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  • Sky joins RE100 with a global commitment to going ‘100% renewable’

    Sky plc has furthered its longstanding commitment to tackling climate change by joining RE100 with a goal to source 100% renewable electricity by 2020 where available.

    The European entertainment company already obtains most of its electricity from renewable sources globally.

    Across its managed UK & Ireland sites, Sky’s energy is provided by either its own on-site renewable energy plants, or through a renewable energy tariff.

    Recognizing that renewables make business sense, Sky will now take the same approach in Italy, Germany and Austria.

    In an interview with RE100 Fiona Ball, Head of Responsible Business at Sky, said: “We wanted to show leadership and whilst committing to a bold and challenging target, we wanted to also recognize the business case and show that acting responsibly, and being successful commercially go hand-in-hand.

    “We can demonstrate the benefit of doing the right thing and leading by example, whilst also making our energy supply more resilient.”

    Speaking about the value of joining RE100 and working towards 100% renewable electricity, alongside the world’s most influential companies, she added: “This initiative provides an opportunity to be a part of something where there is a common goal and sense of ambition, and a strong message to markets and governments to encourage support for a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system.

    “We need to maintain momentum post COP21 in Paris and make sure actions come out of all of the hard work that went into last year.”

    Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director at The Climate Group welcomed the company’s move: “By joining RE100 Sky is demonstrating the leading role business can play to help deliver the Paris Agreement and we hope others will follow.”

    She added: “It’s great that Sky intends to encourage its landlords to switch to renewables – we know that finding renewable power solutions in rented property can pose a challenge to companies.”

    In 2006, Sky was the first media company to go to carbon neutral. Sky has been procuring renewable power across its UK & Ireland sites for a number of years already. Sky’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact is also further reflected by a gross emissions target to reduce its carbon intensity by 50% by 2020 – of which it is already at 38%.

    There are challenges associated with buying renewable electricity in different countries. RE100 members are collectively demonstrating that there is business demand for renewable energy, which in turn will lead to easier access.

    For more information on what Sky is doing to reduce its impact on the environment, make better, more sustainable products and to inspire its customers to take action on climate change, please visit Sky’s website, or follow @skybiggerpic on Twitter.

    RE100 now includes 56 companies from a wide range of sectors and operations all over the world. Including: Adobe, Alstria, Autodesk, Aviva, Biogen, Bloomberg L.P., BMW Group, BROAD Group, BT Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Commerzbank, DSM, Elion Resources Group, Elopak, Formula E, Givaudan, Goldman Sachs, Google, H&M, IKEA Group, Infosys, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.(IFF), J. Safra Sarasin, Johnson & Johnson, Kingspan, KPN, La Poste, Land Securities, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike, Inc., Nordea Bank AB, Novo Nordisk, Pearson PLC, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Proximus, RELX Group, Salesforce, SAP, SGS, Sky plc, Starbucks, Steelcase, Swiss Post, Swiss Re, Tata Motors Limited, UBS, Unilever, Vaisala, Voya Financial, Walmart and YOOX Group.

  • BMW Group named among climate leaders in automobile industry - new CDP report

    BMW has been highlighted as one of four “clear leaders” in the automotive industry, set to thrive in a post COP21 era.

    A new report released by CDP compares emissions-related metrics of 15 of the world’s largest automakers that account for around 90% of the global auto market by sales volume.

    BMW ranks third in the overall table, jumping from eighth place last year. Nissan, Renault and Toyota also come out top.

    CDP praised BMW’s support of low carbon regulation and development of plug-in electric vehicles, and awarded it an A-grade for its management of emissions during the manufacturing stage – which accounts for around 20% of the industry’s emissions.

    Paul Simpson, Chief Executive of CDP, said: “By performing well in areas such as advanced vehicles and supporting low carbon regulation manufacturers such as Nissan, Renault, BMW and Toyota are putting themselves in the fast lane for future growth.”

    BMW joined RE100 during the climate negotiations last December and committed to transition to 100% renewable power, with an interim target of sourcing more than two thirds of the group’s electricity from renewables by 2020. Alongside renewables, the company has been aggressively working to decrease energy consumption in production, and by 2014 had reduced this per vehicle by 34.2%, compared to 2006.

    When joining the campaign, Dr. Markus Schramm, Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Product Strategy at BMW Group, said: “The BMW Group is continually reducing its energy consumption and is intensifying its efforts to produce more power in-house and to use energy from local renewable sources. The company also actively supports the expansion of renewable energy. This enables us to increase our autonomy and profitability.”

