With around 3,200 of modules installed, the PV system will generate approximately 2,450 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable electricity annually, realising significant cost savings for Imerys and reducing the company's carbon footprint by about 1,600 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting around 2,400 trees.
Under the agreement, TotalEnergies ENEOS will fully fund, install and operate the solar system while Imerys will pay only for the electricity generated for 25 years, avoiding any upfront costs.
Bruno Vandermarcq, Industrial VP of Imerys Performance Minerals Asia Pacific said, “We are delighted to have reached our first solar project in the Asia Pacific region with TotalEnergies ENEOS. The achievement of our Ipoh factory solar project will be the starting point for us to enhance Imerys' sustainable development goal. We'll accelerate the energy transition of our specialty minerals factories in Asia pacific region and provide our customers with lower carbon footprint and more competitive products to achieve a win-win solution.”
Eugene Wong, Purchasing Director of Imerys Performance Minerals Asia Pacific said, “Sustainable purchasing will contribute to Imerys' sustainability strategy. There is a specific need for Imerys to use an alternative energy source to generate electricity, and the cleanest energy that we can harness is solar energy. Sourcing sustainable and renewable resources is embedded in our work to help Imerys reduce product carbon footprint, minimize business risks and create competitive advantage. We will continue to integrate sustainable purchasing programs and take a holistic approach in dealing with suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of the purchased products and services, in supporting Imerys to achieve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals.”
Gavin Adda, Director of TotalEnergies ENEOS Renewables Distributed Generation Asia said, “We are delighted to be trusted by Imerys as the solar energy partner of choice and support its sustainability targets. TotalEnergies ENEOS provides its customers peace of mind from a technical, financial, and commercial perspective. We are dedicated to being a long-term energy partner for Imerys and welcome the opportunity to collaborate further in the future.”