Via our colleagues at FarmConsult, we heard about the preparations of the five dairy farmers. Because the initiative fits in very well with the sustainability objectives of our Going Circular strategy, the decision was taken to become a partner in the project.
Pieter Wolleswinkel, Director of ForFarmers Netherlands: “We have strong ambitions to make our own production and logistics more sustainable. Certain steps in the production process of our animal feed require steam. To heat the steam boiler, we can now use locally generated biogas, a sustainable - even circular - alternative to natural gas. We are proud that we can work together within the sector, and even with our customers, to use this alternative in our factory in Deventer. This fits well with our sustainability strategy 'Going Circular', in which we want to close cycles. With this project, manure will be upgraded to energy that we use within the sector and in this way we can close this cycle.”
The factory in Deventer is not the first location to use renewable energy. The Lochem plant also already uses renewable energy for steam production. For this purpose, a biomass plant fired with local waste wood was put into operation in 2019. There are also solar panels on the roof.