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  • 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. 

  • Barclays commits to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations by 2030

    Barclays, the transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank, has joined RE100 with a commitment to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations by 2030, with an interim goal of 90% by 2025.

    This will see Barclays l reduce its global emissions by 80% by 2025, once the interim target has been reached.

    RE100 is a global leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, which now brings together more than 170 leading companies committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity – massively scaling up demand for clean power.

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said: “When one of the world’s largest banking institutions commits to 100% renewable electricity, the message is clear – sourcing clean power makes financial sense.”

    Elsa Palanza, Global Head of Sustainability & Citizenship, Barclays, said: “Banks have broad environmental and social impact – both through our own operational footprint, as well as through the ways that we mobilize capital, advise clients and develop products.

    “Joining RE100 and committing to sourcing 100% of our electricity needs from renewable sources enables us to minimize our direct carbon emissions while we continue to work with our clients to help facilitate the global transition to less carbon intensive sources of energy”.

    More renewables on the grid

    To meet its RE100 target, Barclays will focus its efforts on adding additional renewable energy capacity to the market by signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with energy suppliers. The UK and US will be main focus points, as they represent over 70% of the company’s footprint.

    Al Williams, Barclays Chief Procurement Officer, said: “Companies have a crucial part to play in taking active steps to transition towards a low carbon economy. Our Procurement teams will be supporting our renewable energy strategy to meet the Bank’s RE100 commitments through negotiating our energy purchasing contracts and procuring energy from renewable generation sources.”

    According to the latest RE100 Progress and Insights Annual Report, PPAs are growing in popularity as renewable sourcing strategies, and in 2017 represented 16% of renewable electricity consumed by RE100 member companies. They are seeing particular growth in the US and India, where PPAs account for 20% and 17% of renewable electricity sourced by RE100 members respectively.

    “The RE100 initiative is a great way to invest in renewable technology while also reducing our environmental footprint, energy costs and enhancing the resilience of our electricity supply to allow us to serve our customers and clients,” added Williams.

    To find out more about RE100 members, click here.

  • Winds of change as Mars goes 100% renewable in Mexico from wind farm in Yucatán

    RE100 member Mars, Inc. is set to be powered by 100% renewable electricity for its operations in Mexico, as the company signs a new power purchase agreement (PPA) for energy from a wind farm in Yucatán.

    Mars was the one of the first members of RE100, the global business initiative on 100% renewable power, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. The consumer goods giant set a target to achieve 100% renewable electricity globally by 2040, and its regional operations are already powering ahead on the goal. Nine locations beyond Mexico also run fully on clean power, including Poland, Spain, the US and Lithuania.

    Amy Davidsen, Executive Director – North America, The Climate Group, said: “Congratulations to Mars which, as the first North American company to join RE100 nearly five years ago, continues to lead the way on renewable energy by investing in wind projects around the world.

    “We are excited to learn of this new project in Yucatán, Mexico, a state government committed to reducing its emissions as part of the Under2 Coalition. Companies and local governments can work together to build renewable energy capacity, accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, and tackle climate change.”

    Eduardo González, Manufacturing Director for Mars Latin America, said “Mars is thrilled to be flipping the switch to wind energy. Today, here in Mexico, we are taking a stand on climate change. Among our goals: reducing GHG emissions across our global value chain by 27 percent by 2025 and 67 percent by 2050 in order to do our part to keep the planet from warming beyond two degrees.”

    Mexican leadership across the board

    Mars has signed its new PPA with Vive Energía and Envision Energy to supply the electricity required for its six Mexico-based confectionery and pet food facilities. The wind farm is located in Yucatan and will allow Mars Mexico to reduce its GHG emissions by 40% by 2020.

    Yucatán is also a member of the Under2 Coalition – for which The Climate Group acts as Secretariat – alongside 15 other Mexican regions. In last year’s Annual Disclosure Report, Yucatán declared a target to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030, from its 2005 level.

    The state is also tackling the impacts of climate change through collaboration with peers. Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche are all members of the Under2 Coalition and make up the Yucatán Peninsula.

    They have signed an inter-state agreement to work together against the impacts of climate change by creating the Yucatan Peninsula Climate Action Fund, with the aim of attracting, managing and distributing funding for mitigation and adaptation to the impacts of climate change in the peninsula.

