Puratos Malaysia recently completed installation of 628 solar PV panels covering around 14,778 sq.ft. of rooftop areas of its manufacturing plant, which is now powered by green energy since October.
"We are ready to produce renewable energy this year to offset our carbon footprint on the environment. We also want to be the forefront of this initiative in the country,” said Foo Mei Lai, operations director of Puratos Malaysia.
Puratos Malaysia is part of Puratos Group, a 101-year-old Belgian-based manufacturer of ingredients for bakery, patisserie and chocolates. The group has subsidiaries in 71 countries, with 64 production units in 47 countries.
The Puratos Group emitted 100,000 tons of CO2 in 2018 and has committed l to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, with water usage fully-controlled by 2030.
In line with this global initiative, Puratos Malaysia has tapped NEFIN to install the solar energy panels at its production plant.
NEFIN provides customised systems that helps multinational companies across Asia Pacific to achieve carbon neutrality. Founded by a core management team from DuPont Solar Business, NEFIN was started by multi-disciplinary solar experts with extensive experience in bringing renewable energy projects to successful operation.
"We are pleased to partner with NEFIN on this solar project who are experts in bespoke solar energy development. At Puratos, we are committed to environmental sustainability. This project echoes our ongoing initiative in creating a positive environmental impact through carbon neutrality," said Foo.
"The partnership with Puratos has been a very refreshing one for the team," said Bor Hung Chong, Managing Partner, NEFIN Malaysia. "We really value Puratos and their long-term vision to build a sustainable work environment for Puratos employees and other stakeholders including overall society."
Throughout the project, the NEFIN team has encountered a lot of unprecedented challenges as a result of the pandemic. Different teams had to stop work several times throughout the year to comply with the movement control order implemented by the Malaysian government.
"We really appreciate the effort of the Puratos team and the accommodations they made for us in order to realise the project within this year. We look forward to further collaboration with Puratos in Malaysia and also internationally. Next, we will be installing a larger scale of solar panels for Puratos plants in Thailand,” Chong added.