Back in 1851, when Gabriel was founded, the energy for the textile factory was generated by a watermill. Today, we are proud to go back to producing our own sustainable energy with the opening of a solar cell park at our dye house, Scandye, in Lithuania.
The new solar cell park is put into operation on the 20th November and is expected to generate more than 17 % of the energy consumed at the dye house. The remaining energy comes from external suppliers of sustainable energy or is included in our offsetting initiatives.
Last year, Gabriel reached a milestone and became the first textile manufacturer to achieve CO2 neutrality. All the energy consumed throughout the Gabriel Group comes from wind, biomass or hydro power - or is covered by climate compensation programmes – and we are very pleased to be adding solar power to the equation.
At Gabriel, we prioritise environmental efforts, where we can make the biggest difference. Dyeing fabrics is an energy intensive process, and by generating our own sustainable energy on site at the dye house we take an important step towards alleviating this challenge.
Despite easy and convenient access to sustainable and low-cost solar power in the future, our efforts to further reduce our energy consumption at Scandye will of course continue.
For further information please read our sustainability report.