18/01/2023 – Borealis moves ever closer to goal of using renewable energy

Borealis and Verbund sign first long-term hydropower PPA

Borealis, a European leader in the recycling of polyolefins, and Verbund, Austria's leading energy company, have signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply the Borealis plant in Schwechat, Austria, with hydroelectric power with immediate effect.


Verbund will supply power generated from two of its own Austrian hydropower plants on the Danube River, in Abwinden-Asten ... © Verbund


... and Aschach, to Borealis operations in Schwechat, Austria. © Verbund


The annual supply of around 220 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity from renewable sources is comparable to the amount of energy required to power 50,000 Austrian households for one year. Verbund will supply power generated from two of its own Austrian hydropower plants on the Danube River, in Aschach and Abwinden-Asten. Verbund, as one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in Europe, generates around 97% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, and primarily from hydro.

The long-term agreement comes on the heels of the partners’ recently announced joint installation of a photovoltaic facility, also in Schwechat. The new PPA thus moves Borealis even closer to its goal of sourcing

100% renewable electricity for use in production in its major business areas of Polyolefins and Hydrocarbons by 2030. It is also a significant step towards decarbonisation: the renewable electricity generated within the

framework of the new PPA will reduce Scope 2 emissions generated by Borealis at its Schwechat site by approximately 75,000 tons/year. As defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Scope 2 emissions are greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated on site using electricity purchased or otherwise acquired, as well as emissions generated by steam, heat, and cooling.

“The ambitious sustainability targets set forth in our Borealis Strategy 2030 are rapidly coming into reach, thanks in great part to our cross-sector partnership with Verbund,” says Thomas Gangl, Borealis CEO.

“Thanks to the around 2,200 GWh to be delivered by way of this PPA to our Schwechat operations over the next ten years, we are on track to achieve our 2030 goal of using 100% of electricity from renewable sources. These efforts are core components in our aim to re-invent essentials for sustainable living.”

"We are delighted to have entered into this long-term strategic agreement with Borealis. At Verbund, our aim is to use our renewables know-how and experience to accompany our partners on the decarbonisation journey,”

says Michael Strugl, Verbund CEO. “The only way to reach ambitious climate and energy targets is through innovation, close collaboration, and perseverance. Together with our partner Borealis, we are driving the energy

transition in Austria and all of Europe.”

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