Danone Announces Re-Fuel Danone: A Global Energy Excellence Programme To Drive Energy Efficiency, Resilience And Decarbonisation Journey
- New programme will transform the energy footprint of Danone’s sites worldwide, significantly upweighting renewable energy sources
- Harnesses digital innovation, operational excellence and local partnerships to power growth
- Unites performance and sustainability, marking further progress against Renew Danone strategy
Danone announces a Global Energy Excellence Programme, Re-Fuel Danone, to transform the energy footprint of its sites worldwide and make its operations more agile, energy and cost efficient, resilient and more sustainable.
To deliver the ambitious programme, Danone will harness digital innovation and its existing engineering expertise to drive energy efficiency and accelerate its decarbonisation journey. It will also expand on partnerships with local renewable energy providers to increase energy resilience and create shared value in the communities where it operates.
The Re-Fuel programme will see Danone:
- improve energy efficiency by 30% by 2025
- significantly increase its use of renewable energy, such as biogas, biomass, solar and hydrogen
- 100% of electricity will be from renewable sources and half of all energy will come from renewable sources by 2030
- reduce the company’s scope 1 & 2 emissions by a minimum of 42% by 2030
Danone S.A. is a French multinational food-products corporation based in Paris. It was founded in Barcelona, Spain. It is listed on Euronext Paris where it is a component of the CAC 40 stock market index. Some of the company’s products are branded Dannon in the United States.
As of 2018, Danone sold products in 120 markets, and had sales in 2018 of €24.65 billion.In the first half of 2018,29% of sales came from specialized nutritional preparations, 19% came from branded bottled water, and 52% came from dairy and plant-based products.
Danone was founded by Isaac Carasso, a Salonica-born Sephardic Jewish physician from the Ottoman Empire, who began producing yogurt in Barcelona, Spain in 1919. The brand was named Danone, which translates to “little Daniel”, after his son Daniel Carasso.
In 1929, Isaac Carasso moved the company from Spain to France, opening a plant in Paris. In 1942, Daniel Carasso moved the company to New York. In the United States, Daniel Carasso partnered with the Swiss-born Spaniard Juan Metzger and changed the brand name to Dannon to sound more American.
In 1951, Daniel Carasso returned to Paris to manage the family’s businesses in France and Spain, and the American business was sold to Beatrice Foods in 1959; it was repurchased by Danone in 1981.In Europe in 1967, Danone merged with Gervais, the leading fresh cheese producer in France, and became Gervais Danone. In 1973, the company merged with bottle maker BSN. The company changed its name to Groupe Danone in 1983.