“We can no longer think of energy only as something that is delivered to us out of a tap or a socket in a wall,” says Hassan Abid, Global Energy Manager at Barry Callebaut. “It is a vital ingredient in the creation of every single one of our products, and the type of energy we use has an important impact on our organizational carbon footprint” he continues.
the real step towards becoming 100% renewable came for the Kågeröd factory by creating awareness amongst its employees for the potential of energy savings.
the Kågeröd factory switched to biogas bringing an immediate carbon reduction of more than 7000 tons of carbon yearly by switching the factory to 100% renewable energy.
Kågeröd’s success is an inspiration to many other Barry Callebaut production locations where energy champions and the teams they have built are committed to reaching similar sustainability mid-term objectives. In parallel, in Europe, Africa, Asia and the US, pilot initiatives are being researched on the possibility of producing renewable energy on site, for instance from wind, sun and even cocoa shells.
Hassan Abid is very proud of the domino effect that has been triggered, “We now have an online energy platform to share knowledge effectively, uniting 350 employees from all over the world. Participants range from a member of the sales team located near Barcelona, to an engineering manager in Singapore and a production manager in Brazil”