which are part of our global strategy and which influence the entire value chain", he concludes.

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