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  • Newsletter: RE100 Recognized for its Impact, Governance Update and Members Meetings

    RE100 has been recognized for its global leadership at the Green Power Leadership Awards in California. We've welcomed 5 new members this month: Dai-ichi LifeEnvisionNew BalancePanasonic and Virgin Media. We're also looking forward to seeing members at our forthcoming events: RE100 Global Members Forum at Climate Week NYC, closely followed by RE-Source, Amsterdam. Read on to learn more on these and our new Advisory Committee.


    RE100 leads market development globally

    RE100 has been awarded the International Market Development Award at the Green Power Leadership Awards, presented by the US Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. It honors innovative industry leaders that are champions of renewable energy and accelerating the development of green power markets. 


    COMING UP: Global Members Forum, Climate Week NYC and RE-Source 2019 & Bootcamp, Amsterdam

    Only a few places remain for the RE100 Global Members Forum on September 25 at Climate Week NYC. This is followed by RE-Source 2019, Amsterdam on October 1-3, with a buyers only bootcamp from 3:30pm on October 1, led by The Climate Group and WBCSD. RE100 members can register for free here.


    RE100 governance – Advisory Committee   

    Nominations have closed for RE100 members to join our new Advisory Committee. Applications will be reviewed by the existing Steering Committee over the course of September, with selected companies to be announced by the end of this month. The August Campaign Update Webinar contains more details - members can get in touch to view the recording.


    RE100 Gold Member Webinar Series

    Catch our latest Gold Member webinar: Sustainability Leadership Standard for Solar PV Modules with NREL Colorado (Gold Members: please get in touch for the password).

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    Kristin Hanczor, Corporate Member Engagement Manager, North America, The Climate Group, collects the International Market Development Award for RE100. Congratulations to fellow prizewinner and RE100 member Microsoft.

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    Dates for yout diary: 

    September 9-12, 2019: World Energy Congress, Abu Dhabi  

    The Congress offers a unique platform to profile RE100 to global energy leaders, attracting 7,000 delegates from 100+ countries and 50+ government Ministers. RE100 Australia Coordinator Jon Dee will  represent the initiative.

    September 18, 2019: FREE WEBINAR: The RE-Source Corporate Buyers' Toolkit

    Get up to speed on the current state of play on European PPAs and learn about the products in RE-Source's corporate buyers’ toolkit ahead of its official release at RE-Source 2019

    September 23-29, 2019: Climate Week NYC

    Run in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC continues to grow and be the time and place for the world to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. Only a few priority places remain for RE100 members.


    Members are invited to join us in New York for our Global Members Meeting. This will be an opportunity to network, learn from your peers and identify collaboration opportunities.


    Business Renewables Centre - Australia (BRC-A) will showcase its online platform providing useful material for the PPA process. Ceri Binding, Head of Energy & Utilities, Westpac Bank, will talk about the bank's renewable energy PPA, and Jon Dee, RE100 Australia Coordinator, will update on the development of RE100 in Australia. Invitations will be sent out shortly to members.


    As part of our RE-Source 2019, we will be providing a half-day program, exclusively aimed at corporate buyers of renewable electricity. It will provide practical information, inspire companies to go further and faster and provide a unique opportunity to connect with peers and exchange knowledge. RE100 members can register for free.   

    October 20-22, 2019REBA Fall Summit, Oakland, CA

    REBA members will spend two days with renewable energy buyers, service providers, developers, and other key market stakeholders in interactive sessions to address barriers and create solutions to accelerate the market at this invitation-only event.

    October 22-24, 2019: VERGE 2019, Oakland, CA.

    The Climate Group will be participating in several events at VERGE 19, discussing our RE100, EP100 and EV100 work. All RE100 members can use the code V19TCG for 10% off the conference registration before september 27.

    October 22, 2019RE100 Members Meeting Korea

    Run in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC continues to grow and be the time and place for the world to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. Only a few priority places remain for RE100 members.


    KIREC is the first time the RE21 Biennial International Renewable Energy Conference will take place in South Korea. Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, will be presenting on RE100, following the members meeting (above).

    Please check our website regularly to keep track of what’s coming up.

    Member news: 

    Please send us case studies demonstrating your leadership on renewable electricity. We're looking for good examples to feature in our forthcoming Progress and Insights Annual Report 2019 and will be in touch with companies in due course.

