Dutch independent terminal operator the HES Group has cut its CO2 emissions by 50% by switching seven of its 15 terminals to run on renewable energy.
HES Wilhelmshaven Tank Terminal in Germany and six terminals in the Netherlands – HES Hartel Tank Terminal in Rotterdam, HES Botlek Tank Terminal in Rotterdam, HES Botlek Tank terminal bitumen in Rotterdam, EMO dry bulk terminal in Rotterdam, EBS dry bulk terminal in Rotterdam, and OVET dry bulk terminal in Terneuzen and Vlissingen – all began using renewable energy on 1 January 2021. HES eventually plans to run all of its terminals on renewable energy.
HES says that most of the energy is European wind energy. It explains that it has purchased Guarantees of Origin (GoO), which enable the traceability of renewable energy by ensuring that the same amount of renewable electricity is generated and fed into the European grid as the amount consumed
The company has now appointed a sustainability manager, and is developing a long-term roadmap which will address climate change and other sustainability matters. The change to the use of renewable energy is the latest in HES’ efforts to cut its environmental impact, including shore power, installing solar panels and LED lighting, and using energy-efficient machinery. HES Botlek Tank Terminal and the French HES terminal Sosersid apply industrial symbiosis principles, using residual flows from neighbouring companies.