Lesaffre signs the first solar CPPA (Corporate Power Purchase Agreement, a direct sale of electricity between a producer and a consumer) in the North of France, to supply the group’s largest yeast plant in Marcq-en-Barœul.
Lesaffre has been innovating in the field of fermentation and micro-organisms for 170 years. Today present in 50 countries through 77 production sites, Lesaffre explores every day the infinite potential of micro-organisms to better nourish and protect the planet.
This CPPA enables Lesaffre to benefit from part of the green electricity generated by the Cambrai-Niergnies Séranvillers-Forenville solar park (Nord), located a few dozen kilometers from Marcq-en-Baroeul. The Group will purchase the production of 25 MWp (Megawatt peak), or almost 25 GWh/year.
The signing of this CPPA is in line with the steps Lesaffre has been taking for several years to control its carbon footprint and energy consumption. Projects undertaken by the group include the installation of a biomass power plant at the LIS by Lesaffre site in Cérences (Normandy), the installation of a wind turbine at the Algist Bruggeman site in Belgium, and the signature in November 2022 of a 15-year partnership with ENGIE Solutions for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a waste heat recovery unit at the Lesaffre site in Marcq-en-Barœul.
Benefiting from this green energy from a local producer was an obvious choice. By investing more and more to reduce its carbon footprint, Lesaffre is committed to sustainable and responsible growth, illustrating its mission to work together to better nourish and protect the planet,” says Jean-Philippe Poulin, Lesaffre’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy General Manager.