FrieslandCampina and Bilfinger Efficiency join forces

8 September 2015

On September 7, 2015, FrieslandCampina and Bilfinger Efficiency signed a strategic partnership agreement. This partnership includes a group-wide close cooperation and will lay the foundation to jointly implement sustainable objectives such as a reduction of 40k tons of CO2 emissions as well as a decrease in energy consumption. Energy savings of over 6% per site will be achieved for FrieslandCampina in this context. The first step of this partnership will be realised with the project “ENCORE” (Energy Consumption Reduction and Efficiency). In the first phase of the project, measures to enhance Energy Efficiency at an initial 15 production locations in the Netherlands and elsewhere will be identified, designed and implemented.

“This is one of the largest orders ever awarded for an Energy Efficiency project in Europe’s food industry”, explains Peter Eilers, Chairman of the Executive Board of Bilfinger Efficiency GmbH.

This project is part of the implementation of FrieslandCampina’s sustainability strategy. With the so-called “route2020” and its ambition to achieve climate-neutral growth, the international dairy company is placing a strategic focus on sustainability and climate-neutral production. Against this backdrop, FrieslandCampina tendered an “Energy Reduction” programme in the first quarter of 2015. FrieslandCampina selected Bilfinger Efficiency to jointly develop the concept and final contract.

FrieslandCampina and Bilfinger Efficiency join forces

from left to right: Dr. Jochen Keysberg (Member of the Executive Board at Bilfinger SE), Peter Eilers (Chairman of the Executive Board at Bilfinger Efficiency GmbH), Hein Schumacher (CFO Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.), Felix Becker (executive manager, second from the right) and the team

“Energy efficiency and sustainability are key priority areas for us at FrieslandCampina. With Bilfinger Efficiency we have identified and selected a professional partner, who can help us further improve in those areas through its network and experience,” says Hein Schumacher, CFO of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.

With the signing of the framework agreement, the immediate implementation of the optimisation programme, in which several Bilfinger companies are involved, was started. First and foremost among these is the Dutch associate engineering and consultancy company Tebodin B.V., which will be responsible for the project management among other things.