    Another leading automobile company, Tata Motors Limited, was the first company to join RE100 post COP21. The move committed the company to switching its operations to 100% renewable electricity and paved the way for other businesses in the sector to follow suit.

    CDP analysis shows that the car manufacturing industry has a long way to go to play its part in tackling climate change, however.

    Simpson said: “It’s time for car makers to take climate change seriously. Six months on from the VW emissions scandal, today’s new investor research shows that too many companies still fall short in the light of stringent regulation and possible penalties on fleet emissions and that’s a significant risk for the sector as a whole.”

  • IRENA: Doubling today’s renewables will create 24 million jobs, boost global GDP by $1.3 trillion and save 4 million lives a year

    Doubling today’s share of renewable energy would help the world meet its bold climate goals agreed in Paris – while avoiding up to 12 gigatons of CO2, creating more than 24 million jobs, saving 4 million lives a year and boosting global GDP up to US$1.3 trillion.

    The findings, published today in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) report ‘REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future’, build on a January study that highlighted how investing in low carbon energy is beneficial for the economy and the planet.

    “Achieving a doubling is not only feasible, it is cheaper than not doing so,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “REmap shows this is not only the most economic pathway, but also the most socially and environmentally conscious. It would create more jobs, save millions of lives from reduced air pollution and set us on a pathway to limit global temperature rise to two degrees as agreed in Paris.” 

    RE100 aims to spur the renewables transition.

    “Many companies are switching to renewable power at a remarkable rate, and encouraging their suppliers and customers to do the same,” says Emily FarnworthRE100 Campaign Director.

    Our analysis of the private sector’s electricity consumption and carbon emissions indicated that a switch to power from renewable sources could cut global CO2 by nearly 15%. By acting together, the world’s leading companies are creating a thriving renewable energy market that will help keep a global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.”

    Global investors already understand the importance of focusing on renewables to protect their long-term assets. Clean investment attracted a record US$329 billion last year – about six times the amount invested in 2004 – as a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows.

    However, to achieve the IRENA target of doubling renewables, additional investments of US$100 billion per year are needed, including avoided investments in the fossil fuel industry.

    Recent growth in renewables could keep the world on track for this target. 2015 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy capacity installations, with 64 gigawatts (GW) of wind and 57 GW of solar photovoltaic commissioned during the year – an increase of nearly 30% over the previous year.

    Solar is also projected to be the cheapest source of energy in the next 10 years, thanks to continuously falling prices, led by China. While the country is the biggest polluter to date, it is also the world’s biggest investor in clean energy with more than US$110 billion invested last year. In 2015, China also hit a new record for wind capacity, adding almost 33 GW to hit a total of 120 GW, according to state data.

    “The age of renewable energy is here, but without concerted efforts, its potential will not be reached fast enough to meet international climate and development targets,” said Mr. Amin. “For decision makers in the public and private sectors alike, this roadmap sends an alert – both on the opportunities at hand and on the costs of not taking them.” 

  • Renewable power makes business sense: Bloomberg joins RE100 with a commitment to go 100% by 2025

    Bloomberg L.P., the global financial software, data and media company, has joined RE100 and set an ambitious goal to use 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

    Bloomberg’s commitment furthers the company’s ongoing efforts to prove that sustainable business practices are good for the environment and good for business. 

    The move comes ahead of the release of the 2015 Bloomberg Impact Report later this month, which will reveal the full extent of its efforts around renewables and sustainability.

    Curtis Ravenel, Global Head of Sustainable Business and Finance at Bloomberg, said: “Sourcing renewable electricity enables us to diversify our energy supply, reduce costs, provide a hedge against rising traditional energy costs and helps contribute to cleaner, healthier communities.

    “RE100 convinced us that they had gathered a strong coalition of committed companies, dedicated to real outcomes. That’s exciting to us. Collaborating with other companies who are demonstrating that distributed clean energy makes business sense will allow all of us to have a greater impact in bringing other companies along.”

    Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, North America at The Climate Group, said: “Bloomberg is the first US company to join RE100 post Paris and we are delighted to see their continued progress. The company recognizes that renewable power will help to lower costs, reduce risk and contribute to a cleaner, healthier future – a win for both business and the environment.

    She added: “There’s a huge opportunity for businesses to deliver emissions cuts via renewables and Bloomberg’s leadership is exactly what we need to inspire many more companies to make the switch to renewables, too.”

