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29 October 2021

Green light for heat supply from Twence to Grolsch

Grolsch and Twence can officially get started on laying the underground pipeline with which Twence will be supplying sustainable heat to Grolsch in 2022. The necessary permits for this pipeline and for the adjustments at Grolsch have been granted. This sustainable form of heat supply will reduce Grolsch's CO2 emissions by 72% (5,500 tons) per year. This is approximately equal to the emissions of about 1,800 households per year.

A green partnership
The future heat supply fits in well with Grolsch's ambition to be completely CO2 neutral by 2025. Koert van 't Hof, Corporate Affairs Director Grolsch: "Obtaining the permits is a huge step in the right direction. At the beginning of 2020 we already switched to 100% green electricity, reducing our CO2 emissions by 6,700 tons. Thanks to the intensive, good cooperation with Twence - supported by the municipality of Enschede and the province of Overijssel - we are now taking the next step in making our brewery more sustainable."
100% sustainable
Twence is also very pleased with the progress of the collaboration. Marc Kapteijn, Director of Twence: "Sustainable energy is the energy of the future. Twence is investing heavily in the supply of renewable energy. One of those investments is the laying of heat pipelines to companies that have a high demand for heat or cooling. The heat that we supply is generated from non-reusable waste wood (biomass) and is therefore entirely green. There is a drive at both Twence and Grolsch to contribute to the regional energy transition, and that makes this partnership enormously strong."
Sustainable heat by 2022
The heat generated at Twence will be delivered to Grolsch via an underground pipeline. At Grolsch, this heat will be used to heat the buildings and to heat pasteurizers and rinsing machines. The technical design and the study into the most optimal pipeline route for this heat supply were already worked out in 2020. The first part of the pipeline, from Twence to Ennatuurlijk's WarmteKrachtCentrale in Enschede, is already in place. Once the permit has been obtained, a start can be made on laying a 1.3-kilometer-long underground pipeline from the WarmteKrachtCentrale to Grolsch. The heat is expected to be delivered to the brewery by the end of 2022.