Contract to purchase sustainable gas produced from fish and food waste

Interface, a leading carpet tile manufacturer and environmental pioneer, will switch to using 100% sustainable gas at its manufacturing plant in Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands, from 1 January 2014. The carpet tile manufacturer has signed a contract for sustainable energy supplier Eneco to supply gas produced using certified ‘green’ waste from the food industry, provided by fish processor A. van de Groep.

Interface is already using green energy across its European manufacturing sites and the decision to use sustainable gas forms part of the company’s long-term ‘Mission Zero’ sustainability goal. As a result of this contract, Interface will receive all of its gas via Eneco, amounting to 2.3 million m3 per year, which is equivalent to the amount of gas used by 750 households annually. 

Ton van Keken, Senior Vice President of Operations at Interface Europe, said: “We are excited about our partnership with A. van de Groep and Eneco. The transition to sustainable gas is the next logical step on our journey towards ‘Mission Zero’ - our goal to become a truly sustainable company and have zero impact on the environment by 2020. By using a combination of green energy and biogas, our European headquarters and our factory in Scherpenzeel will become almost CO2 neutral and waste, in this case from the food and fish industries, will be used in a way that benefits business.”

Barth de Klerk, Director at Eneco Business, said: “Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ goal fits seamlessly with our mission at Eneco, to provide everyone in the Netherlands with sustainably produced energy. By feeding the biogas that is being produced by A. van de Groep to our grid, we can supply Interface with sustainable gas. It is wonderful that through this project all businesses involved can fulfill aspects of their corporate social responsibility.”

Biomass | News published on 09/12/2013 by Gisela Bühl

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