    Congratulations to the RE100 members and fellow winners at the Green Power Leadership Awards in San Diego on September 5: Bank of America, Equinix, General Motors, Google, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft.

    US based Fifth Third Bank has made history by being the first company to reach its RE100 target from a single solar project. Congratulations also to Organic Valley which annouced being the largest food company to achieve 100% renewable electricity.

    Read how HP Inc. is making use of clean energy solutions to achieve sustainable impact.

    Iron Mountain has opened a data centre in Pheonix powered by 100% renewable electricity.

    Apple was named the leading procurer of corporate solar in the US with nearly 400 MW of total installed capacity.

    Facebook has signed a 200MW wind deal, buying power from a project set to become the largest single-site wind farm in the US.

  • Envision leads the way for Chinese companies switching to renewable power

    Envision – an energy technology manufacturer and leader headquartered in China – has joined the global RE100 initiative, setting the most ambitious and earliest 100% renewable target out of member companies from Mainland China.

    Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 now brings together more than 190 major companies from around the world committed to 100% renewable electricity. Many of these have operations and supply chains in China.

    Envision is targeting 100% renewable electricity by as soon as 2025, through technologies including wind turbines and solar PV coupled with smart energy management. The plan includes supplying renewable electricity to its battery factories located in Japan, the US, and the UK.

    Underlining the business case for switching to renewables globally, the company expects to save hundreds of thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year by 2025– in turn saving tens of millions of US dollars on its electricity bills.

    "The mission of Envision is to solve the challenges for a sustainable future for human beings,” said Zhang Lei, CEO of Envision. He called on other Chinese companies to “join RE100.”

    Yuming Hui, China Director, The Climate Group, welcomed Envision to RE100: “It’s a great step forward for Envision to lead by example. We hope it inspires thousands more Chinese companies to take action in their own operations – from buying certificates to installing solar PV and wind turbines, there are solutions available now.”

    Winds of change

    Companies in the commercial and industrial sector account for approximately two thirds of the world’s end-of-use of electricity. Switching this demand to renewables is transforming the global energy market and accelerating the transition to a clean economy.

    While China is a leader in utility scale renewable electricity deployment, to date, renewable energy supply has been less readily available to companies in China. But the market is starting to shift – hastened by growing demand from international business.

    In order to help break down the barriers Chinese companies face in switching to renewable energy, Envision will actively participate in local renewable electricity trading pilots, and work with the industry to promote China's establishment of a renewable electric trading market that is in line with international standards.

    In 2017 The Climate Group became a founding member of the Green Electricity Consumption Cooperative Organisation (GECCO), to help increase corporate uptake of renewable power in China.

    There is a recurring need to help suppliers resolve regulatory ambiguity on local or provincial approval for renewable energy projects in China. To find out how other RE100 members are helping on the ground, read our Going Beyond’ report.

  • US-based Fifth Third Bank makes history by powering up 100% renewable solar facility

    Fifth Third Bank's Aulander Holloman Solar Facility in North Carolina is officially declared open – with 80 megawatts (MW) of capacity, it is one of the largest solar projects in the US.

    It is the first time a member of the RE100 initiative, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, has met its entire electricity need from solar power.

    Built by solar developer SunEnergy1, the facility is expected to generate clean power that is more than or equal to the amount Fifth Third uses in a year, enough to eliminate 143,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. 

    It means Fifth Third has reached its 100% renewable electricity goal three years ahead of its 2022 goal.

    “Fifth Third is making history”

    “Fifth Third was the first member company to contract for 100% solar power and is demonstrating that renewables make business sense,” said Amy Davidsen, North America Executive Direct, The Climate Group.

    “By adding clean power to America’s electricity grid, they’re accelerating a cleaner future for us all – and leading the way for other companies to follow suit.”

    Fifth Third’s power purchase agreement (PPA) facilitated the construction of the solar field by guaranteeing a fixed price for the electricity it generates, thereby enabling SunEnergy1 to secure funding and begin construction.

    The electricity generated by the facility will be resold at market rates into the local electricity grid, and Fifth Third will retire the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the project.

    Banking on solar

    The solar setup includes more than 350,000 solar panels generating approximately  202,000 MWh of electricity per year.

    Greg D. Carmichael, Chairman, President & CEO, Fifth Third, said: “This is another example of our commitment to improving lives and doing what’s best for our communities and planet – today and into the future. 

    “This project enables us to contribute positively to the economy of one of our key market states in a way that strengthens Fifth Third Bank’s performance and reaffirms for our stakeholders that we ‘do well by doing good.’.”

