Kraft Heinz Initiates Groundbreaking Green Hydrogen Energy Project in the UK with Carlton Power

  • Kraft Heinz collaborates with Carlton Power for a renewable green hydrogen initiative at the UK’s Kitt Green plant, marking a significant step in sustainability efforts.
  • The project, expected to supply over 50% of the plant’s energy needs, will significantly reduce carbon emissions, supporting Kraft Heinz’s commitment to net zero by 2050.
  • Pending approvals and financing, the £40 million scheme aims for a 2026 start, highlighting a major UK industry shift towards hydrogen energy for environmental benefits.

Kraft Heinz, in a strategic move towards environmental sustainability, has announced a partnership with Carlton Power, a leader in UK energy infrastructure, to explore the development of a renewable green hydrogen energy plant at its Kitt Green manufacturing facility in Wigan, Greater Manchester. This collaboration marks Kraft Heinz’s first venture into green hydrogen energy, underlining its dedication to reducing carbon emissions and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

The proposed 20MW hydrogen plant at Kitt Green, renowned as one of Europe’s largest food processing sites, is set to transform over 50% of the facility’s annual energy consumption to renewable sources. This shift is anticipated to reduce carbon emissions by 16,000 tons per year, leveraging wind and solar-generated electricity for hydrogen production.

Eric Adams from Carlton Power expressed enthusiasm about assisting Kraft Heinz in its decarbonization journey, emphasizing the importance of such projects for British manufacturing’s environmental goals. Jojo Lins De Noronha of Kraft Heinz Northern Europe shared the company’s excitement about this significant step towards their global net zero ambitions, highlighting the project’s role in promoting renewable energy adoption:

“Our agreement with Carlton Power is an important step forward in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve our global goal of net zero emissions by 2050, with a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. We’re excited to partner together to develop our first, renewable hydrogen energy project globally and hope to see more projects like these in the future.”

Jojo Lins De Noronha, President, Northern Europe, The Kraft Heinz Company 

Subject to necessary planning approval and financial backing, including potential support from the UK government’s Hydrogen Production Business Model, the project is poised for a 2026 operational launch. Over the forthcoming months, Kraft Heinz and Carlton Power will focus on securing planning permission and financial incentives to ensure the project’s viability and success.

This initiative not only underscores Kraft Heinz’s commitment to environmental stewardship but also positions Carlton Power at the forefront of the UK’s transition to a hydrogen economy. The project aligns with broader efforts to support the UK industry’s move towards cleaner energy sources, contributing to national net zero targets.

For more details on Kraft Heinz’s sustainability journey and future climate ambitions, including the full report on this groundbreaking project, visit the Kraft Heinz and Carlton Power websites.

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