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DSM join forces with AkzoNobel, Google and Philips in a long-term renewable energy commitment

Sittard, NL, 14 Oct 2016 16:30 CEST

A unique partnership has been set up in the Netherlands in which four leading companies have made a longterm agreement to jointly source power from renewable energy projects. As part of this partnership, the first agreement is to buy power from a Windpark Krammer, established by two cooperatives with together 4000 members in the province of Zeeland and the island of Goeree-Overflakkee. With this initiative the companies significantly contribute to deliver on the Dutch renewable energy target of 14% in 2020 that was agreed in the Dutch Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth in 2013.
Windpark Krammer

AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips are announcing today a new partnership to jointly buy renewable electricity to power part of their operations in The Netherlands. Faced with demanding goals to meet sustainability targets, the four companies formed this consortium two years ago, to explore market opportunities together. This represents a new approach for corporations to enter into renewable Power Purchase Agreements. As a first step in their long-term collaboration, AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips have agreed to source a total of 350.000.000 kWh a year from Windpark Krammer once it becomes operational in 2019. This is equivalent to the total annual consumption of 100,000 households. The agreement is both crucial for the funding of the windpark and for the sustainable ambitions of all four companies. It’s the first time in the Netherlands that a group of multinational companies has teamed up with local citizens to create what is effectively a consumer-to-business energy partnership.

"This is a unique ‘bottom-up’ collaboration that is a perfect fit for DSM as a company that has sustainability in the core of its strategy. In this case local citizens have taken the initiative to drive the development of local renewable capacity for themselves and a consortium of 4 large-scale energy users, including DSM. This bottom-up approach is an interesting, win-win model, because highly engaged individuals, industrial-scale users, windfarm developers and the national Dutch renewable target all benefit", says Atzo Nicolaï, President DSM Netherlands. “Sourcing renewable electricity in this way will help us deliver on DSM’s global commitment to source at least half of our purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025. To deliver on the Paris climate agreement goal of reducing the temperature increase to well below 2° Celsius, it is key that we join forces and build innovative partnerships like the one with Windpark Krammer.”

Added Tijmen Keesmaat, Managing Director of Windpark Krammer: “This is a great achievement. When we started working on the concept eight years ago, we did not foresee that we would be able to provide sustainable power not only to our members, but also to multinational companies. It is particularly great that we deliver directly to end users and that we cut out the middleman. This collaboration is energy transition on a complete new level and we are proud that we can play an important role in the new energy landscape".

About Windpark Krammer

Windpark Krammer is the largest citizen’s initiative of the Netherlands. The more than 4,000 members of the cooperatives and Zeeuwind and Deltawind have taken the initiative to develop this windpark on and around the Krammersluizen in the Dutch province of Zeeland. The park produces enough energy to supply more than 100,000 households with green electricity. The park is truly by and for the region. Local sustainable initiatives are supported with the Wind Fund and the (sub) contractors involve local subcontractors during construction.