Installation d’une centrale biomasse dans
la distillerie de vodka Belvedere

To decarbonize the energy used by the Polish distillery and reduce its GHG emissions, the Maison Belvedere has installed a biomass power plant to replace its gas needs.

Main project's drivers for reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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Energy and resource efficiency

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Energy Decarbonisation

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Energy efficiency improvements

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Improving efficiency in non-energy resources

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Emission removal

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Financing low-carbon issuers or disinvestment from carbon assets

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Reduction of other greenhouse gases emission

Project objectives

The project aims to reduce GHG emissions from the Belvedere distillery in Polmos Żyrardów by installing a biomass power plant to:

  • Replace the use of gas with biomass (renewable)
  • Be part of the ambitious objectives of ISO 50001 set up on the site
Detailed project description

The installation of a biomass power plant will allow the distillery to substitute its needs for natural gas. This biomass power plant hosts the combustion of recycled materials (wooden pallets and macerate residues, etc.) in a boiler, to produce high pressure steam which feeds an expansion steam generator producing low pressure steam (used in the distillery process) and electricity.

It is most unusual for such power plant to be built on the scale of a single industrial site, rather than by major electricity companies. This project is part of a long-standing commitment on the part of the House, whose distillery was awarded ISO 50001 certification in 2014 – the first in the Group to receive this recognition.


Preliminary studies were conducted with the three Polish universities of Gdansk, Lodz and Poznan. Given the scale of the project and spread over years, it has been integrated into the LVMH Carbon Fund since the Research & Development phase. The European Union has granted a 40% subsidy.


Carried out in three phases, the project is set to be completed in 2021. We estimate that greenhouse gas emissions are due to ultimately be cut back by 2,600 metric tonnes of CO2 annually and has been validated by the LVMH Carbon Fund.

Emission scope(s)

on which the project has a significant impact

Scope 1

Direct emissions generated by the company's activity.

Scope 2

Indirect emissions associated with the company's electricity and heat consumption.

Scope 3

Emissions induced (upstream or downstream) by the company's activities, products and/or services in its value chain.

Emission Removal

Carbon sinks creation, (BECCS, CCU/S, …)

Avoided Emissions

Emissions avoided by the activities, products and/or services in charge of the project, or by the financing of emission reduction projects.

Scope 1 – Use of steam produced from biomass (and no longer natural gas)

  • Quantification: – 2,6 ktCO2eq/year  

Reduction of 2,690 tonnes of CO2 per year and 80% of site emissions. Initially, natural gas consumption is 13,125 MWh per year (2,690 t. CO2 eq.). After the installation of the biomass boiler, all consumption of natural gas will be eliminated.

Key points

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Invested amount

4,3 M €

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Starting date of the project


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Project localisation

Polmos Żyrardów, Poland

Project maturity level

Prototype laboratory test (TRL 7)

Real life testing (TRL 7-8)

Pre-commercial prototype (TRL 9)

Small-scale implementation

Medium to large scale implementation

Economic profitability of the project (ROI)

Short term (0-3 years)

Middle term (4-10 years)

Long term (> 10 years)

Illustrations of the project

The biomass installation project will contribute to the following SDGs:

  • SDG 7 Clean and affordable energy by producing carbon-free energy;
  • SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production by reusing waste;
  • SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure by offering an innovative distillery system, for self-consumption.

The project is reproducible if the steam and electricity needs are less than 250 kW and if biomass with humidity between 50 and 60% is available.

Partnerships with the Polish universities of Gdansk, Lodz and Poznan have been engaged to carry out studies on biomass analysis, sizing and pre-installation.

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