Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, has strengthened its commitment to sustainable and environmentally-friendly manufacturing by switching to 100% solar electricity at its largest site in North America. The site in Franklinton, North Carolina, which employs 700 people, is one of the world’s largest enzyme manufacturing plants.
“This is a first step in supporting the expansion of renewable electricity in North Carolina, while helping Novozymes, the world’s largest industrial biotechnology company, realize its ambitious, global sustainability targets,” says Brian Brazeau, Novozymes’ President for North America.
Electricity for the plant will be partially covered via the Fox Creek Solar Project, located in Louisburg, approximately 10 miles away from the Novozymes site. Together with electricity from another similar project in nearby Nash County, 100% of Novozymes’ electricity requirements for the Franklinton site will be met through solar energy. The renewably-sourced electricity supply is secured through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from each project. In this way, Novozymes supports the solar energy industry.
Setting sustainability standards
With a focus on optimizing sustainability in its own production processes, Novozymes has a global goal of halving its CO2 emissions by 2030. This includes switching to the use of 100% renewable electricity for its operations.
“We have ambitious goals, we are proud of our progress, and we hope that our efforts will encourage other companies to do the same,” adds Brian Brazeau. “However, as an organization, we can also do more by supporting market-based policies that make it easier for companies to directly source renewable electricity – and together secure more sustainable manufacturing.”
Facts: Renewable Energy Certificates and Novozymes in North America
Novozymes Contact: Frederik Bjoerndal | +1-646-671-3897 | TFBH@novozymes.com