    The US$200,000 project employed 1,000 construction workers and added tens of millions of US dollars  to the local tax base.

    The last RE100 Progress and Insights Annual Report showed that PPAs are an increasingly popular way for member companies to source renewable electricity, with the total amount in 2017 reaching just under 9 TWh – almost double the amount reported for 2016. In 2017, PPAs accounted for 20% of all renewable electricity purchased by members in the US.

    To find out more about RE100 members, click here.

  • Blog: How HP Inc. is making use of clean energy solutions to achieve sustainable impact

    Mary Curtiss, Global Head of Energy and Sustainability, Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services, HP, Inc. shares how the company is going further and faster on clean energy solutions and urging other forward-thinking companies to follow its lead.

    Climate change is one of the most significant and urgent issues facing business and society today. Beyond an environmental matter, it affects the core foundation of economies, livelihoods, food security, health, and quality of life.

    As a business community, it’s urgent that we understand our impacts in the world and take decisive actions that align with what climate science tells us are needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement.

    At HP, we are working to transform our entire business to drive a more efficient, circular, and low-carbon economy. We join with other leading companies by participating in The Climate Group’s RE100 and EV100 initiatives and in coalitions such as We Mean Business and Climate Savers to drive change within and beyond our industry.

    We view the need to act not only as our responsibility, but vital to the long-term success of our business, the customers we serve, and the communities where we operate. As the global head of energy and sustainability for HP Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services, reducing climate impact through our worldwide operations is one of my top priorities.

     

    Setting targets rooted in climate science

    At HP, we have the greatest control to reduce our environmental impact in our direct operations. In early 2017 we adopted a science-based Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction target in our global operations, aiming for a 25% reduction by 2025 (from a 2015 baseline).

    We have met this goal early by aggressively lowering energy consumption through optimization and efficiency projects and by transitioning to more renewable power sources. At HP, this happens both onsite and by procuring off-site renewable power directly from local utilities and through renewable energy credits (RECs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

    In April, we announced a new, more ambitious goal to achieve a 60% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025, compared to 2015—a target I’m proud to say has been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative as consistent with levels required to keep warming to 1.5°C.

     

    Reaping added benefits by doing business the right way

    In addition to helping us reduce emissions, these science-based targets drive progress toward our RE100 commitment. By the end of 2017, we surpassed our interim goal to source 40% renewable electricity in our global operations by 2020. In fact, as stated in the latest RE100 Progress and Insights Report, HP made the most progress among RE100 members in 2017. We have now reset our renewable electricity target, aiming to source 60% by 2025 and 100% by 2035.

    We also proactively track sustainability preferences among our employees. An internal survey found 20% of the employees at our Palo Alto headquarters in California plan to buy an electric vehicle (EV) in the next two years. As one of the first members of EV100, HP committed to install electrical vehicle infrastructures at all feasible company sites worldwide by 2040. In 2018, we offered EV infrastructure at nearly 20% of our global sites, and in 2020 we plan to add EVs to our own fleet. Installing charging facilities enables us to support our employees’ choices and appeal to the values and lifestyles of current and future employees.

     

    Driving synergy across our value chain 

    Since 2014, HP has set GHG reduction targets across our entire value chain—including operations, supply chain, and products—and we see a definite synergy in doing so.  

    In early 2019, one of the major product eco-labels for electronics, EPEAT, released new standards for PCs and displays. The fact that HP achieved 95% renewable electricity use at seven key HP Personal Systems facilities, and that we also worked with our top display panel and integrated circuit suppliers to reduce their GHG emissions, helped better our score. HP became the first company to have its desktops, notebooks, all-in-ones, workstations named to the EPEAT 2019 Gold and Silver ecolabel registry, helping us compete better for business where there is a preference or requirement for EPEAT certifications. 

    From an operational standpoint, demonstrating direct business value from these actions further strengthens internal support to accelerate progress toward our renewable electricity goal and GHG reduction targets. Increasingly, customers are expecting this type of leadership from companies. In fact, HP’s commitment to sustainability—what we call Sustainable Impact—helped the company win more than US$900 million of new revenue last year.

     

    Every decision, every day matters

    Every choice we make has an impact. As a business community, it’s our responsibility and opportunity to make choices that have a sustainable impact. Wherever you are on this journey, I encourage you to engage in initiatives like RE100 and EV100 to help guide your company’s actions. Together, we can accelerate the transition to a clean economy future.

