GARCIA, Mexico – Wood coatings and finish specialist AkzoNobel said it is advancing its plan to cut carbon emissions by installing thousands of solar panels at two of its manufacturing facilities.
At its industrial coatings plant in Garcia, Mexico, it already has installed 1,650 solar panels, and in Barcelona, Spain, it is now installing 1,600 solar panels. The Barcelona project is expected to be completed at the end of January 2021 and will generate 15% of the sites overall energy consumption. Two other Spain facilities in Vilafranca and Vallirana also have solar panels.
The company said these are the latest efforts to help reduce its energy use by 30% and also shift to 100% renewable energy by 2030 as part of its “People. Planet. Paint.” sustainability initiatives.
“We’re already using renewable electricity at 33 of our locations in eight countries and have installed solar panels at 14 facilities,” said Wijnand Bruinsma, AkzoNobel’s program manager for sustainability. “The latest two projects will make an important contribution to our continuing efforts to significantly increase these numbers as we strive to achieve our ambition of cutting our emissions by 50% by 2030.”
The company said the Garcia installation covers more than 5,300 square meters of space and will generate 82% of the site’s energy requirements and is expected to eventually produce more energy than it normally consumes.
“We’re very happy to see this project come to life,” said Juan Francisco, the Garcia site manager. “Initiatives such as this will help Mexico contribute to the company’s ambition to become carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy. It’s very much aligned with our “People. Planet Paint.” approach and is a visible sign of positivity in these challenging times.”
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