Innogy To Power Asahi’s Polish Breweries With Wind Power

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Today, Kompania Piwowarska SA, owned by Asahi Breweries Europe Group, signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with innogy to switch production to 100% renewable electricity: Kompania Piwowarska’s three Polish breweries will use renewable power produced by innogy’s Polish Nowy Staw wind farm to cover its power needs.

Asahi Breweries Europe Group operates three breweries in Poland – Tyskie Browary Książęce in Tychy, the Dojlidy Brewery in Białystok and Lech Browary Wielkopolski in Poznań – through the local subsidiary Kompania Piwowarska, who is the leader of the Polish beer industry.

The long-term contract will run for 10 years – from 2020 to 2029. From 2020, innogy’s Nowy Staw onshore wind farm close to Gdansk (73 megawatts) will supply 30 GWh (gigawatt hours) annually to Kompania Piwowarska, covering about 40% of the breweries’ electricity needs. From 2021, it is planned that Nowy Staw will cover 100% of Asahi’s Polish breweries’ power requirements through the planned expansion of the existing wind farm by up to 11 megawatts. innogy plans to start building the Nowy Staw extension in 2020 and to bring it online in 2021. From then on Nowy Staw will supply up to 80 GWh per year to the three Polish breweries. This is the first time that a PPA has been signed in Poland for supply from a planned wind farm that is not benefiting from any state supported mechanisms to produce renewable energy.

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Holger Himmel, CFO Renewables at innogy SE: “This deal is exemplary for the modern, competitive renewable energy world: It allows Asahi to run their production business in Poland in a climate-friendly manner by significantly cutting carbon emissions. It also enables us to expand our wind farm based on a Power Purchase Agreement, meaning that no state subsidies will be involved. Together, we are demonstrating how climate protection is possible under market conditions. Our aim is to continue to expand renewables worldwide, by working on PPA-based projects and partnerships such as this one with Asahi and Kompania Piwowarska.”

Paolo Lanzarotti, CEO Asahi Breweries Europe Group: “I am excited that as soon as in 2021, we will be brewing a third of our volume in Central Europe with 100% renewable electricity. This is the equivalent of 3 billion beer bottles every year. In Poland, we will thus be able to reduce our carbon footprint by 66% compared to 2019. This deal is a significant commitment that not only helps us come closer to the Asahi Group ambition of becoming carbon neutral across whole supply chain by 2050, but also lays the ground for innogy to invest in a new onshore construction project that will support Poland’s transition towards renewable energy.”

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The deal is a part of Asahi’s sustainability strategy, supporting the ambition to become carbon neutral across the whole supply chain by 2050.

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