Aug 17, 2021  Düsseldorf / Germany

Henkel site achieves 100 percent renewable energy

Henkel Fragrance Center converts its entire production to climate-neutral energy

The Henkel Fragrance Center in Krefeld, Germany, will from now on produce CO2-neutrally, making it the first Henkel site to switch its production entirely to climate-neutral energy. The research and production site covers its entire energy demand in production and research with green electricity and biogas. The conversion is an important step towards achieving Henkel's ambitious sustainability goals.

Since 1956, the Fragrance Center has been developing and producing fragrance innovations for Henkel brands worldwide, mainly for the Laundry & Home Care business unit.

Over the past ten years, Henkel has been able to reduce the site’s energy consumption from almost 3,000 megawatt hours to the current level of around 1,600 megawatt hours per year due to numerous sustainability measures and new installations.  Most of the energy is used by heating and ventilation systems. "We already obtain the electricity needed from hydropower – that means from a 100 percent renewable energy source," says site manager Marc-Steffen Schiedel. "As of this month, we also use biogas instead of natural gas to heat our buildings and facilities – around 800 megawatt hours-worth per year."

Pioneer for climate-neutral production

To become a climate-positive company by 2040, Henkel is pursuing an ambitious sustainability strategy. By 2030, the company wants to reduce the energy consumption at its sites worldwide by 75 percent per metric ton of product and aims to source 100 percent of the electricity used in production from renewable sources. At its second-largest site worldwide in Düsseldorf, Henkel already achieved an important milestone: the Laundry & Home Care production has already been fully converted to green electricity. As of July, renewable energy sources also cover the gas demand to produce liquid products and dishwasher tabs. At the next milestone in the beginning of 2022, Henkel will fully convert its energy-intensive detergent powder production to biogas

The Henkel Fragrance Center in Krefeld has completely converted its production and research to climate-neutral energy

The Fragrance Center develops and produces fragrance innovations for Henkel brands worldwide

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