A photovoltaic system that generates approximately 150 megawatt-hours of electricity per annum was installed on the roof of the Brenntag location in Mouscron, Belgium, in April 2014. More than 70% of this electricity is used for the local production processes, accounting for a good 20% of the location’s entire energy requirements on average. The surplus solar electricity, which is primarily generated at the weekend and in the summer, is fed into the public grid. Brenntag only has to cover the costs of maintaining the solar system, which was installed by an external service provider and is financed by means of third-party green energy certificates.
The warehouses at many locations in the Brenntag Latin America region have been designed to enable natural lighting. Many office buildings also receive natural light by means of so-called “solar tubes”. In Honduras, solar panels on the roof of the plant are used to heat water for production of Brenntag’s AGROFEED fertilizer; in Brazil, solar cells power street lighting on the company’s site.