Renewable energy keeps booming

In 1999, Colruyt Group took its first steps into the world of renewable energy, with our first wind turbine, then the tallest in Belgium. 20 years later, our sustainable energy specialist Eoly is coming out with some very positive figures. Because we now produce over a third of our total energy consumption in Belgium, thanks to our turbines, solar panels and cogeneration. And the only way is up!

Over 40% more green electricity in four years' time

The figures from the last four years show a very positive trend. In 2018, our wind turbines and solar installations already produced 43.8 % more green electricity than in 2015. The annual production rose to 62,300 MWh, covering the average annual consumption of 17,800 families and avoiding 14,753 tonnes CO₂ emissions. 

Cogeneration: electricity and heat at the same time

We installed a cogeneration plant in our distribution centre in Dassenveld (Halle). This uses natural gas to generate electricity and heat at the same time. The thermal energy heats the buildings and provides hot water. And we also use the electricity on site. In 2018, the cogeneration plant produced 6,400 MWh electricity and as much thermal energy.

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Cogeneration
A distribution centre is the ideal location for an installation like this. We use a lot of hot water and heating the large buildings also takes quite a lot of additional heat.

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Affordable and clean energy Climate action