The Romanian arm of French multinational utility company Engie said that it has signed a contract with the local branch of French building materials group Saint-Gobain to build a 8.6 MWp photovoltaic park at its factory in Calarasi, southern Romania.
Saint-Gobain Romania will use all energy produced in the park built by Engie for its own needs, the two companies said in a joint press release.
The ground-mounted photovoltaic panels will provide around 20% of the energy needed for the operation of Saint-Gobain's glass plant in Calarasi, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 2,400 tonnes per year. The amount of the renewable energy produced is estimated at more than 14,000 MWh per year.
The partners did not disclose the amount and the timeline of the investment.
"The partnership with Saint-Gobain is another step towards consolidating our expertise in offering tailor-made green solutions to our customers," Engie Romania CEO Eric Stab said.
The project is part of the two companies' decarbonisation drive. At the global level, the Saint-Gobain Group is committed to reduce carbon emissions by 33% by 2030 as compared to 2017, while Engie plans to become carbon neutral by 2045.
"For Saint-Gobain, sustainability is one of our top priorities and this investment is a further step in achieving our environmental objectives in Romania, substantially contributing to the reduction of our carbon footprint, in line with our Grow & Impact strategic plan, which underlines our firm commitment to protect existing resources and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050," Saint-Gobain Romania CEO Ovidiu Pascutiu said.
Saint-Gobain Group operates in 75 countries worldwide and has over 180,000 employees.
In Romania, Saint-Gobain employs over 1,800 and offers a complete range of solutions and systems, with several production lines manufacturing gypsum, mineral wool, mortars, building and automotive glass, and abrasives in 13 industrial sites.
France's Engie Group is present in Romania in natural gas, electricity and energy services, and employs 4,050. Engie Romania owns companies Distrigaz Sud Retele, ENGIE Servicii, Alizeu Eolian, Braila Winds and Tulcea Gaz, serving a total of 1.922 million customers.
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