  • Newsletter: London Climate Action Week, raising ambition in Asia, and first buyers bootcamp in Europe announced

    We have been busy across our global hubs this month. At London’s first Climate Action Week, RE100 members discussed collaboration between landlords and tenants to source clean energy. We’ve been in Taiwan, Japan and Korea where RE100 members are asking for raised ambition from policymakers, and we've welcomed 10 new members: Asset Management OneCity of London CorporationDerwent LondonJD SportsKeurig Dr PepperPNCQTS Realty TrustSlaughter and MaySwisscom and Zurich. We have also announced our first buyers bootcamp in Europe. And remember, the RE100 reporting window closes at the end of this month. Read on for more.


    Business leadership across London

    The Climate Group led key events at London Climate Action Week to showcase corporate leadership on renewable electricity. We brought together landlords and tenants to discuss how to overcome challenges faced in leased premises, and we saw the launch of the UK hub of the RE-Source platform (of which we are a founding member) – aiming to accelerate the use of renewables by companies in the UK. Get in touch to know more about next steps.


    Supporting corporate sourcing in Europe  

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group spoke alongside the European Commission's Head of Unit for Renewable and CCS policy Paula Abreau Margues at EU Sustainable Energy Week. We also spoke at Schneider Electric’s Perspectives Summit and the Intersolar Summit Spain.

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    Increasing Ambition - South Korea & Taiwan

    Our ongoing work in Korea and Taiwan is beginning to bear fruit thanks to the leadership of our active members. At a recent summit in Korea, The Korean renewable energy department stated that RE100 support schemes will be provided later this year with some great coverage in the Korean press.

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    Japan - Call to Action  

    20 RE100 companies called on the Japanese government to set a target for 50% renewable electricity by 2030 as well as for a more favorable policy environment for corporate sourcing. Our local partnerJCLP organized the summit where this was called for, ahead of the G20 Summit, in the presence of the Minister for Environment. JCLP have since been recognized by the Japanese Government for its work driving forward RE100 in Japan.


    Catch up: RE100 Gold Member Webinar Series 

    Catch our two latest Gold Member webinars: Challenges and Opportunities of Renewable Energy Self-generation with Ingka Group and Enabling access to capital backed by renewable energy assets via green bond issuance Note: there were technical problems for the first 5 mins (please get in touch for the passwords).


    EP100 Progress and Insights Report Launched 

    The Climate Group’s EP100 initiative on smart energy use launched the first EP100 Progress and Insights Report yesterday. The report showcases the ambition and achievements of EP100 members and highlights the environmental and business case for making smarter use of energy. Please find the full report here.


    Member news: 

    Annual Reporting for our RE100 Progress and Insights Report 2019 is coming to a close! All members are reminded to complete RE100 reporting by July 31 to showcase their leadership. For more guidance click here or contact re100@CDP.net for additional support. 

    To report your operations in Taiwan, please use the comment box.

    Climate Week NYC: Please let us know if you are planning to make progress announcements on renewable energy targets ahead of Climate Week NYC as we're keen to build a drumbeat of activity.

    Companies including RE100 members AdobeAppleEquinixIron MountainMicrosoft,Salesforce and QTS sent a letter to Virginia’s utility Dominion Energy asking them to use renewable energy to power their data centers.

    HP Inc. has strengthened its RE100 target, now aiming to reach 100% renewable electricity for their global operations by 2035.


    Events: 

    July 30-31: Australian Clean Energy Summit 2019 

    Run by the Clean Energy Council, this will take place at Sydney International Convention Centre. The Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A) is holding two free events - a breakfast panel on day 1 and a PPA session on day 2. Other events that are taking place are subject to fees.

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    September 23-29: Climate Week NYC and RE100 Members Forum in The Hub
    Run by The Climate Group in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is the time and place for the world to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. RE100 will celebrate its fifth birthday and convene its members for its second Annual Global Members Forum. Get in touch to know more.
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    The world’s largest gathering of renewable energy buyers and suppliers. With more markets opening up to the corporate renewable sourcing opportunity, RE-Source 2019 is the perfect platform to network, learn and do business with over 1000 key players. A buyers-only bootcamp will take place on 1 October - more information to follow. RE100 members can register for free.
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    Please check our website regularly to keep track of what’s coming up.
  • BayWa AG joins RE100 and sets ambitious target for 100% renewable power

    International trading and logistics company BayWa AG has joined RE100 with a target to source 100% renewable electricity for its entire global operations by 2020.