    Although long committed to integrating sustainability into its business model, Bloomberg was only sourcing 1% of its electricity from renewable energy in 2015. In 2013, the company set a target to use 35% renewable electricity by 2020 and it is making good progress; expecting to source 21% from renewables by the end of 2017.

    Having previously purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) as a means of reducing its carbon footprint, Bloomberg has shifted its efforts to developing renewable power generation projects either on-site or nearby to offices and data centers.

    Lower financial costs and financial mechanisms like Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are making the transition possible, with benefits including reduced emissions and financial savings.

    In autumn last year the company completed the Bloomberg-JFK Airport Park Solar Project – the first solar project of its kind in New York City to use remote net metering, a system that enables a site with poor solar capacity to benefit from solar PV systems installed at an alternative site.

    With a generating potential of 1,800 MWh annually, the solar park will enable Bloomberg’s Manhattan headquarters to partially convert to solar electricity, and result in the avoidance of almost 535Mt of CO2 being released per year.

    In addition, Bloomberg’s other renewable energy projects include a 2.9 MW PPA to supply renewable power to its data center in Rockland County New York, a 184 KW project at its New Jersey office, and a 20 MW wind farm PPA that will power almost half of Bloomberg’s New York offices. The projects are scheduled to come online by the end of 2017.

    Find out more about Bloomberg’s journey to 100% renewable electricity by reading our interview with Curtis Ravenel.

    RE100 now includes 55 companies from a wide range of sectors and operations all over the world. Including: Adobe, Alstria, Autodesk, Aviva, Biogen, Bloomberg L.P., BMW Group, BROAD Group, BT Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Commerzbank, DSM, Elion Resources Group, Elopak, Formula E, Givaudan, Goldman Sachs, Google, H&M, IKEA Group, Infosys, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.(IFF), J. Safra Sarasin, Johnson & Johnson, Kingspan, KPN, La Poste, Land Securities, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike, Inc., Nordea Bank AB, Novo Nordisk, Pearson PLC, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Proximus, RELX Group, Salesforce, SAP, SGS, Starbucks, Steelcase, Swiss Post, Swiss Re, Tata Motors Limited, UBS, Unilever, Vaisala, Voya Financial, Walmart and YOOX Group.

  • "Let's build this next new wave of the industrial revolution": Steve Howard, IKEA

    In an interview with The Climate Group’s Climate TV, Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA, says the global climate change conversation has changed, stating: “We’re talking about opportunity sharing rather than burden sharing, about investment rather than cost.”

    “We’ve talked for a long time about long, loud and legal policy making,” says Steve Howard. “If you’re a business you make long-term plans but then you actually change as you go – you adjust – can you go faster? Can you strengthen targets? And evidence from technology shows that actually you can go further and faster.”

    The IKEA CSO notes that with advances in renewable technologies, it will be cheaper for companies to choose wind and solar power than coal or gas in most countries by 2030. “Just solar alone in the last five or six years – we’ve seen an 80% reduction in the prices. What’s possible with it is radically different from a few years ago.”

     

    In the video interview, Steve Howard warns that despite plummeting renewables costs, in order for a global energy transition to take place investment must come from every economy. “In developing countries where people have almost no part in creating this problem – they need some financing on the table to help them with the transitions, to help for adaptation and help actually get a clean economy in place.”

    “So we need governments to step up to the commitment they made on the US$100 billion. It’s not a lot to ask that will leverage huge amounts of investment from the private sector,” he adds. “With good government policy, we’ll see a wave of business innovation and investment that unlocks the clean revolution that we all want to see.”

    The furniture retailer is one of the founding partners of RE100, with a target to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020 it has been investing heavily in renewables to ensure it is on track to achieve this.

    As well as implementing ambitious targets of its own to decarbonize its operations, the company is also spurred by increasing consumer demand to provide low carbon products. “At IKEA we can see our customers really care about climate change but they want easy, affordable, attractive solutions,” says Steve Howard.

    In light of this the Swedish company has “an ambition to have 500 million LEDs sold by the end of 2020 – that’s enough to save all the household electricity in Paris and London every year when those LEDs are installed, and they’ll save energy for a further 20 years.” In September last year, IKEA stopped sales of halogen and compact fluorescent bulbs, becoming the first retailer in the UK to sell only LEDs for lighting, helping its customers save energy and make affordable choices to lower their carbon footprints.

