100 % renewable electricity, 100 % self-generated
Colruyt Group only uses electricity from renewable sources such as wind and sun, thus avoiding a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. We generate all our green power ourselves, with our own installations and through participations in various energy companies.
100 % green power
All Colruyt Group sites and activities in Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Hong Kong run on 100% green power. In Belgium this has been the case since 2010. And the green power we use is 100 % self-generated. On the one hand, we produce electricity with solar installations and wind turbines on our store and logistics sites. On the other hand, we buy power from offshore wind farms, co-owned by Colruyt Group.
By investing further in renewable energy, our aim is that by 2030 at least 60 % of all the energy we consume comes from renewable sources.
consumption of electricity from renewable sources in 2021
energy consumption from renewable sources in 2021
Locally produced power
We generate our own electricity on many of our sites, for example with solar panels on the stores or wind turbines next to logistics centres. This power is used (mostly) directly on site. Any surpluses are put on the public grid, for which we receive Guarantees of Origin. Annually, the locally produced power covers approximately half of our total electricity needs.
We cover the other half of our power needs with green power produced offshore, using Guarantees of Origin. These certificates prove that the energy was effectively generated from renewable sources. We buy them from the Belgian offshore wind farm Nobelwind, which we co-own through our participation in energy holding Virya Energy. In this way, the group runs entirely on self-generated green power.
As a shareholder of Virya Energy, we participate in other offshore wind farms. Together, on average, they produce up to four times more green power – allocated to Colruyt Group – than we consume ourselves.
Toward ‘greener’ green power
The CO2 emissions from electricity generation using solar panels and wind turbines are almost zero. Nevertheless, we are committed to making even more progress by making the production, transport, construction and recycling of wind turbines and solar panels carbon-free. However, the CO2 emissions avoided from these installations are many times greater than the emissions associated with their production and installation.