    This will play a significant part in helping the company deliver on its aim to reduce carbon emissions by 22% by 2025 and become fully carbon neutral by 2030.

    The RE100 initiative, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, now brings together more than 190 of the world’s most influential businesses committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity, increasing the demand for – and delivery of – clean energy across the globe.

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said: “BayWa AG’s ambitious commitment to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2020 sends a clear message that going all in on renewables is a sound business decision.

    “With solar and onshore wind increasingly providing the cheapest sources of new electricity generation, there’s no reason to delay – clean power is good for both the bottom line and for tackling carbon emissions.”

    Klaus Josef Lutz, CEO, BayWa AG, added: "Renewable energies play an important role in achieving the ambitious goals of BayWa's climate strategy and make a contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. BayWa as a group unites all its know-how under one roof and we are highly motivated to achieve the goal.”

    Lowering emissions

    BayWa AG expects that sourcing 100% renewables will reduce its carbon emissions by around 18,000 tons yearly.

    The trading and services company will deliver on its RE100 commitment through a mix of solutions across markets, including switching to green electricity tariffs, investing in onsite renewables generation for self-consumption and signing power purchase agreements (PPAs).  

    More and more companies are joining RE100 with ambitious targets to source 100% renewable power within the next decade. Our latest RE100 Progress and Annual Report showed that three in four RE100 members aim to get there by 2030.

    Read more about RE100 here.

  • London Climate Action Week: big business aims for 100% renewable power

    LONDON: As the Mayor of London’s inaugural London Climate Action Week (1-8 July) gets under way today, major companies are leading by example, by making ambitious new commitments on clean energy and transport.

    The UK’s leading sportswear retailer JD Sports Fashion plc, The City of London Corporation, and innovative property investor Derwent London have committed to source 100% renewable electricity by joining RE100 – the global corporate leadership initiative toward zero carbon grids, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

    Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “It’s exciting to see businesses leading by example on clean transport and energy in London and beyond – we need to act fast to reduce emissions at the speed needed to limit global warming to 1.5˚C.”

    City of London Corporation 

    The City Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK.

    The organization has been running on 100% renewable electricity since October last year. It is now generating electricity on sites it owns across London, investing in off-site renewable energy and buying renewable energy already available on the market. The City Corporation is also increasing the number of solar panels on its buildings and investing in installations such as wind or solar farms.

    Now the City Corporation is joining RE100 to position itself as one of the world’s leading organizations committed to 100% renewable power.

    Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair, the City of London Corporation, said, “We switched to 100% renewable electricity last October to help deliver on London’s ambition to become a sustainable city. The move makes us cleaner and greener, reducing our grid reliance and running some of our buildings on zero carbon electricity. Joining RE100 during London Climate Action Week is the next step in that journey. We hope we can be a beacon to other organizations to follow suit.”

    Derwent London 

    Property investment and development business Derwent London is the largest REIT (real estate investment trust) focused on central London. The Group owns and manages an investment portfolio of 5.4 million sq ft, mainly across the West End and areas bordering the City of London.

    Derwent London puts sustainability at the heart of its business strategy and has set a RE100 goal to source 100% renewable electricity by 2020. Already, the company has achieved this for all its managed properties by purchasing renewable energy attribution certificates. It is now exploring options around power purchase agreements.

    Paul Williams, CEO, Derwent London Plc, Derwent London, said, “Being a responsible business is a hallmark of our distinctive approach and business model – it is visible in our culture, approach to risk and in the design, delivery and management of our buildings. We have already met our target to source 100% REGO backed renewable electricity by 2020.”

    JD Sports

    JD is the UK’s leading retailer and distributor of branded sportswear and fashionwear, with more than 900 stores. A key objective of its Carbon Management Programme is to purchase energy from sustainable sources wherever operationally possible. To reach its RE100 goal of using 100% renewable electricity globally by 2025 (including Europe by 2022), JD is exploring various sourcing options, beginning with the UK and Republic of Ireland, and followed by other operations across Europe and elsewhere.

    Neil Greenhalgh, Chief Financial Officer, JD Sports Fashion plc, said, “JD is proud of achieving 100% renewable electricity for our UK and ROI operations. We view RE100 membership as a great way to encourage and share our renewable energy progress, and also to learn from other large companies with similar ambitions on global green energy usage. To mark JD joining RE100, we have committed to target 100% renewable electricity for our European operations by 2022, with all major global entities to be renewable by 2025.”

