Nov 16, 2023

Cero Generation’s 70MW Italian agrivoltaic project goes live, backed by agreements with Philips and HEINEKEN

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Initiative will expand Philips’ network of facilities to procure renewable energy for its customers and its own operations, supporting its net zero ambitions

Located in Italy’s central region Lazio, Pontinia ingeniously combines solar power generation with agriculture, utilizing 65% of its 135 hectares for crops, presenting an efficient solution to land competition. Expected to power over 47,000 homes, Pontinia aims to reduce 40,000 tons of CO₂  annually, contributing to Italy’s goals to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 [1], and supporting the net zero ambitions of Cero Generation, Philips and HEINEKEN.

Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability at Philips, says: “There is a growing drive in the healthcare sector to limit our impact on the environment. We are committed to decreasing emissions across the entire healthcare value chain and lowering the industry's substantial carbon footprint through innovative solutions and collaborations, while advancing towards a circular economy. The Pontinia initiative will expand our network of facilities that allow us to procure renewable energy for both our customers and our own operations.”

Philips has been carbon neutral in its operations since 2020. It recently became the first health technology company to have CO₂ emission reduction targets for its entire value-chain approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The company is actively teaming up with suppliers and customers to help reduce the healthcare industry’s significant carbon footprint. This new PPA agreement will support Philips in helping hospitals control their emissions and reset their carbon footprint.

The full press release can be found here.



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