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Novozymes switches to renewable electricity in North America

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Novozymes 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 realize its ambitious, global sustainability targets,” said 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.

Novozymes’ innovation revolves around realizing sustainability. Its technologies, microbes and enzymes that are optimized for use in industry, enable customers to replace chemicals, accelerate production processes, save energy, and generate less waste. 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,” added 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.”

 

Photo caption: The site in Franklinton. Novozymes has been present in North Carolina with operations since 1969 and today employs approximately 700 employees at its site in Franklinton.

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