Since 7 February 2017, FrieslandCampina has made use of biogas in its plant in Borculo for generating steam used for the production of milk powder and ingredients for infant nutrition. For this, the dairy company has entered into a joint venture agreement with Groot Zevert Vergisting (GZV) from Beltrum in the Dutch province of Gelderland. FrieslandCampina will buy 8 million m3 biogas from GZV annually. This will reduce the CO2 emission by about 8,000 tonnes on an annual basis.
‘Our plant in Borculo already was the first to switch to sustainable pyrolysis oil with a very low direct CO2 emission. Now we take the next step by being the first to invest in generating steam with biogas produced with the manure coming from, among others, the farms of our member dairy farmers. We supply the biogas by means of a one-to-one transport line which runs from GZV in Beltrum to the plant in Borculo. This is an important step for making the chain more sustainable and for closing the cycles’, according to Roelof Joosten, CEO of FrieslandCampina.
Jan Groot-Zevert (l) and Arjan Prinsen (r)
Groot Zevert Vergisting has worked with a bio-fermentation system that produces green power from regional manure since the year 2004. Owner Joris Groot Zevert: ‘Also thanks to the financing from the “Innovatie- en Energiefonds Gelderland” [Innovation and Energy Fund Gelderland] we were able to reconstruct and expand our bio-fermentation system, which enabled us to enter into this unique joint venture with FrieslandCampina.’ The manure comes from, among others, the farms of member dairy farmers of FrieslandCampina in this region. The manure processed at GZV contributes to enabling the dairy farmers to comply with their obligations with respect to phosphate reduction and processing.
Joulz (formerly Stedin Infradiensten) is responsible for the transport of the biogas from GZV to FrieslandCampina. Joulz has made investments in this pipeline and will exploit it for the long term.
Besides wind and solar energy, the production of biogas by means of bio-fermentation is another way to generate sustainable, green energy. By generating sustainable energy the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced. With this step FrieslandCampina and Groot Zevert Vergisting make a contribution to a more sustainable dairy chain.