    “We’ve also started selling solar panels in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK and we’ll roll out some more countries. So we’ve had people come into IKEA looking for towels and actually leaving having ordered solar panels for their roofs. But it’s a great thing for them to do for their wallets, for their homes and for the environment. So they’re really happy they’ve turned their roofs into a power station,” says Steve Howard.

    Talking of the climate deal reached at COP21, the CSO explains how this is just the beginning of a global energy transition. “We’ll see Paris as the turning point between the high carbon economy of the first phase of the industrial revolution and the clean economy of the future. We’ll put fossil fuels behind us and the strategic assets of the 21st century will be the things above the ground. It’ll be about the wind, the forests, the water and the sun that shines all around us on the world.”

    Closing the interview, Steve Howard touches on the importance of strong government policy in alignment with corporate engagement to “see the business innovation and investment that will unlock a clean revolution that will be great for people everywhere.”

  • RE100 companies among leading economic voices at International Green Growth Forum

    Economic and political leaders from around the world have gathered to discuss how smart business action and innovative sub-national government policy can deliver on the Paris Agreement goals and accelerate the transition to a thriving low carbon economy.

    Organized by the Welsh Government in collaboration with The Climate Group, the International Green Growth Forum in Cardiff, Wales, is one of the first global events since the COP21 climate talks last December, where the Paris Agreement was announced.

    Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD, said this forward-thinking action from business and governments is the “biggest opportunity of our age”, marking the December 12 date of the Paris Agreement as one which will be remembered as the historic moment “we decide to tackle climate change”. He said the opportunity lies most of all in the rapidly falling costs of clean energy technologies, which will “drive growth whilst reducing carbon emissions”. Alluding to the rise of renewables in the face of increasingly redundant fossil fuels he affirmed: "Tomorrow's economy won't be built using today's tools."

    Sir David King, UK Government Special Representative for Climate Change, interviewed by The Climate Group for Climate TV earlier this week, also spoke of the rapid adoption of low carbon technologies being witnessed around the globe, pointing to South Africa’s ambitious plans to build 9.6 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2030. 

    Investing in clean energy brings bottom line benefits and also reduces business risk, according to Andrew Griffiths, UK Environmental Sustainability Manager at Nestlé, a company in the RE100 campaign. He stressed how “food manufacturing businesses are particularly susceptible to climate change”. 

    Governments around the world also have similar incentives to act on climate as businesses, said Marta Subirà i Roca, Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia. She explained that state and regional governments are in a “pivotal position” to collaborate effectively with the business world to achieve this. “Accelerating green growth relies on developing partnerships with the private sector”, she said.

    Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, chaired a practical discussion on how exactly this business and government collaboration will work. "Doing what we're doing, faster, doesn't get us there" he warned, rather strategic cross-sectoral links will afford us the scale we need to drive down emissions.

    But while many leading governments are already working with like-minded companies who know the only way to move forward is low carbon growth, this work must also extend to these leaders’ customers and citizens to be most effective, according to Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer at BT – another RE100 company. “The narrative must be around empowering communities – it's more powerful than green growth alone,” he said. Last October BT launched 100% Sport – a global campaign to inspire sports fans to use renewable energy.

    In the afternoon, four parallel workshops honed in on issues around low carbon growth, including climate-resilient infrastructure and green investment. Hosting a ‘Building for the Future’ session on the transition to clean energy systems, Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director at The Climate Group discussed renewable uptake with corporate, policy and academic leaders including representatives from the governments of North Rhine-Westphaliaand Catalonia, and Nestlé.

    The Climate Group and Welsh Government's successful International Green Growth Forum proves that with the Paris Agreement just three months behind us, whatever happens at the international level, political and business leaders from around the world are ready to deliver on its goals and invest in a future that is cleaner, safer and more prosperous for everyone.

  • Blog: Roberto Zanchi, CDP on taking corporate renewable energy use to the next level

    CDP partners with The Climate Group over the delivery of RE100, gathering information on companies’ renewable power production and procurement and coordinating the activities of the Technical Advisory Group. Here Technical Manager, Roberto Zanchi blogs on how updates to this year’s CDP climate change questionnaire will help to drive corporate adoption of renewables.

    At CDP we are keen to help remove the barriers between companies and their low-carbon goals, which is why this year we are piloting a new component in our annual climate change questionnaire.  Companies will now have the opportunity to share information about their renewable energy purchases and production.

