06 Nov 20

From GREY to GREEN: Vandemoortele managed to take full distance from non-renewable electricity

Vandemoortele energy part contributes to a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, mainly for production, storage and transport. 

That is why general ambition arose to reduce energy intensity and increase the use of renewable energy.

We are working with each of our production facilities to set achievable targets and implement a comprehensive package of energy efficiency measures, including more than 270 energy-saving actions:

  • process optimisation based on smart energy measurements
  • better insulation of buildings
  • best-in-class ammonia-cooling technology
  • heat recovery on cooling
  • compressed air installations

Furthermore, Vandemoortele had a close dialogue with the local energy facilitators and replaced part of the grey electricity with green electricity every year.
In 2020, 100% of the electricity consumption was supplied from certified renewable sources.

solar mill

The new Food Experience Center (located in Ghent) is an example of this, where south-facing solar panels were placed on the roof to provide the building with sustainable energy.

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Finally, all kinds of studies are ongoing for other renewable energy projects.

About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Margarines, Culinary Oils & Fats (MCOF). We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products.

In 2021 Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.3 billion with 4,800 (permanent and temporary) associates. The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States. We operate on more than 28 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to 95 countries worldwide.

News & Media Contact

Marc Croonen
marc.croonen@vandemoortele.com