NETHERLANDS – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) and Commodity Centre Group (CCG), a leader in supply chain, logistics, and warehousing solutions in the UK and Northern Europe, have joined forces to create a sustainable cocoa bean warehouse terminal exclusively powered by green energy at the Port of Amsterdam.
The partnership involves the installation of nearly 7,000 solar panels at the warehouse, aiming to reduce 1,350 tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to the carbon absorption of 67,500 trees.
The solar-powered warehouse is a significant step toward decarbonization in OFI’s cocoa value chain. The company expects the warehouse to also be certified carbon-neutral in the future.
Chris Beetge, President of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa at OFI, highlighted the company’s commitment to environmental goals: “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.”
The facility plays a crucial role in delivering high-quality cocoa beans to global confectionery brand customers. Employing an innovative conveyor belt system, cocoa is directed into one of the 110 available pens, facilitating greater segregation for flavor preservation, quality maintenance, and traceability.
Alec Gunn, CEO of Commodity Centre Group, said: “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.”
This initiative aligns with OFI’s sustainability ambition for cocoa, known as Cocoa Compass, which includes a goal of achieving a 30 percent reduction in natural capital costs by 2030.
In 2021, OFI successfully reduced these costs in its global cocoa processing operations by 11 percent per metric ton of product output, partly through investments in renewable energy initiatives.
In addition to the solar-powered warehouse, OFI has been actively implementing sustainable practices, such as the installation of circular biomass boilers in coffee processing factories in the Netherlands and Germany in 2023.
These boilers utilize cocoa shells, a by-product of the production process, as fuel to generate steam, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
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