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  • Newsletter: Paris Agreement, knowledge sharing, and making credible claims

    ALL REGIONS

    Support for Paris Agreement

    RE100 companies have voiced their support for the Paris Agreement as it was signed by 175 governments.“We were delighted to see world leaders agree a strong deal at COP21. Now business must step up and create a clear, ambitious pathway to a low carbon future.”- Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer. Several RE100 companies promoted new analysis on market opportunities arising from the Paris Agreement, and 13 members also signed a joint statement in support of the Clean Power Plan. Many others also took to social media to highlight their success in reducing CO2 emissions.

    Making credible claims

    The RE100 Technical Advisory Group has issued best practice guidance for corporates making claims over their use of renewable electricity.This is a technical deep-dive into corporate transparency and credibility, described as a “must read” for RE100 companies. The briefing has been one year in the making, in consultation with RE100 companies and industry stakeholders. Read this blog by Roberto Zanchi, Technical Manager for renewable energy at CDP, to hear more. 


    USA

    Knowledge sharing

    RE100 and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) held a joint webinar on April 20, attended by more than 60 people. Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) joined to provide insights on the global renewable energy market. Investment is on the rise, thanks to the falling costs of wind and solar power, and 2015 saw record investment of $329bn globally in new energy technologies, companies and projects. Read this to find out more about our partnership.


    EUROPE

    Crédit Agricole joins RE100

    A warm welcome to the French banking group Crédit Agricole which joined RE100 with a goal to be 100% powered by renewable electricity this year. "By renegotiating our contracts with EDF, we expect to save thousands of tonnes of CO2 and millions of Euros - a win-win for the environment and our balance sheets." - Stanislas Pottier, Head of Sustainable Development at Crédit Agricole S.A.

    RE100 companies outline business case for 100% goals

    100% renewable power is a credible and feasible global commitment for world leading businesses, said RE100 companies championing the campaign at the Clean Energy Summit in London. Joanna Yarrow of IKEA; Joe Franses of Coca-Cola Enterprises; Mike Barry, of Marks & Spencer; and Andrew Griffiths of Nestlé outlined why it made business sense to go 100% renewable with RE100. Joanna Yarrow said it was actually a lot easier to set a 100 percent renewable goal than 80 or 90 percent.

    RE100 companies shortlisted for awards

    Biogen, Unilever, Marks & Spencer, BT Group, and Aviva have been shortlisted for British Renewable Energy Awards, each recognized for leadership on “mainstreaming renewable energy through the scale of its investment or its commitment to securing its energy needs from renewables.” RE100 member Formula E has also been shortlisted under low carbon transport. An awards ceremony will be held in June.


    SOUTHEAST ASIA

    Knowledge sharing

    A RE100 webinar on April 12 gave an overview of the renewable energy market in Southeast Asia and was attended by around 20 people. Guest speakers included Liam Salter, CEO of RESET Carbon, and Tor Pramoj, Managing Director at BayWa r.e., who looked at markets, policies and economics of renewable energy in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. 


    LOOKING AHEAD

    May 5-6: Climate Action 2016, Washington D.C., U.S. - This event will seek to deepen and expand climate action coalitions and provide a launch pad for climate implementation in the pre-2020 era.

    May 26, 16:00 hrs IST: Knowledge sharing webinar, India - Shailesh Telang, Project Officer, CDP India, will provide an overview of renewable electricity market options available to businesses in India and how these meet the RE100 Criteria.

    May 31: RE100-WBCSD LCTPi workshop on corporate procurement via PPA, San Francisco, U.S. - This workshop aims to review the evolution of the corporate PPA market in the US, shed light on emerging opportunities in Mexico, and engage US companies looking to contract PPAs outside of their national territory. RE100 members are invited to attend.

    June 1-2: Clean Energy Ministerial, San Francisco, U.S. - This event will convene 23 participating countries and the European Commission to promote policies and share best practices to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. A RE100 announcement will coincide.

    June 28-29: Business & Climate Summit, London, U.K. - The Climate Group and core Summit partners will convene businesses and governments to agree a roadmap for reaching net zero emissions over the next half century. We are in contact with RE100 companies regarding speaker opportunities. A separate RE100 side event will be held on June 29, 16:00-21:00hrs, for which sponsorship opportunities are available. We will bring together RE100 companies, prospects, partners and stakeholders to hear a unique panel of board members share what questions they need answering to agree to a corporate 100% renewable electricity commitment. This will be followed by a networking reception. For further information about sponsorship opportunities contact Chris Brown, Head of Sponsorship and Business Development: CBrown@theclimategroup.org.

    September 19: Signature Event, Climate Week NYC, U.S. - This is The Climate Group’s global flagship event. Run annually for the last seven years, the event has become a milestone in the international climate calendar and a focal meeting point for leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. We are in contact with RE100 companies regarding speaker opportunities. There will be a RE100 side event on September 20. We will bring together a unique panel of board members to share what questions they need answering to agree to a corporate 100% renewable electricity commitment. This will be followed by a networking reception. Sponsorship opportunities will be available. For further information contact Chris Brown:CBrown@theclimategroup.org.

    June 28-29: Business & Climate Summit, London, U.K. - The Climate Group and core Summit partners will convene businesses and governments to agree a roadmap for reaching net zero emissions over the next half century, helping to ensure that the commitments made in Paris are translated into action. A RE100 side event will be held on June 29, 16:00-21:00hrs. Sponsorship opportunities are available.