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AkzoNobel Makes Headway at Solar Panel Sites

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently released an update on two of its solar projects, noting that more than 3,000 solar panels have been added, pushing the company toward its goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.

The two projects have been taking place in Garcia, Mexico, and Barcelona, Spain. The Garcia installation (of 1,650 solar panels) at an industrial coatings site is already complete, while in Barcelona, work to install 1,600 roof panels is well underway, according to the company.

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Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently released an update on two of its solar projects, noting that more than 3,000 solar panels have been added, pushing the company toward its goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.

“We’re already using renewable electricity at 33 of our locations in eight countries and have installed solar panels at 14 facilities,” said Wijnand Bruinsma, AkzoNobel’s Program Manager for Sustainability.

“The latest two projects will make an important contribution to our continuing efforts to significantly increase these numbers as we strive to achieve our ambition of cutting our emissions by 50% by 2030.”

The installation in Barcelona is slated to generate 15% of the site’s overall energy consumption and joins two other AkzoNobel locations in Spain where solar panels have already been installed—Vilafranca, and Vallirana. That site is due to be completed by the end of January next year.

Covering more than 5,300 square meters of space, the Garcia installation is set to generate 82% of energy requirements—making the site almost self-dependent—and it will eventually produce more energy than it normally consumes, according to AkzoNobel.

"We’re very happy to see this project come to life,” says Garcia Site Manager, Juan Francisco Garcia. “Initiatives such as this will help Mexico contribute to the company’s ambition to become carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy. It’s very much aligned with our People. Planet Paint. approach and is a visible sign of positivity in these challenging times.”

The carbon-cutting goal is part of AkzoNobel’s “People. Planet. Paint.” sustainability ambitions. the company currently uses 100% renewable electricity in eight countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; Business matters; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; Solar; Solar energy; Z-Continents

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