Wind turbine gearbox maker Hansen Transmissions has announced that its Belgian factory in Lommel is now running on 100% green energy, starting January 1. To make the claim, Hansen has purchased the requisite number of "Green Certificates of Belgian Origin" to demonstrate that the 20,000 MWh it consumes on a yearly basis now comes from renewable energy sources. The switch means an annual reduction of more than 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Hansen, which says it equips 2200 MW of wind turbines with gearboxes each year, employs around 360 staff at the factory in the north of Belgium. The company's Georges Roobaert says: "This demonstrates Hansen's commitment to wind energy. We are very proud that the factory in Lommel is running entirely on green energy. The circle is now complete and we really do have an environment friendly factory where we use green energy to make high quality products that contribute in their turn, to generating even more environment friendly energy."
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