ThyssenKrupp Materials Processing Europe is hoping to be operating 'in a climate neutral manner' by 2023 at its El Puig site near Valencia, Spain.

The company claims to be taking 'further steps towards climate neutrality' and will be installing an extensive photovoltaic system with a view to making 'the best possible use of resources for a sustainable future'.

The company's managing director at the El Puig site, Oliver Bensing, commented: "The investment in photovoltaics and our other measures take us a giant step forward."

According to ThyssenKrupp Materials Processing Europe, the first 525 solar panels have already been installed to make the most of around 300 powerful days of sunshine in the region around Valencia. The electricity generated by seven inverters already covers 35% of the site's energy requirements, it is claimed. A further 1,300 panels will be completed in 2023, enabling the company to produce solar power equivalent to the full amount of its own needs at the site. Consumers in the regional supply system will also benefit from additional solar power at the site.

Between 2017 and 2020, energy consumption at El Puig had already been reduced 20% thanks to the introduction of LED lighting systems and compressors and a switch to electric forklifts.

The team at the El Puig site are members of the Responsible Steel initiative and are committed to increasing usage of CO2-reduced material. They are also engaged in the reforestation of the forest on la Platá mountain in El Puig and support the FEDA Madrid foundation and the Starkid School in Kenya as part of its training collaborations.