SIG is planning to use wind power to generate green energy

SIG has stated that it will deploy real-time wind energy at its carton manufacturing facilities in Germany as part of a larger effort to boost its renewable energy capacity with more direct sources. SIG claims to have been using 100 percent renewable energy from gas and electricity to manufacture its packs since 2018, with solar power installations already in place at its plants in China and Thailand, as well as projects under construction or in the planning phase in Austria, Brazil, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.

The majority of SIG’s renewable electricity has come from assurances of the origin or GoldPower-certified global renewable energy certifications, but the company is now looking for ways to obtain renewable energy more directly. The company will purchase wind energy through a power purchase agreement, which means that electricity produced by wind turbines near Beppen will be delivered to SIG’s German manufacturing sites as it is generated. The window turbines generate roughly 2,00MWh yearly and have a combined capacity of 2.6MWp.

The Beppen wind power purchase deal represents SIG’s first direct investment in the off-site renewable capacity, according to the company. According to reports, the purchase agreement allows SIG to invest directly in an additional renewable capacity outside of its facilities. “Through this power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind turbines, we are guaranteeing real-time renewable power for our operations in Germany,” says Arnold Schuhwerk, SIG’s head of the category polymers and energy global. We regard such agreements as the most sustainable method to actively invest in renewable energy capacity, alongside our growing worldwide portfolio of the on-site solar installations.” SIG claims that by using renewable energy in its manufacturing operations, it has saved almost 0.5 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent. In order to decarbonize the carton industry’s supply chain, the company plans to push its suppliers to utilize renewable energy. SIG has announced intentions to invest €12 million in a trial facility for its new European technology center near its Linnich, Germany, packaging plants.

SIG has been producing carbon-neutral packs since 2018 by using 100 percent renewable energy (electricity and gas). The majority of renewable electricity was first obtained through indirect means, such as guarantees of the origin or the GoldPower®-certified global renewable energy certificates. SIG is now concentrating on ways to directly acquire more of its renewable electricity.

The company’s investment in the on-site solar panels at its manufacturing locations across the world is at the heart of this strategy. SIG has already 7.2 MWp of solar capacity installed at its manufacturing facilities in China and Thailand. In Brazil, China, and Germany, more on-site installations are being built. Additional projects are being planned in Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico.

SIG’s first direct investment in the off-site renewable capacity is the Beppen wind power purchase agreement. Off-site PPAs (power purchase agreements) allow SIG to invest directly in an additional renewable capacity outside of its facilities.

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