Manufacturers seeking to decarbonize have a long row to hoe. They can order up a package of renewable energy and carbon offsets to power their factories and offices, but that’s just for starters. To be honest about the effort, they have to dig deeper. For some insights into the ins and outs of decarbonization, last month CleanTechnica spoke with Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO of the leading industrial enzyme producer Novozymes.

Seize The Renewable Energy Opportunity

The decarbonization journey that manufacturers face has many twists and turns, and renewable energy may be the easiest part to solve — at least, for businesses located in countries with advanced renewable energy policies.

That has provided Denmark-based Novozyme with an advantage.

“Our headquarters and our largest manufacturing plant are both in Denmark, where we’ve had a market for renewable electricity for more than a decade. We were one of the first companies to make a deal for wind power, and by 2011 we were entirely driven by wind power in Denmark,” Nielsen explained.

Deploy Energy Efficiency Strategically

Access to renewable energy is only part of the decarbonization pathway, though. In markets where renewable energy is still pricier than conventional fuel, companies need to make a bottom line case for switching over.

Novozymes began its wind power journey at a time when wind power in Denmark was more costly. Nevertheless, the company was able to reduce its energy costs overall by deploying  energy efficiency strategically.

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