    London landlords and corporate tenants

    The new commitments follow a report last week by Edie and Big Clean Switch, in association with RE100 (led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP), showing that 4 in 5 UK businesses in rented property struggle to engage landlords on the switch to renewable power, and making the case for more collaborative working toward 100% renewable electricity goals.

    The Climate Group will explore these issues and more at a unique event for London Climate Action Week in on Wednesday (3 July), with Shirley Rodrigues, the Deputy London Mayor for Environment and Energy.

    Reflecting on today’s announcements, Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, added, “Ambitious commitments like these signal that existing challenges for corporate tenants and landlords around clean energy can be overcome, and I am certain they will inspire many more companies to demonstrate ambitious climate action.”

  • Landlords and corporate tenants can achieve a faster switch to clean energy – new report

    Landlords and tenants in commercial buildings should work more closely together to accelerate the shift to a clean energy future, a new report by edie and Big Clean Switch finds.

    Produced in association with RE100, the global corporate leadership initiative on renewable power led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, the report reveals that while the vast majority of UK businesses surveyed are committed to rolling out renewables across their operations, four in five find it difficult to do so in tenanted properties.

    Challenges include problems getting accurate energy data use from landlords (88%), and only a small number of companies knowing who to contact at their landlords about clean energy solutions (5%).

    Around a third of respondents said they had not actively approached landlords about making a switch to renewable energy, with 69% saying they find it challenging to know who to speak to about energy issues – demonstrating the need for collaboration and action on both sides.

     “Our RE100 members are powering ahead on renewable energy, but we’re not going fast enough – buildings still account for almost half of the UK’s carbon emissions,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group.

    “This report shows there’s huge potential for landlords and tenants to work together more collaboratively on the switch to renewables, unlocking new business opportunities in the growing clean economy.”

    Showing the way

    Landsec and PWC are RE100 members featured within the report as companies leading by example.

    Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability, Public Affairs, Health, Safety and Security, Landsec, said, “Switching to clean energy should undoubtedly be a priority for landlords and occupiers alike. The benefits of getting this right are clear, and there’s a ripple effect of sustainable practices, too.

    “At Landsec, our corporate energy contract – which covers nearly all of our portfolio – is 100% renewable electricity. This has enabled us to speak to customers further about their sustainable ambitions and has meant that we’ve been able to work with them on issues from single-use plastics to energy saving projects.

    “Conversations, and collaboration, must sit at the heart of our work as we join together as a sector to empower each other to make a difference.”  

    Going forward

    The report makes three recommendations. First, that tenants be much more proactive in communicating their needs to landlords. Second, landlords and managing agents put in place systems and processes to make it easy for occupiers to take action. And finally, that common misconceptions about cost and demand for clean energy are overcome through better education.

    74 sustainability, energy and environmental managers in the UK were surveyed for the report. 60% said they were interested in being part of a new movement to help educate, encourage and inspire more landlords and managing agents around the transition to renewable energy.  

    The Climate Group will explore various challenges and opportunities for landlords and corporate tenants at a unique event for London Climate Action Week in on Wednesday (3 July), with Shirley Rodrigues, the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy.

    To find out more, contact info@theRE100.org.

     

     

     

     

  • Newsletter: London Climate Action Week, India Members' Forum and new events

    RE100 members met in Mumbai for our first ever India Members' Forum - and we'll be meeting members and running events in Japan, Korea, London and Taiwan over the next month. We clarified our rules on market boundaries in Europe; and Anthem, Barclays, Crown Holdings, Next and QBE Insurance joined RE100. The Climate Group is holding a Landlords & Tenants event during London Climate Action Week, including an RE100 workshop. Get in touch to secure your place now!


    Building the renewables movement in India

    Last month, we held our first India Members' Forum in Mumbai with over 20 participants discussing how to build the corporate renewables movement in India. This followed a joint event with WWF-India. For a summary of the meeting outcomes please contact Ajitraj Singh.

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    Sign up now: clean energy for landlords & tenants 

    As part of London Climate Action Week, The Climate Group is running a set of technical workshops followed by a high-level event, exploring how landlords and tenants can collaborate on innovation to decarbonize their buildings. Find out more here and see more upcoming events below.

