ofi and CCG collaborate on green energy

olam food ingredients (ofi) and Commodity Centre Group (CCG) have partnered to create a cocoa bean warehouse terminal exclusively using green energy at the Port of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

ofi and CCG jointly achieved this by installing almost 7000 solar panels at the warehouse, which could lead to the reduction of 1350 tonnes of CO2 per year. This translates to the equivalent of 67,500 trees absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and utilises roof space in the region of two football pitches in size to maximise green energy usage. The company expects the warehouse to also be certified carbon-neutral in the future.

The warehouse is essential for helping ofi deliver high-quality cocoa beans to its global confectionery customers. Using a conveyor belt system, cocoa is directed into one of the 110 available pens, creating bulk micro lots managed by CCG. Not only does this enable greater segregation of beans to preserve their flavour, but it also helps maintain quality and traceability. The company believes it is one of the only systems like this in existence and thanks to the solar installation, the process now exclusively uses renewable energy.

This latest move is part of ofi’s ambition for sustainable cocoa, Cocoa Compass, which sets ambitious goals – including a 30% reduction in natural capital costs by 2030. The company reduced these costs in 2021 in its global cocoa processing operations by 11% per metric ton of product output, partly due to investments in renewable energy initiatives. For example, it installed two circular biomass boilers at its processing facilities in the Netherlands and Germany, which was recently shortlisted for an Edie sustainability award.

“We’re always looking at ways to drive decarbonisation across our cocoa value chain from the farm to our processing facilities and warehouses,” said Chris Beetge, President of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, ofi. “The milestone of turning our Amsterdam warehouse operation solar-powered is another example of how we’re not only progressing towards our own environmental goals but also supporting those of our customers and the national climate agendas of the Netherlands and the EU.”

“Our Group has been working closely with ofi for over 35 years, providing logistics and warehouse solutions in multiple locations. Commodity Centre’s Amsterdam Falcon and Osprey Terminals are shining examples of our continued commitment to incorporating sustainable solutions within our operations,” added Alec Gunn, CEO of Commodity Centre Group.

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