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DSM Commissions New Biomass Plant at Vitamin Production Facility

| Editor: Alexander Stark

The biomass power plant supplies steam to the production facility of DSM Nutritional Products in Sisseln and other non-DSM production sites.
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The biomass power plant supplies steam to the production facility of DSM Nutritional Products in Sisseln and other non-DSM production sites. (Source: DSM)

Royal DSM announced that it reduces its CO2 emissions at its vitamin production facility in Sisseln, Switzerland, by 50,000 tons/year through a new biomass heat and power plant on the site.

Sisseln/Switzerland — The power plant was built, is owned and will be operated and maintained by energy company Engie and Swiss energy provider ewz. The company's vitamin site in Sisseln produces amongst other things igh-quality Vitamin A and E (Quali-A and Quali-E) for customers worldwide.

The biomass power plant supplies steam to the production facility of DSM Nutritional Products in Sisseln and other non-DSM production sites. The renewable electricity — enough to power 17,500 local households — is fed into the public grid. The plant will generate 267 GWh of steam and 42 GWh of renewable electricity per year and will be one of Switzerland’s largest and most efficient biomass power plants.

The new heat and power plant is part of the company's commitment to reducing 30 % of its greenhouse gas emissions from direct production and purchased energy in absolute terms by 2030 compared to 2016. DSM will decouple emissions from its growth through energy efficiency measures and sourcing more renewable electricity. As a complementary target, the manufacturer will be purchasing 75 % of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, with 41 % already being renewable in 2018.

Other initiatives include the 40 % renewable purchased electricity in the US through wind power agreements with Next Era Energy Resources in Minco, Oklahoma and the 100 % renewable purchased electricity in the Netherlands through agreements with windfarm Krammer, Bouwdokken and energy supplier Eneco.

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