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The German manufacturer of glass and plastic packaging solutions for the pharma, biotech, and cosmetics industries, has signed a long-term electricity supply agreement with wind turbine operator company PNE AG.
35 GWh of wind power per year
The power purchase agreement, which covers around 35 GWh of wind power per year, will enable Gerresheimer to reduce its CO2 emissions by around 18,000 tons each year starting in 2024 . As a result of the deal, the company will also further increase green power as a share of the energy supplied to its German production sites.
Gerresheimer aims to switch its entire electricity supply to renewable sources by 2030.
“The power purchase agreement with PNE AG is another important building block in expanding green power as a share of the supply of energy to our German locations,” says Dietmar Siemssen, CEO of Gerresheimer AG. “EcoDesign, green energy, and the use of the latest production technology are the key factors for us in reducing our CO2 emissions by 50 % by 2030.”
“We are seeing growing interest from industrial companies in power purchase agreements with higher volumes and longer terms,” adds Markus Lesser, CEO of PNE AG. “Companies like Gerresheimer are thus actively shaping their own energy transition and securing long-term capacities for clean electricity at attractive conditions in a volatile market environment.”
Gerresheimer’s glass production locations in Essen, Lohr, and Tettau, which are particularly energy-intensive, will benefit from the power purchase agreement on a priority base. However, the medical systems’ production sites in Bünde, Pfreimd, and Wackersdorf are set to benefit as well.
Gerresheimer expects that, combined with other planned projects, the newly signed agreement will push green electricity as a share of the power supplied to production sites worldwide to over 50% by the end of 2024.
In June 2023, Gerresheimer signed a 32 GWh power purchase agreement with the operator of a hybrid wind and solar farm in India, which will supply electricity to the production site in Kosamba.