Accelerating Change: RE100 Annual Report 2017
Corporate sourcing of renewable electricity can be a major driver of the transition to a robust, zero-emissions economy, according to the 2017 RE100 Annual Report, published during Davos. The report also highlights the various regional approaches being taken by RE100 members progressing towards 100% renewable electricity goals, and reflects on campaign achievements over the last year. Coinciding with the launch, Danske Bank Group, Gatwick Airport Limited and Royal Philips became members of RE100, following Bankia in early January.
Celebrating RE100 - new video
An innovative new video produced by CBS EcoMedia showcases RE100 and features interviews with members Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and IKEA Group. “Why are companies doing this? The cost of renewable energy is coming down, rapidly,” says Jim Walker, Co-Founder of The Climate Group. “When you are using on-site renewables, you are managing volatility in the price of your energy supply, you’re generating your own electrons and you are buying them from yourself - you don’t have to buy them at a retail price, so it’s cheaper, just makes good business sense.” Watch the 3 minute video.
Knowledge sharing: Power Purchase Agreements
Participants on a recent webinar hosted by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) and RE100 heard how large companies are increasingly looking to off-site renewable energy contracts to meet their sustainability targets. The webinar looked at the BRC’s new practical tools for helping companies use Power Purchase Agreements.
Powering a cleaner future: RE100 and Google partner on EU energy event
RE100 and Google have convened businesses and EU policymakers at a unique event in Brussels, to discuss how to create the right market conditions in Europe to help leading companies deliver on their commitments to 100% renewable power. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of Energy Union at the European Commission emphasized the importance of corporate demand in driving the energy transition. Senior speakers from RE100 members Google, IKEA Group, Nestlé and Swiss Re highlighted the business case for renewable power. The event follows on from a RE100 report calling for changes in EU energy policy to help businesses reap the benefits of renewable power in Europe.
Tata Motors Limited: peer-to-peer learning webinar
This RE100 peer-to-peer learning webinar enabled members to hear of Tata Motors’ experience of direct sourcing of renewable electricity via India’s Open Access mechanism and third party procurement. Abhay Pathak, Sustainability Lead at Tata Motors shared the company’s successes and challenges in sourcing renewable electricity to date, and participants gained a better understanding of the Indian renewable energy market.
DATES FOR YOU DIARIES
February 2017 (date TBC): RE100 markets and policy webinar, with a guest speaker from WRI - This webinar will focus on the relationship between regulatory requirements, national targets, emissions caps and voluntary renewable energy purchases in the US.
February 13, 2017, 4.15 - 5:30pm: ‘The Critical Role of Business for Sustainable Cities’ event at GreenBiz in Phoenix, Arizona, US - The Climate Group is collaborating with Arizona State University, WBCSD and GreenBiz on a breakout session focused on business’ role in sustainable city growth.
March 2017 (date TBC): RE100 webinar on variable tariff calculation for solar in India - This RE100 markets and policy webinar will cover an introduction to India’s variable tariff, understanding of its structure, a simple excel based tool to calculate it, and case studies from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu states.
March 21-22, 2017: RECs Market Meeting 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands -This year’s RECs Market Meeting will focus on the demand-side of the electricity market. The event will look at the EU Renewable Energy Directive, US PPA growth, tracking mechanisms, and market changes in India, the UAE and Brazil. The event is expected to draw 300 leading European renewable procurement experts. Damian Ryan, Acting CEO of The Climate Group, will be speaking on behalf of RE100.
March 2017 (date TBC): RE100 technical support webinar - credible claims - This will be another chance to join our webinar on making credible claims around renewable electricity usage, following a report by the RE100 Technical Advisory Group last year. The webinar will be aimed at companies that have joined the campaign in the last six months.
June 6-8, 2017– CEM8, Beijing, China - China will host the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial, the annual meeting of energy ministers from 24 member countries and the European Union. More information to follow.
For the latest on all upcoming events, please visit the our events page.