Kraft Heinz is collaborating with Carlton Power to launch its inaugural renewable green hydrogen initiative in the United Kingdom. The planned project aims to supply at least half of Kraft Heinz’s manufacturing facility in Kitt Green, Wigan, with hydrogen, contributing to the company’s efforts to decrease carbon emissions and work towards its broader net-zero goals.
The proposed 20-megawatt Kitt Green hydrogen plant is anticipated to satisfy over 50% of the manufacturing site’s annual natural gas requirements, resulting in a reduction of 16,000 tons of carbon emissions per year.
Electrolysis, powered by renewable sources such as wind and solar energy, will be employed to produce the hydrogen. This initiative represents Carlton Power’s fifth green hydrogen project under development in the UK.
Eric Adams, Carlton Power hydrogen projects director, commented “We are delighted to be working with Kraft Heinz to bring forward a green hydrogen facility at Kitt Green to help the company accelerate its efforts to decarbonise their operations.”
“It is critical that projects like this are brought forward to support British companies, especially in manufacturing, in reducing their carbon emissions and reaching Net Zero.”
Jojo Lins De Noronha, president for Northern Europe at The Kraft Heinz Company added “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% reduction in emissions by 2030.
“We are excited to partner together to develop our first, renewable hydrogen energy project globally and hope to see more projects like these in the future.”
Pending planning approval and financial backing, the £40 million renewable hydrogen project by Carlton and Kraft Heinz is scheduled to commence operations in 2026. The construction of the project relies on securing financial assistance through the UK Government’s second Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2) under the Hydrogen Production Business Model (HPBM).
In the next 12-18 months, Kraft Heinz and Carlton Power will work towards obtaining planning permission for the scheme. Simultaneously, both companies will collaborate to secure grant funding and operational financial support from the UK Department of Energy Supply and Net Zero (DESNZ), with the objective of delivering hydrogen to Kitt Green by 2026.
A submission to DESNZ is planned for this year through HAR2, following consultations with local and national stakeholders. Notably, this green hydrogen initiative represents Carlton Power’s third project in the North West of England and its second in the Greater Manchester region.
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