The Federal Ministry of Environment has commended Nigerian Breweries Plc following the successful launch of a world class 663.6 kWp Solar Power Plant for its Ibadan brewery operation.
The Minister of Environment,Mr. Muhammad Mahmood who was represented by the Director General, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Prof.Adeshola Adepoju gave the commendation in a goodwill message at the formal commissioning ceremony of the Solar Power Plant recently.
Mahmood described the initative as an important milestone in tackling the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability in the country. “This admirable initiative will significantly contribute to effectively tackling climate change, while enhancing energy security. It will also help in creating jobs, reducing industrial carbon footprint, transiting to a low carbon resilient economy as well as making our economies more resilient to future energy crisis. It will also ensure a balance between development, economic, social and environmental sustainability for present and future generations”, he added
Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde commended the management of Nigerian Breweries Plc for investing in a solar plant that would promote environmental sustainability, stating that his administration would continue to play its part by supporting businesses domiciled in the state to grow.
In her own remarks, the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor equally applauded the company on the groundbreaking project describing it as a significant landmark for renewable energy access/utilization for manufacturing businesses in Nigeria.
“All hands must be on deck to accelerate action that would reduce carbon emission and protect the environment. Today, NB Plc is taking a very bold and ambitious step in the right direction with this Solar Power commissioning and the overall plan to transition 70% of electricity use in its brewery production to renewable energy. This is a win-win plan as it not only supports climate change mitigation through reduced carbon emission but it would also help the company save money in the long run. This is in addition to the new jobs and opportunities this creates for our teeming youth in Nigeria”, she added.
Delivering his keynote speech, the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel described the project as a first of its kind in the manufacturing sector as Nigerian Breweries is the first brewer in Nigeria to commission a solar power plant providing renewable, clean energy for manufacturing.
Bel disclosed that in addition to this solar plant in Ibadan, the company is already developing other renewable energy plants in its other breweries to ensure that 70% of electricity used in all of its breweries are powered from clean sources.
“We are not only interested in being Number 1 in Sales and profitability. We also want to be number 1 in environmental sustainability – ensuring that the communities where our breweries are located benefit from our operations in the best possible way” he said.
“Apart from developing renewable energies to ensure cleaner air, we are also investing heavily in ensuring cleaner water for our communities. As such, we have taken great pains to build a state of the art, waste water treatment plant in our breweries to ensure that we do not cause water pollution. All wastewater produced from the brewery are properly treated and monitored in line with regulatory requirements before they are discharged, making them safe and not harmful to acquatic life and the environment in general”, he added.