AGRO Merchants Portugal Operates on 100% Renewable Energy and Joins Reforestation Efforts

The company’s sites in Portugal will be supplied by green energy

AGRO Merchants Group, one of the top international cold storage and logistics providers, is leading the way in using electricity from clean and renewable sources in Portugal. By using clean energy, AGRO will significantly reduce its CO2 emissions.

AGRO partnered with Axpo Iberia, a certified supplier of green energy, who operates all along the power supply chain. The company manages the largest portfolio of photovoltaic plants in the Iberian Peninsula and supplies electricity from a guaranteed 100% green source.

The energy supply was recognised with a Guarantee of Origin (GO) certification, awarded by the Spanish Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC). GO certificates are a reliable and trustworthy indicator of the origin of electricity from 100% renewable sources, with zero CO2 emissions and radioactive waste. A GO represents one megawatt hour of clean electricity.

AGRO also joined Axpo’s commitment to reforestation in areas most affected by forest fires in Portugal by donating over a thousand trees to Quercus, the national nature conservation association.

Hans Kroes, Managing Director of AGRO Merchants Iberia, shared: “We strongly believe that it is our duty to contribute our bit to fighting climate change. We not only want to meet our clients’ and stakeholders’ expectations, but we want to continue improving and implementing innovative measures to exceed those expectations.”

AGRO is committed to implementing environmentally responsible measures in its facilities worldwide. The company’s facility in Rotterdam-Maasvlakte and the expansion at Rotterdam-Westland were both awarded with a BREEAM Excellent certification for sustainability performance, the highest energy efficiency rating for this type of storage facilities in Europe.

About AGRO Merchants Group

AGRO Merchants Group owns and operates 63 facilities in 11 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. AGRO is dedicated to delivering superior fresh and frozen food handling solutions through our international facility network using local market knowledge with a focus on customer care and sustainability. AGRO’s vision is to be the leading partner in temperature-controlled logistics for the global food industry, recognized for innovative thinking, commodity expertise and ability to integrate businesses, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for its rich heritage.

About Axpo

The Axpo Group produces, trades and sells renewable energy in Switzerland and over 30 European countries. Recently, the company also expanded into the U.S. market. About 4200 employees combine the expertise from 100 years of climate-friendly electricity production with innovative power for a sustainable energy future. Axpo is an international leader in energy trading and developing custom solutions for its customers.