AAK to install two 18 MW biomass boilers at Danish plant

AAK, a producer of vegetable oils and fats headquartered in Sweden, will invest SEK 500 million (€47.8 million) to install biomass boilers at its plant in Denmark.

The initiative is expected to reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by approximately 90%. The installation will also generate substantial savings, as fossil fuel will be replaced by shea meal, a by-product from the plant’s shea oil extraction process.

The facility in Aarhus has run a small biomass boiler as a pilot over the past five years. The positive results prompted the decision to invest in two new 18 MW boilers. Combined, the three boilers will cut CO2 emissions by more than 45,000 tons per year, leading to a 16% reduction in the company’s total Scope 1 emissions.

“AAK is fully committed to accelerating its reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and this initiative will definitely result in true progress,” said Johan Westman, president and CEO of AKK Group.

“Not least will it strongly contribute to delivering on the science-based targets, which we are in the process of setting.

“We work hard, together with our suppliers, to ensure a sustainable supply chain when sourcing our various raw materials. This investment shows we are equally committed to limiting the environmental impact of our own operations.”

The use of shea meal to fuel the boilers will also generate ash, which can be utilised for fertilising purposes.

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