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Romania 08.02.2024

Danone Romania Invests €1 Million in Solar Power Infrastructure for Bucharest Yogurt Factory

Source: The DairyNews
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Danone Romania has successfully completed a €1 million investment in the acquisition and installation of solar panels, a move set to cover 20% of the electricity consumption at its yogurt factory in Bucharest.
Danone Romania Invests €1 Million in Solar Power Infrastructure for Bucharest Yogurt Factory
The dairy giant has activated 2,350 photovoltaic panels situated on the roof and surrounding grounds of the yogurt facility in the Colentina neighborhood. This installation, boasting a combined power of 1,280 KWP, will generate 1,473 MWh annually, accounting for 20% of the overall electricity consumption.

During sun-drenched summer days, the solar energy production will entirely offset the factory's electricity needs throughout daylight hours. Bogdan Joița, Factory Director at Danone Romania, expressed pride in this eco-friendly initiative, stating, "This €1 million investment ensures 100% green energy for the factory during summer and 20% during winter, representing another stride forward in our commitment to sustainability."

This latest investment in the Bucharest factory follows a €4 million investment in early 2022, where Danone injected funds into a state-of-the-art packaging line, introducing plant-based packaging for Danone's drinking yogurts.

In 2023, Danone Romania aligned itself with the social sustainability movement by obtaining B Corp certification within the Central and Eastern Europe regional group. This group includes Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, and brings together over 6,000 companies worldwide that adhere to stringent standards in governance, employee welfare, environmental impact, community engagement, and consumer satisfaction.

Danone Romania, having acquired the Miorița dairy factory in Bucharest in 1996, has invested around €90 million in its continual modernization and technological advancement. The facility, where over 150 employees work, processes over 60,000 tons of milk annually, with approximately 90% sourced locally. The dairy products, plant-based alternatives, and specialized nutrition offerings from Danone are distributed not only to Romanian consumers but also to 13 other European markets.

In embracing sustainable practices and receiving B Corp certification, Danone Romania fortifies its commitment to environmental responsibility and consumer well-being.

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