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  • Newsletter: What's on at COP, PPA advice & influencing EU policy

    COP22 - WHAT'S ON

    Although RE100 will not have an event at COP this year, we have been collaborating with a number of organisations such as CDP, IRENA and UN Global Compact, to ensure that corporate demand for renewables is integrated into high level discussions in Marrakech. We have been able to secure speaker slots for several RE100 members.

    Event highlights

    Wednesday 9: Business & Industry Day - a Blue Zone event from 13:30 -16:00hrs will showcase mitigation-focused initiatives that are in line with the Paris goals. Facebook and Unilever will be speaking. A dialogue session carbon pricing will follow 16:30 - 18:30hrs

    Friday 11: Energy Day - a Blue Zone event is being coordinated by SE4All and IRENA. The morning session (energy efficiency and renewables) will be 10:00-12:30hrs in the Atlantic Room. The afternoon session (energy access), will take place 13:30-16:00hrs - room TBC. IRENA is approaching RE100 members about speaking slots. 

    The Climate Group will be focusing its COP22 communications efforts around this day, when we will be announcing new members to our corporate initiatives, including RE100. We will aim to create a buzz around the hashtags #RE100, #REenergise and #COP22.

    Sunday 13: World Climate Summit - This year’s Summit is taking place at the Hotel Palm Plaza. From 11.30 - 12.30hrs there will be a panel discussion on how corporate sourcing of renewables can accelerate progress towards climate goals, between governmental representatives, corporate buyers and suppliers. Facebook is among the confirmed speakers. 

    Monday 14: EU Energy Day - This day will provide an overview of the latest progress and achievements of the EU energy policies, and their implications and relevance for other world regions. RE100 member IKEA is confirmed to speak. Further information here.


    OTHER NEWS - ALL REGIONS

    RE100 in the spotlight

    Congratulations to members Apple, Bank of America, General Motors, IKEA, Mars, Tetra Pak and Wal-Mart - recently featured by CNBC as big businesses embracing renewable energy.

    New guidance on PPAs

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a new report to help corporates take out Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). RE100 members BT, DSM, Nestlé and Unilever fed into the report, which illustrates the benefits for companies and developers alike. Damian Ryan, Acting CEO, The Climate Group called it “a helpful read for all RE100 members.” 

     


    EUROPE

    Members join forces on renewable power

    Congratulations to DSM, Google and Philips who have partnered with AkzoNobel on a long-term PPA to jointly purchase renewable power for part of their operations in The Netherlands. Read all about it here.   

    Examining strategies for going 100% renewable

    EY, RECS International and RE100 have held a unique forum for corporates to learn more about renewable strategies and network with industry peers. RE100 members Nestlé and Unilever shared success stories of getting board sign-off on their 100% renewable power targets. Technical experts Pedro Faria, Technical Director at CDP and Jared Braslawsky, Secretary-General, RECS International, who both sit on the RE100 Technical Advisory group, also spoke at the event and offered best practice advice on establishing robust energy strategies and transparent reporting.  

    Influencing EU energy policy

    RE100 has commissioned a new report from E3G which makes policy recommendations to help companies go 100% renewable in Europe. Many thanks to those companies that shared their experiences for the report. We will be sending it to EU policy makers to influence key discussions ahead of the new EU Renewable Energy Directive, for which a draft is expected in early December. All RE100 members will receive the final copy. 


    NORTH AMERICA

    Bank of America shares its story

    Bank of America, which joined RE100 during Climate Week NYC, has spoken to RE100 about its drive to achieve carbon neutrality and 100% renewable power by 2020. In an interview Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive, said: "by joining forces with other global sustainability leaders, we will have a much greater impact than we would if we approached it individually."


    CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

    Webinar: using PPAs in Mexico & Chile

    In a joint webinar from RE100, Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center and WBCSD, Rob Threlkeld. Global Manager - Renewable Energy at General Motors, and other experts shared their experiences of using Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Mexico and Chile. GM's first wind project was a PPA in Mexico with Enel Green Power. 


    DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

    January 14-15, 2017: IRENA General Assembly, Abu Dhabi

    There will be a session dedicated to the private sector at the IRENA General Assembly, and speaker slots will be open to RE100 members. Gold Members will be given priority. More information to follow.

    January 16-19, 2017: World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi/launch of RE100 Annual Report

    We are working closely with CDP on the development of our RE100 Annual Report for 2017, in which we will report on the progress of the RE100 campaign and its members in working to 100% renewable power globally. This year we will be taking a closer look at where members are creating demand for renewable power, and the strategies they are using to get there.