    Companies are already sharing data on the emissions factors they apply to their energy purchases. Over the course of the past four years, we achieved this by progressively aligning our reporting system with the recommendations of the widely-recognized GHG Protocol.

    This year, CDP goes one step further with the implementation of the dual reporting requirement for scope 2 emissions. This means that companies will disclose information about both the physical emissions of the power grid they source electricity from, as well as the sources of power behind their contracts. As Bloomberg reports, this could help spark fresh business demand for renewable energy.

    Through RE100, a joint initiative between CDP and the Climate Group, we are already seeing strong business interest in switching to 100% clean energy. The 54 companies who are members of the campaign will voluntarily disclose their renewable energy targets, purchases and production to CDP. This information will encapsulate all of these companies’ commitments, achievements and best practice, and create a knowledge base that will help drive corporate adoption of renewables forward.

    Since 2014, CDP has run the RE100 Technical Advisory Group, a team of industry experts from several of CDP’s partner organizations: Center for Resource Solutions, RECS International, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, World Resources Institute, US Environmental Protection Agency and WWF. This group helps RE100 and its member companies to set criteria for credibility and transparency, and to identify and pursue best practice in renewable energy procurement.

    Three members of the RE100 Technical Advisory Group members, Jared Braslawsky, Todd Jones and Mary Sotos, have written a new briefing paper, “Making credible claims”, which is all about credible renewable energy usage.

    This paper, to be published in March, fills in an important niche in industry knowledge, and specifies technical criteria for companies to follow when they wish to claim consumption of renewable energy – a concept that is broader than the more common GHG emissions claims.

    On March 8 the technical team of RE100 will run a session at the RECS Market Meeting Conference in Amsterdam. Mary Sotos of the WRI will be presenting the “Making credible claims” briefing, Philippe Le Gall, Sustainability Systems & Reporting Manager at Nestlé, will speak about Nestlé’s journey toward 100% renewable electricity, and I will focus on the important innovations introduced in reporting practices and the role of the RE100 Technical Advisory Group in identifying and promoting best practice.

    If you can’t make it to Amsterdam, you can still follow the conversation on Twitter with .

  • Tata Motors Limited joins RE100 in drive for 100% renewable power

    Tata Motors Limited, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, has become the second Indian company to join RE100.

    The company, which manufactures a range of commercial and passenger vehicles as well as defence and homeland security vehicles, has set itself the goal of using 100% renewable energy.

    The move follows BMW Group joining RE100 in December last year.

    Mr. Arvind Bodhankar, Chief Sustainability Officer of Tata Motors Limited, said: “Our climate change policy aims to maximize the use of renewable energy in our manufacturing operations. Doing so will not only reduce our carbon emissions, but also lead to long-term financial savings.

    “The RE100 movement shows that the transition to renewable energy is achievable and it offers a powerful network to support and celebrate businesses increasing their use of renewable power. Tata Motors is proud to join such an initiative.”

    Not including its subsidiaries, Tata Motors currently sources around 8% of its electricity from renewables.

    Tata Motors has its own ‘captive wind power’ project of 21.95 MW capacity. In the financial year 2014-15, the company’s manufacturing operations at Pune, India, utilized wind energy of 26 million units, equivalent to carbon savings of 24,435 tCO2e, resulting into savings of INR 163.5 million ($2.4 million) in electricity charges.

    Tata Motors has solar energy installations at three of its manufacturing plants in India. It is also planning to source more renewable electricity from the grid in the future through open access agreement.

    Krishnan Pallassana, Executive Director, India at The Climate Group, said: “At a time when India is poised to lead a low carbon economic revolution, it is of great privilege that Tata Motors has joined the RE100 club, thereby leading and inspiring the manufacturing sector to use renewable energy.

    “By joining RE100 Tata Motors is sending a clear market signal that business wants more renewable energy on the grid. A range of other options already available to companies offer energy security, financial savings and carbon cuts – it’s great to see Tata Motors taking advantage through its wind and solar investments.”

    Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group said: “Businesses have a fundamental role to play in delivering a low carbon economy, and the Paris Agreement is giving them the confidence to go further and faster in their efforts. Tata Motors is one of the first companies to seize the opportunity post Paris, and we know many more will follow.”

    Despite India adding considerable electricity generation capacity to the grid in the last decade, energy supply is not meeting growing demand. New York University estimates that electricity shortages are a substantial drag on Indian manufacturing, reducing revenue by 5.6% - 8.6%. Meanwhile infrastructure issues are causing the price of grid electricity to rise.

