Gestamp says all its production facilities, and research and development centres in Spain will operate with 100% renewable energy from January 2022, Kallanish notes.
To meet the target, the Spanish-headquartered supplier of components to the global automotive sector has signed a long-term agreement with energy company Naturgy.
According to the ten-year deal, Naturgy will supply Gestamp with 203 gigawatt hours per year from solar and wind sources. The company expects to reduce gas emissions by 50,000 tonnes of CO2/year, a 13% reduction of its total carbon footprint resulting from electricity usage.
“This agreement is a very important milestone for Gestamp as part of an ambitious strategy in sustainability to move forward to a low-carbon economy,” comments Gestamp executive director Francisco Riberas. “The strategy involves a more efficient use of raw materials and supplies and represents another step forward in the company’s long-standing commitment to achieving the highest sustainability standards throughout the entire production chain.”
The company has 21 production lines and two R+D centres in Spain. The electricity consumed in all these facilities represents 18% of Gestamp’s global consumption.
Todor Kirkov Bulgaria