Eoly produces more and more renewable energy
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 plants. And the only way is up!
60 % more green electricity in five years
The figures from the last five years show a very positive trend. In 2019, our wind turbines and solar installations already produced 60 % more green electricity than in 2015. The annual production rose to 69,250 MWh, covering the average annual consumption of 19,786 families and avoiding 16,412 tonnes CO₂ emissions.
Cogeneration: electricity and heat at the same time
We installed a cogeneration plant at our logistics sites Dassenveld (Halle), Ghislenghien and Stroppen (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 2019, our three cogeneration plants produced 7,020 MWh electricity and about as much thermal energy. That figure will be a lot higher at the end of 2020, because the Ghislenghien and Stroppen plants have only been operational since November 2019.Read more
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.