    In November 2015 The Climate Group and CDP published a RE100 briefing, setting out the various opportunities for businesses to help drive the development of a reliable and affordable supply of renewable energy in India, and highlighting business benefits such as greater energy security and protection against cost inflation.

    Through its Technical Advisory Group and Knowledge Sharing Platform, RE100 will help Tata Motors to identify the best available options for sourcing 100% renewable electricity.

    There are now 54 companies in the RE100 campaign, including: Adobe, Alstria, Autodesk, Aviva, Biogen, BMW Group, BROAD Group, BT Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Commerzbank, DSM, Elion Resources Group, Elopak, Formula E, Givaudan, Goldman Sachs, Google, H&M, IKEA Group, Infosys, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.(IFF), J. Safra Sarasin, Johnson & Johnson, Kingspan, KPN, La Poste, Land Securities, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike, Inc., Nordea Bank AB, Novo Nordisk, Pearson PLC, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Proximus, RELX Group, Salesforce, SAP, SGS, Starbucks, Steelcase, Swiss Post, Swiss Re, Tata Motors Limited, UBS, Unilever, Vaisala, Voya Financial, Walmart and YOOX Group.

     

     

     

     

  • Steelcase invests in wind power and diversifies renewable energy mix

    Leading office furniture manufacturer Steelcase has announced a 12 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy for 25MW of wind power – accounting for almost half of the company’s renewable energy purchases.

    The company had already reached its 100% renewable electricity goal when it joined RE100 during Climate Week NYC in September 2015. It had been buying renewable energy credits equivalent to all of its global electricity consumption since 2014, but was seeking to diversify its renewable energy mix.

    For Steelcase, investing in renewable energy means taking steps to recognize its own environmental impacts while helping grow an industry that will ultimately lead to a cleaner energy future.

    “Our decision to partner with Apex and execute a long-term renewable energy agreement reflects our longstanding commitment to drive a clean energy landscape”, said Jim Keane, Steelcase president and CEO.

    “At a time when businesses and governments are working to align on climate strategies, we maintain a sense of urgency and optimism. We are focused on finding new ways to reduce our overall energy use and investing in innovative, economically beneficial projects like this one to take one step closer to a sustainable energy future.”

    The announcement was welcomed by Roberto Zanchi, Technical Manager – Renewable Energy at CDP, which partners with The Climate Group on RE100:

    “By signing the PPA, Steelcase is making a long term commitment to sourcing renewable energy from the wind farm, directly supporting the construction and operation of a new renewable energy project.

    “It's a combination of strong business case and environmental impact. Steelcase has made a commendable choice.”

    Steelcase has a long history of supporting renewable energy development that dates back to 2001. The company is one of the top 50 green power users in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and received a Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA in 2014.

  • Salesforce announces wind energy investments in bold step towards 100% renewable electricity

    Salesforce has announced two long term wind energy investments in the United States that will help it along the path towards its RE100 goal of using 100% renewable electricity.

    Earlier this month the company signed a 12-year purchase agreement for a 24 MW wind farm in Texas, providing 102,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually.

    The move follows an earlier announcement by Salesforce in December that it had signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 40 MW wind farm in West Virginia, expected to generate 125,000 MWh annually.

    With both wind farms on track to be operational by December 2016, the agreements are expected to generate more electricity than the company consumed in fiscal year 2015.

    “This agreement, coupled with the announcement we made just a few weeks ago, represents the biggest step in our company’s history towards meeting our goal to be powered 100% by renewable energy,” said Chief Financial Officer Mark Hawkins.

    “We’re delivering a cleaner cloud by embracing sustainability in every aspect of our business – from how we deliver our products, to our internal operations, to our focus on clean and renewable energy.”

    The cloud company joined RE100 last year during Climate Week NYC, publically announcing its commitment to powering all its operations with renewable electricity.

    Salesforce leases its data centers and therefore doesn’t consume energy directly, so the company opted for a virtual power purchase agreement which will see the electricity produced under the new agreements added to the nearby grid.

    The West Virginia site just happens to be located in a particularly dirty part of the US grid, with much of the energy historically being sourced from coal.

    Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director at The Climate Group said: “It’s fantastic news that Salesforce is buying wind power and adding renewable electricity to the grid. This is a win-win for the company and shows real leadership on climate change. I’m confident that others will recognize the business case and follow suit.”