Krones Hungary Ltd. is installing a solar and geothermal system in its production plant in Debrecen in order to reduce harmful emissions. The solar park was handed over on Monday, which can reduce the company’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by half. The improvements are part of the company group’s decarbonization project, the essence of which is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2030, while by 2040 it will operate carbon-neutral.

The solar farm, with more than 2,600 panels installed on the ground and a capacity of 1.3 megawatts, was installed in the immediate vicinity of the German engineering company’s factory in Debrecen. The company is thus reducing its emissions by 680 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, and is able to meet 30-40% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources. The measure is part of the group’s decarbonisation project.

“This is precisely why it  made a decision in 2021 to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent. We will achieve this by 2030 compared to 2019,” Managing Director of Krones Hungary Ltd.  Zoltán Kocsis said. The company had 1,150 tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021. To reduce this, a geothermal system will be built, which will ensure the cooling and heating of the factory.

“Thanks to the improvements, the Debrecen plant will be the first within the Group to achieve the emission target. The local economy is developing with sustainability and environmental protection in mind,” Mayor László Papp said. “Krones provides jobs for many people from Debrecen and the region and sets an example in terms of sustainability and environmental protection aspects. The aforementioned solar park and the utilisation of geothermal energy will provide the energy mix that will enable an 80 percent reduction in the carbon footprint, ” he  emphasised.

The ultimate goal is for the Group to be fully carbon neutral by 2040. The programme will be self-financed with almost €5 million.


Author: Debrecen4U