Iberdrola and HEINEKEN sign a partnership to produce its products using only renewable energy

Iberdrola and HEINEKEN España have added to their commitment to sustainability as a strategic thrust in their businesses by signing the first long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) in Spain between an electricity supplier and a brewing group.

The agreement signed by the two companies will contribute to the construction of a new photovoltaic plant in Andévalo, which will guarantee the supply of green electricity for at least 11 years to the four factories and offices of HEINEKEN España. The plant wwill become operational in 2020, in PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) mode, avoiding the mission into the atmosphere of over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Andévalo forms part of Iberdrola’s strategy of investing in clean power generation projects in Spain – where it plans to install 3,000 MW by 2022 – and its commitment to using bilateral agreements with big customers who are committed to sustainable consumption as a way to promote the supply of energy at affordable, stable prices.

For HEINEKEN España, this partnership will allow it to be the first brewer in the country to commit to producing its beer using only renewable energies by 2023. To achieve this, HEINEKEN is implementing an ambitious road map which, among other initiatives, encompasses a 100% renewable electricity supply.

Located in the municipality of Puebla de Guzmán (Huelva) and with a surface area of 150 ha., the project will have an installed capacity of 50 MW and will consist of 147,000, 340 Wp polycrystalline silicon modules that will generate 82 GWh/yr. The plant will be built inside the biggest wind farm in continental Europe, El Andévalo (292 MW), developed and managed by Iberdrola since 2010.

“PPAs open up new opportunities for the development of energies that will set the standard for the world’s energy future. Renewables have proven their competitive advantage and their ability to supply power at affordable, stable prices, as well as bringing stability to the company’s investments in renewable projects. In the long?term, PPAs will rise as an instrumental tool in managing the power supply for large consumers who are committed to achieving green and sustainable consumption” explained Ángeles Santamaria, CEO of Iberdrola España.

“This initiative reaffirms HEINEKEN España’s commitment to sustainability, is an example of our ambition to become the greenest brewery and will consolidate our leadership as the benchmark for the brewing industry. The Andévalo plant forms part of a plan that will allow us to make all our products using only renewable energy by 2023, making HEINEKEN España a benchmark for the industry”, said the Chairman of HEINEKEN España, Guillaume Duverdier.

In addition to its environmental impact, the new solar photovoltaic installation will contribute to reactivating employment in the local community. The initiative spearheaded by Iberdrola and HEINEKEN could create between 600 and 800 jobs during the construction phase.

Iberdrola's plan to relaunch clean energy in Spain 

The Andévalo photovoltaic project forms part of the company’s commitment to strengthening its investment in the production of clean energy in Spain, by installing 3,000 new MW by 2022. By 2030, company forecasts point to the installation of 10,000 new megawatts (MW). The plan will create jobs for 20,000 people.

Iberdrola’s commitment is to lead the transition toward a completely carbon-free economy by promoting renewable energies and accelerating investment in Spain, where it intends to spend 8 billion euros between 2018 and 2022.

Iberdrola is the most prolific producer of wind energy in Spain, with installed power of 5,770 MW, while its total installed renewable capacity, including both wind and hydroelectric, is 15,828 MW. The company operates 883 MW in Andalusia, mainly using wind power. Globally, Iberdrola’s installed renewable capacity is over 30,300 MW, which makes its generation fleet one of the cleanest in the energy sector.

Iberdrola is a global reference point in the area of PPAs and has long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) in markets that include Spain, United States and Mexico, with wind and photovoltaic power projects totalling over 1,500 MW. In Spain, the company has been a pioneer in promoting this type of agreement with companies from various sectors (banking, telecommunications, distribution and sports brands).

For further details: What is a PPA and what are the main benefits?.

Beer brewed 100% using renewable energy: the commitment from HEINEKEN España

After covering all the demand for electricity from its factories in Spain with the development of this new solar photovoltaic installation, HEINEKEN’s plan focuses on replacing its current gas boilers with others that use renewable energy in order to bring about its commitment to making its beers using only renewable energy by 2023.

These measures form part of its sustainability strategy Brewing a Better World, which encapsulates the environmental, social and financial responsibility of the greenest brewer on the planet to contributing to the the common, global goal of eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity.

The plan focuses on six priority areas in which the company considers that its activities can make the most positive impact. Among them is the fight against climate change by reducing the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, a commitment on which HEINEKEN España has made great progress in recent years by reducing its carbon footprint by 64% since 2008. In 2018, the company succeeded in meeting the 2020 goals two years ahead of schedule, setting new challenges for 2030 in the areas of production, cooling and packaging in order to meet the commitments of the Paris Accord (COP 21) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (GDS), among which is the commitment to using only renewable energy for the entire production of its beers by 2023.