In Belgium, geothermal energy powers the fight against COVID-19

April 27, 2021

Janssen Pharmaceuticals (part of the Johnson & Johnson group) is yet another example of the multiple benefits of geothermal energy.

This Belgian company was in the spotlight a few months ago for being one of the very few laboratories in Europe that has been developing and then producing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. What is perhaps less known is their outstanding commitment to sustainability.

Janssen is one of the first industrial players in Belgium to use deep geothermal energy to cut their carbon footprint. They have been investing in a new geothermal plant that will produce clean heating, cooling and electricity for their campus in Beerse, Belgium, to meet their energy needs.

The geothermal plant should be in operation by autumn 2021, and the tests already show that they can save up to 30% of CO2 emissions.

Janssen also established a Power Purchase Agreement, through which they buy green electricity. This is an integral part of their sustainability strategy. Their goal is to power all their buildings using 100% renewable energy sources by 2050, including geothermal energy.

The geothermal energy initiative is the first of its kind for Johnson & Johnson – and just one of the clever ways the company is investing in smart sustainability innovations across the globe.

Source: Janssen Pharmaceutica

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