    Read more about the RE100 initiative and the Under2 Coalition.

     

     

  • Newsletter: Growing Australian leadership, annual reporting and upcoming events

    Major bank Westpac, tech company Atlassian and Bank Australia are the latest Australian companies to join RE100. We hosted an update webinar to share our plans for 2019, and the annual reporting cycle has started, which will inform our Progress and Insights Report later this year. Read on for more of our latest news, including an overview of key upcoming events.


    Momentum picks up in Australia

    Australian companies Atlassian, Westpac and Bank Australia have joined RE100. Other new members include Bozzuto, Tokyu Land Corporation, The Wonderful Company, BayWa AG, and FUJIFILM Holdings.

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    RBS and Landsec demonstrate leadership

    RE100 members RBS and Landsec are the first companies to join all three of The Climate Group’s corporate initiatives; RE100, EV100 and EP100, making impactful commitments across renewables, electric vehicles and energy productivity.

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    Watch our latest campaign update webinar

     Our latest RE100 webinar provided an overview of our plans for 2019 and how members can get more closely involved. Please contact info@re100.org if you are an RE100 member and would like to watch the recording.

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    Showcase your progress through reporting

    Members are reminded to complete their RE100 reporting by July 31. See our Reporting Guidance and watch our webinar for support. Contact re100@CDP.net for the webinar recording password and with any questions. Results will inform our next Progress and Insights Report.

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    Member news

    Adobe held a design challenge day with The Climate Group for its employees to explore how companies can advance the clean energy transition.

    Apple
    is now working with 44 of its suppliers to grow renewable energy uptake.

    HP brought forwards its target
    to reach 60% renewable electricity by 2025 and 100% by 2035.

    Ingka Group
     (formerly IKEA Group) hosted ONE HOME, ONE PLANET, inviting sustainability leaders to explore a range of themes across sustainable retail.

    Iron Mountain will soon power its Texas and Illinois facilities with 100% renewable power, Microsoft announced new solar and wind projects in Ohio and North Carolina and Starbucks is investing in solar across Texas.

    Walmart
    has completed contracts for 136 new wind and solar projects over the past year, equivalent to over 260,000 homes’ electricity usage.


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

  • RE100 members take new steps to drive the transition to a clean economy

    Current RE100 members RBS and Landsec have shown additional climate leadership by taking ambitious steps across electric transport and energy efficiency as part of The Climate Group's EV100 and EP100 initiatives. Alongside the shift to renewable energy, these are critical areas for delivering a clean economy by 2050.

    Already committed to 100% renewable electricity as part of RE100, which is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RBS has now announced it will switch 300 vehicles to electric and encourage staff uptake of EVs via 600 additional charge points by 2030, as a member of EV100. Under EP100, which is delivered in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, the bank will also improve its energy productivity by 40% by 2025 against its 2015 baseline. 

    Landsec, one of the largest commercial property development and investment companies in the UK, will increase the number of EV charge points across its portfolio to over 300 by the end of 2019, as a new member of EV100. The company has been a member of EP100 since 2017 and is committed to doubling its energy productivity within 20 years from 2014 levels.  

    Both companies are progressing well towards their RE100 goals. Landsec is already consuming over 95% of its electricity from renewable sources and RBS is almost 75% of the way there, having already achieved 100% renewable electricity in the UK and Ireland. 

    Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group, said, "Congratulations to RBS and Landsec on showing it is already possible for the private sector to go further and faster in driving the clean energy transition. As climate change increasingly poses a threat to our economy and more importantly human lives, this is what now defines corporate leadership." 

    Laura Barlow, Sustainable Energy Sponsor and Head of Large Corporates and Institutions, RBS, said:

    “At RBS, we recognise the urgency of action around climate change and managing our own footprint is a significant aspect of that. Through procuring 100% renewable electricity, improving our energy productivity and decarbonising transportation we are able to contribute to global efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

    “We are pleased to be able to show leadership in becoming one of the first organisations to commit to all three of The Climate Group’s campaigns and encourage our customers and colleagues to make the same transition towards a low carbon economy.”

    Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Landsec, said, “We are also delighted to be named as one of the first companies to join all three of The Climate Group’s business initiatives, following our previous commitments to procuring 100% renewable power and doubling our energy productivity.”

    To find out more about ambitious steps companies can take on renewable power specifically, read our leadership paper.

  • Atlassian takes lead on 100% renewable power, becomes first Australian tech company to join RE100

    Atlassian has become the first Australian tech company to join the RE100 initiative, targeting 100% renewable electricity for its global operations by 2025.

    Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 now brings together more than 170 of the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said: “As the first Australian tech company to join RE100, Atlassian is leading the way in the growing corporate push for clean power in Australia. With the price of wind and solar continuing to rapidly fall, sourcing renewables is a win-win for both emission reduction and benefits to bottom line – showing that ambitious targets for 100% renewable electricity simply make business sense. “

    Mike Cannon-Brooks, CEO, Atlassian, said: “This is a massive commitment. And it's a super-complex goal to meet. We have 3000 Atlassians, across ten locations, in seven countries around the world. In a company of this size, action like this is not easy. But we’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.”

    To meet its RE100 target, Atlassian will work with energy providers to directly purchase renewables for its operations. The company already sources 100% renewable power for its Mountain View office in California.

    Where working directly with suppliers to source renewable energy is not yet possible, Atlassian will purchase Energy Attribute Certificates or Renewable Energy Certificates equivalent to 100% of energy consumption.

    Atlassian will also focus on cutting reducing energy use in its buildings, ensuring the renewable electricity it sources is as efficiently used as possible. This process involves both innovation and behavioral change, such as designing workspaces that reduce the need for artificial light and encourage employees to reduce waste. 

     The potential for corporate sourcing of renewables in Australia continues to grow as investment in clean power ramps up. In 2018, renewables investment in Australia totaled more than AUD$ 20 billion.

  • Australian businesses must seize opportunity to lead in clean economy, says Bank Australia

    Sydney, Australia: Going all in on renewable power is a smart business decision, says Bank Australia as it calls on more companies to seize the opportunity to lead the growing corporate push for clean energy in Australia.

    The call comes as Bank Australia joins RE100, the global business initiative on 100% renewable power led by The Climate Group, the international non-profit committed to accelerating climate action, in partnership with CDP.

    By joining a global movement on renewables and calling for others to follow, the company will have greater impact on driving the shift to clean energy markets and deliver on its existing commitment to source 100% renewable electricity by 2020.

    Through its commitment, Bank Australia will cut its global emissions by more than half while securing electricity at low cost and responding to customer demand for leadership in growing renewable power markets.

    Bank Australia has already seen significant financial benefits from its existing renewable projects as the price of renewable energy has fallen. In 2015, the company doubled the size of its existing solar rooftop project on its Victoria headquarters for a quarter of the original price.

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said: “As global renewable energy prices continue to drop, Australian companies are waking up to the business benefits of sourcing clean power. With the country currently at a crossroads between the fossil fuel sources of the past and the clean energy systems of tomorrow, businesses are starting to lead the way.

    “Bank Australia is already reaping the financial rewards of its investment in renewable electricity. By joining RE100 and calling on other Australian companies to do the same, the company is now sending a clear message that renewables are the fair, clean and cheap power sources of the future.” 

    Damien Walsh, Bank Australia Managing Director, said: “Clear action on climate change is something our customers expect of us, and it’s a key reason people join Bank Australia. We’ve been working towards 100% renewable electricity since 2015, so we’re pleased to sign up to RE100 and encourage other businesses in Australia to do the same.”

    Jon Dee, RE100 Australia Coordinator, who is helping The Climate Group with the development of RE100 in Australia, said: “Australian companies are starting to see the bottom line benefits of renewable energy. Research shows that a well-negotiated power purchase agreement can potentially provide savings between 15-47% on the energy component of a typical electricity bill. If more companies make the switch to renewable energy, it could have significant benefits across the Australian economy.”

    The potential for corporate sourcing of renewables in Australia continues to grow as investment in clean power ramps up. In 2018, renewables investment in Australia totalled more than AUD$ 20 billion.

    Australia could be powered by 100% renewables by 2032 at current rate of solar and wind installation, say researchers at Australian National University.