Essent, dairy farmers and FrieslandCampina unveil new initiatives for an even more sustainable dairy chain

15 March 2011

In 2012 FrieslandCampina, in cooperation with energy company Essent, intends to make 20 per cent of its energy consumption in the Netherlands sustainable with green electricity, of which an increasing part will be generated by the co-operative’s member dairy farmers. This year 15 per cent, partly generated by dairy farmers, is delivered to FrieslandCampina via Essent. In order to better support dairy farmers in projects in the field of renewable energy, Essent and FrieslandCampina today launched an Internet application as part of the EnergieContactPunt (Energy Contact Point).

The above initiatives arose out of the collaboration agreement which Essent and FrieslandCampina concluded last autumn in line with FrieslandCampina’s  objectives to ensure that 100 per cent of its energy consumption in the Netherlands is renewable by 2020. Several dozens of dairy farmers have already opted to supply renewable energy to Essent.

Website to support dairy farmers
To help dairy farmers develop sustainable energy projects, Essent and FrieslandCampina set up the EnergieContactPunt last autumn. As a follow-up, the website EnergieContactPunt was developed by Essent. This website helps dairy farmers move towards producing renewable energy. EnergieContactPunt online offers detailed information on the production of solar energy, wind energy, energy from biomass and opportunities for supplying power to the grid. Moreover, dairy farmers can also practise using calculation models on the site.
EnergieContactPunt online is accessible for FrieslandCampina dairy farmers via melkweb, the website for members of FrieslandCampina.

Supplying energy and green certificates
If a concrete project emerges, dairy farmers can then supply the electricity via Essent to their own dairy company FrieslandCampina. The dairy farmers are paid the energy price (per kWh or m3), plus an amount for green certificates (guarantees of origin). Under the rules, dairy farmers receive these green certificates because they produce green energy.