September 19, 2017
FrieslandCampina initiative gets subsidy for manure monofermentation at dairy farms
The Netherlands' Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, has granted a EUR130 million (US$156 million) SDE+ subsidy to FrieslandCampina's Cooperative Jumpstart for the installation of 103 manure monofermentation systems at dairy farms, As a founder of Cooperative Jumpstart, FrieslandCampina intends through this initiative to make a contribution to the reduction of CO2 emission and the objective of climate-neutral growth in 2020.
Cooperative Jumpstart currently has 68 candidates for membership. These dairy farmers are the first eligible for the SDE+ subsidy that has now been made available.
The other SDE+ subsidies will be assigned in the order of registration of new prospective members. At this moment, different types of manure monofermentation systems are used that correspond with the size of the farm and that make it possible to achieve the outdoor grazing objectives.
In order to be able to guarantee dairy farmers that the performance of the systems will meet the technical and economical expectations, a limited number of each type of systems will be installed to help generate operations experience. Subsequently, the other systems will be installed as from the summer of 2018. The membership of this independent cooperative is not limited to members of FrieslandCampina only; non-members are welcome to participate.
Reducing methane emissions and generating green energy
Manure monofermentation contributes to the reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases in two ways, being by reducing the methane volume and secondly, by generating green energy. Besides being used by farmers in their own farms, a part of the green energy - generated by means of manure monofermentation - will be used to meet electricity demand of FrieslandCampina production locations and offices in the Netherlands. 103 of these systems will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by over 70,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. The figure is equal to 31,000 fewer cars on the roads or the equivalent of 670,000 solar panels.
Climate-neutral growth in 2020
FrieslandCampina focuses on its route2020 strategy, with its purpose of "nourishing by nature" for future generations. This serves a impetus for the company to invest in sustainable long-term growth and in the financial health of FrieslandCampina. The aim is to achieve climate-neutral growth and reduce the use of scarce natural resources such as water, raw materials and fossil fuels.
The ambition of FrieslandCampina is to generate sufficient green energy at the farmyards to fully cover the use of electricity within the chain and so make a contribution to achieving the objective of climate-neutral growth in 2020.
In order to be able to reach this goal, FrieslandCampina has also started initiatives in the areas of solar panels, geothermal energy and energy savings.
In addition to the above-mentioned initiatives, FrieslandCampina also stimulates the production of green energy by offering dairy farmers a EUR10 (US$12) bonus for each tonne of reduction of CO2 emission.