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    Rules on market boundaries in Europe

     We have clarified the RE100 rules for renewable electricity sourcing in Europe following advice from the Technical Advisory Group and consultation with members. Please see our Note on Market Boundary Criteria for details, and our FAQs for other technical queries.

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    Tell us about your RE100 progress!

    Members are reminded to submit their RE100 reporting by July 31. See our Reporting Guidance and webinar (password: RE100reporting2019#) for support and contact re100@CDP.net with any questions. Your answers will inform this year's Progress and Insight Report.

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    Watch our webinar on community energy projects

    We held a webinar with Bright Renewables on An Introduction to Community Energy Projects. This approach usually involves working closely with local partners and supporting community needs in the long-term. Gold members can request the password to watch the recording.

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    Member news

    Anheuser-Busch is set to buy entirely renewable electricity by 2021 after signing a new solar PPA in the US and a new deal with Enel in Russia.

    Bank of America will install solar panels across multiple locations on its financial centers, ATMs, offices and other buildings.

    Facebook announced its first direct investment in a renewable energy project.

    Mars will go 100% renewable in Mexico with a new PPA contract from a wind farm in Yucatán.

    Microsoft signs 90MW deal from Dutch offshore wind farm to power some of its data centers.

    Novo Nordisk will reach 100% renewable power by signing a new solar deal in North Carolina.


    Starbucks purchases a three-project wind and solar PPA portfolio to power more than 3,000 U.S. Starbucks stores by 2021.

    Walmart signs 46 solar PPAs to power its operations across five US states


    To find out about our events and webinars, go to www.there100.org/events

  • Major companies call for ambitious 2030 renewable electricity targets in Japan

    • 20 major companies sign ground-breaking call to action to policy makers on accelerating the switch to renewable electricity
    • All state that enabling a switch to renewables is essential to improving their corporate competitiveness in the global economy
    • All signatories are committed to 100% renewable power and are members of The Climate Group’s global corporate leadership initiative RE100

    20 major companies have called on the Japanese government to set an ambitious target of sourcing at least 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 – more than double its current ambition (22-24%). 19 of these companies are from Japan and include the likes of Sony Corporation, AEON and Fujitsu (a full list of signatories is included below).

    The unprecedented call to action was launched at a renewable energy summit in Tokyo, organised by the Japan Climate Leaders Partnership(JCLP) and attended by the Minister of the Environment Yoshiaki Harada and the Mayor of Yokohama Fumiko Hayashi, and over 500 professionals. The policy asks include:

    • A more ambitious national renewable electricity target of 50% by 2030 to give consumers and developers long-term certainty on their energy strategy;
    • An in-depth assessment of the wider benefits of switching to renewable energy (such as increasing energy security) in Japan – to be shared publicly;
    • A favourable policy environment that brings the cost of renewables in line with other G20 governments;
    • Power purchase agreements (PPAs) to be made easier to enable corporates to buy renewable electricity over the long-term at a guaranteed price – these are becoming an increasingly popular and successful strategy for companies around the world and directly add renewable capacity to the grid.

    The full policy proposal is available here

    These companies are members of the global corporate leadership initiative RE100, led by international non-profit, The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. The initiative aims to bring together some of the world’s most influential companies committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity in their global operations. JCLP acts as a regional delivery partner for The Climate Group.

    Speaking at the event in Tokyo, Constant Alarcon, RE100 Campaign ManagerThe Climate Group, said:

    These companies realize that in order to remain competitive in a globalized economy, they must embrace a low carbon future. We are excited by the leadership demonstrated by these companies in today’s call for an ambitious 2030 renewables targets and efficient market mechanisms to help companies reach their RE100 commitment. By working hand-in hand with the government, Japanese companies can drive greater demand for renewables and deliver the clean economy of tomorrow.”

    In the last two years 19 Japanese companies have signed up to RE100, making it the fastest growing country within the membership. However, renewables remain hard and expensive to source in Japan compared to other G20 nations, as the country remains strongly dependent on imported fossil fuels and is the last G7 country building new coal plants.

    But the natural resources that exist domestically can help Japan to scale up the availability of  renewables, strengthening national security, improving resilience and cleaning up the air.

    At the event, Sekisui House, Ricoh, Apple, AEON and Fuyo General Lease - all signatories of today's proposal - spoke on the importance of Japan raising its ambition on renewables and explained why they joined the RE100 initiative.