Kraft Heinz Enters Partnership for UK Green Hydrogen - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Procurement, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  February 5, 2024

Kraft Heinz Enters Partnership for UK Green Hydrogen

The Kraft Heinz Company has signed an agreement to study the development of a renewable green hydrogen plant at its Kitt Green manufacturing plant in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

The agreement was signed with  Carlton Power, a UK energy infrastructure development company.

Kitt Green is one of the largest food processing plants in Europe and one of the largest Kraft Heinz facilities globally, producing a quarter of a million tons of food annually.

The proposed 20MW Kitt Green hydrogen plant will meet over 50% of the plant’s annual natural gas demand and lower its emissions by 16000T/yr. The hydrogen will be produced by an electrolyzer using electricity generated from sources of renewable energy - primarily wind and solar power.

“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,” said Jojo Lins De Noronha, President, Northern Europe, The Kraft Heinz Company, in a statement. “We’re excited to partner together to develop our first, renewable hydrogen energy project globally and hope to see more projects like these in the future.”

After receiving planning approval and financing, the £40m Carlton/Kraft Heinz renewable hydrogen project is earmarked to enter operation in 2026. 

The construction of the plant will be contingent on securing financial support from the UK Government’s second Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2) of the Hydrogen Production Business Model (HPBM), which the government has launched to support UK industry’s switch to hydrogen and encourage growth of the hydrogen economy across the country. The two companies will work together to obtain grant funding and operational financial support from the UK Department of Energy Supply and Net Zero (DESNZ) with a target to deliver hydrogen to Kitt Green in 2026/27. 

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