Te­tra Pak plans to boost green power

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By YUAN HUI in Ho­hhot, In­nerMon­go­lia and ZHAO YANRONGin Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at yuan­hui@chi­nadaily.com.cn and zhaoy­an­rong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Te­tra Pak, the Swedish food pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing gi­ant, re­cently com­mit­ted it­self to in­crease its use of re­new­able elec­tric­ity from 20 per­cent to 100 per­cent across all of its global op­er­a­tions by 2030. One of Te­tra Pak’s pack­ag­ing plants in China has been play­ing a lead­ing role in reach­ing this am­bi­tious goal for seven years — thanks to the rapid de­vel­op­ment of two dairy com­pa­nies, Yili and Meng­niu, in In­nerMon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Te­tra Pak launched its fourth Chi­nese fac­tory in Ho­hhot, the cap­i­tal city of the re­gion. The plant is the most pro­duc­tive in the com­pany, ex­pect­ing to man­u­fac­ture 40 per­cent of Te­tra Pak’s to­tal out­put in the coun­try this year.

The fa­cil­ity re­lied en­tirely on re­new­able en­ergy by 2009, the first in China to achieve this. The es­ti­mated 20 mil­lion kWh of green power con­sumed on the site an­nu­ally is sup­plied pri­mar­ily from wind tur­bines.

Te­tra Pak’s Ho­hhot fac­tory’s use of green elec­tric­ity saves ap­prox­i­mately 16,000 tons of car­bon diox­ide per year, amount­ing to a cu­mu­la­tive re­duc­tion of 135,000 tons in to­tal by the end of 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to Liu Yun, fac­tory di­rec­tor of Te­tra Pak in Ho­hhot, the price of elec­tric­ity in In­ner Mon­go­lia is lower than in other re­gions of China. So, the adop­tion of green elec­tric­ity means a 50 per­cent in­crease in its op­er­at­ing cost.

“The price for green elec­tric­ity is 0.2 yuan ($0.03) per kWh higher than the price of tra­di­tional elec­tric­ity. Based on the agree­ments with the lo­cal govern­ment, the ex­tra pay­ment for the green power will be in­vested into the de­vel­op­ment of re­new­able power in the re­gion,” she said.

China had 137 gi­gawatts of in­stalled wind power ca­pac­ity as of the end of June, a 30 per­cent in­crease year-onyear. Wind-power use fell about 9 per­cent from last year, due to wastage, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Te­tra Pak’s Liu said the de­vel­op­ment of green elec­tric­ity re­quires co­op­er­a­tion be­tween en­ter­prises and a bet­ter mech­a­nism could be set up for en­cour­ag­ing more transna­tional cor­po­ra­tions to adopt re­new­able power.

the amount of car­bon diox­ide Te­tra Pak’s Ho­hhot fac­tory’s use of green elec­tric­ity save per year

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