Danone Lunarp in Sweden is switching from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to biomass.
The Danone Lunnarp plant is located in Österlen, Sweden, and is currently one of the largest companies to abandon fossil fuels in favor of bioenergy.
In collaboration with Adven Group, a leading provider of energy and water solutions in the Nordics and Baltics, Danone Lunnarp will switch from LPG to biomass for its process energy needs.
According to Adven, the conversion from LPG to biomass is based on a site-adapted design whereby already existing infrastructure will be reused.
The boiler house will be preserved, but the gas boiler will be replaced. The project will be launched in 2023.
About the company
The facility in Lunnarp started in the 1960s as a traditional dairy. The France-headed global dairy and food major Danone took over in 2010 and today the 140 employees at Österlen produce a completely plant-based range with the probiotic fruit and berry drink Proviva at the forefront.
Danone Lunnarp switched to 100 percent renewable electricity in 2019 and now the company plans to go further to become completely fossil-free as early as 2025.
Once operational, Danone Lunnarp estimates to achieve at least a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its Österlen dairy compared to the current situation.
Danone has long maintained a high level of environmental work and has recently been awarded a triple-A rating by the international non-profit organization Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its work.
The ambition on a global level is to achieve carbon dioxide (CO2) neutrality by 2050 at the latest. The management in Lunarp plans to achieve this target considerably earlier.
Sources of funding
The project is partially funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency through Klimatklivet (Climate Step), a government investment support for fossil-free future technology.
In the company managers confident that, in addition to contributing to the environment, this is a financially profitable investment.
Source: Bioenergy International.