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  • Newsletter: solar success and looking ahead to Climate Week NYC

    ALL REGIONS

    Solar Impulse completes global flight

    Reminding us all that the sky's the limit when it comes to renewable energy, Solar Impulse has completed the world’s first round-the-world solar flight. “The future is clean. The future is you. The future is now. Let’s take it further,”- pilot Bertand Piccard, on arrival in Abu Dhabi; a message that RE100 members are already embracing.

    Solution Providers to work with RE100

    As part of our new self-sustaining funding structure for the RE100 campaign we are now inviting carefully selected technology providers, project developers, financiers and more to become RE100 ‘Solution Providers’. For an annual fee, these companies will be able to provide valuable insight into new technological, policy and project developments with interested RE100 members – through our events, knowledge sharing webinars and digital media. 


    EUROPE

    British Land joins RE100

    The UK-based property management company British Land has joined the campaign with a goal to be 100% powered by renewable electricity by 2019. Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director said: ‘Many RE100 members who rent office and retail space will benefit from landlords - like British Land - who can provide 100% renewable power. From improved reputations to stabilised energy bills, there are advantages for everyone concerned.”

    Shareaction points companies to RE100

    'More and more companies are becoming aware of the business case for renewables and joining RE100, thanks to the work of ShareAction. Here, Project Coordinator Liz Sowden blogs on the progress being made.' 

    REA launches solar guide for business

    The Renewable Energy Association and the BRE National Solar Centre have released a new guide to installing solar PV systems of commercial rooftops in the UK, to help owners and tenants of commercial buildings to switch to renewable power. “With solar PV, companies can have more control of their energy supplies, manage their costs and cut down on their carbon emissions” - Gaynor Hartnell, Advisor to the REA.


    NORTH AMERICA

    Highlighting market hotspots for businesses to go renewable

    More than 100 executives from members of RE100 and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center attended a joint RE100-BRC webinar on July 20. Steve Abbott, Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, reviewed how the BRC’s Marketplace platform is helping large companies to purchase renewable energy. Using data from the Marketplace, Steve highlighted the hottest markets based on project availability and corporate buyer interest.  


    DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

    August 31- September 1: The second summit (II Climate Summit of the Americas), Guadalajara, Mexico - The government of Jalisco will resume the effort and spirit of last year’s first summit, hosted by the Government of Ontario, and reconvene subnational governments of the Americas along with the business, academic and civil society sectors to follow up the agreements reached in 2015. There will be speaking opportunities for RE100 members at this event and we will use this platform to increase awareness of the need for policy to support corporate sourcing of renewables.

    September 1: Launch of Clean Energy Registry - APX is to launch a new Clean Energy Registry (CER) to support the issuance, tracking and retirement of Tradable Instruments for Global Renewables (TIGRs). This will initially support issuances from projects in Singapore but will expand to additional countries. “Demand is coming from Fortune 500 firms with commitments to RE100 to ensure sustainability strategies are properly implemented,” said Lars Kvale, Head of Business Development at APX. For more information visit http://technology-trust-news.org/t/6R6-4EOBV-KTYL3A-2860J0-0/c.aspx

     

    September 19: Opening Ceremony, Climate Week NYC, U.S. - Climate Week NYC is The Climate Group’s global flagship event; a milestone in the international climate calendar and a focal meeting point for leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. RE100 will be announcing some news. We will be sending formal invitations for the Opening Ceremony out shortly.

    There will be a RE100-EP100 side event on Tuesday, September 20 including a number of high level speakers from leading members in the two campaigns. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

    November 1: ‘What are the strategic options for corporates to source 100% renewables globally?’ Ernst & Young event, London, U.K. - Emily Farnworth (RE100), Andrew Griffiths (Nestlé) and Tony Dunnage (Unilever) are among the speakers at this event held at Ernst & Young offices in London. Discussions will include increased consumer choice as a driver for ambitious targets, and changing markets and standards in the UK and Europe in a post-Brexit context. RE100 members will be invited.

    November 7-18: UNFCCC COP22, Marrakesh, Morocco: We are collaborating with REBA, IRENA, WBCSD, CEM7, the Global Solar Council and CAN International to ensure corporate demand for renewables is integrated into key events and discussions at COP22. There will be a number of speaking opportunities for senior executives of RE100 members. If your company will be represented at COP22 and is interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director EFarnworth@theclimategroup.org.