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  • Japan's Daiwa House joins both RE100 and EP100, commits to bold climate goals by 2040

    Japan's largest homebuilder Daiwa House Industry joins today the RE100 and EP100 programs, both committing to source its electricity use from 100% renewable energy sources by 2040 and doubling the energy productivity of its business activities by the same date.

    Daiwa House Industry is the first Japanese company to join EP100 and the first construction company to join both campaigns at the same time. Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group, said: “Congratulations to Daiwa House – today’s announcement is a double first for Japan and the entire construction sector.”

    “Daiwa House has put cleaner, smarter energy at the heart of its business strategy, knowing it will bring down emissions and boost the bottom line. By committing to EP100 and RE100, and investing in renewable energy generation, storage and innovative technologies, the company is demonstrating tangible leadership to its customers and peers."

    Image courtesy of Daiwa House Group

    Zero environmental impact

    Daiwa House Group is already on this pathway with its long-term environmental vision, called “Challenge Zero 2055”: by that date, the company’s centennial, the group aims to achieve zero environmental impact.

    Tackling and preventing climate change is one of the pillars of this strategy: since 2007, the company has been using its own unused land to deploy wind, solar and hydro renewable energy resources – a move that has produced 227 megawatts of renewable energy, about 60% of the company’s total electricity usage.

    Daiwa House Group’s renewable portfolio ranges from its own wind power plant in Satamisaki, a structure with a capacity of 9,000 kilowatts, to solar photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the company’s facilities and unused land. Daiwa House has also developed a hydroelectric power plant in Miyagawa in 2015, and this year has just started the construction of a 16 megawatts wind power plant in Seiyo.

    The renewable energy and energy productivity goals set as part of the RE100 commitments are crucial to Daiwa House’s goal to achieve net-zero electricity consumption by 2030 and net-zero CO2 emissions for the entire group by 2055.

    Last Monday, the company has also opened Japan’s first office building fully powered with solar energy, powered by 320 solar panels on the roof backed by lithium-ion batteries, with an energy efficiency of more than twice that of a conventional construction.

    During COP21 in 2015, Japan pledged to reduce its emissions by 26% below 2013 levels in 2030 (a 18% reduction from 1990 levels) as part of the Paris Agreement on climate, and it has also a goal to reduce its greenhouse gases emissions by 80% from current levels by 2050.

    However, these goals are still largely insufficient to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius – the established limit to avoid catastrophic effects of climate change. RE100 and EP100 are instrumental to step-up business commitments, which can deliver crucial emissions reduction while transforming the market towards a more sustainable, prosperous economy for all.

  • Visa joins RE100 committing to go 100% renewable by the end of 2019

    Digital payments multinational Visa has joined RE100 today, committing to use 100% renewable electricity across its global operations by the end of 2019.

    RE100 is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to scale-up corporate demand for renewables in the global energy market – showcasing the business case for action and overcoming barriers to accelerate a zero emissions economy.

    “We congratulate Visa on joining RE100 with an ambitious 100% renewable electricity goal and for demonstrating leadership by working with key stakeholders to build local renewable electricity markets,” said Sam KimminsHead of RE100The Climate Group.

    Visa’s commitment was announced during the Climate Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado, US, where the company also joined the Business Renewables Center and become a signatory to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles.

    “We are proud to play a role in driving the adoption of renewable energy,” said Al KellyChief Executive OfficerVisa. “For Visa, this announcement is an example of our longstanding commitment to operate as a responsible, ethical and sustainable company, while fostering economic growth."

    A clean roadmap

    To date, about 35% of Visa’s global electricity consumption comes from a mix of renewable energy sources, with three quarters of its greenhouse gas emissions originating from the company’s data centers and office buildings.

    Helping to make its bold 100% renewables target easier to reach, Visa has been implementing a range of smart solutions to reduce its energy consumption, from efficient lighting and controls to improvements to its data center infrastructure.

    The company is also working with local utilities and electricity market providers to purchase renewables where possible.

    RE100’s recent report “Approaching a tipping point” shows how power purchase agreements are becoming more and more popular among RE100 members, with the proportion of renewable electricity being sourced this way growing fourfold in 2016.

    In particular, RE100 members in the US generated the greatest increase in PPAs that year, thanks to falling costs and a favorable legislative framework.

    “Visa’s commitment to renewable electricity does not end at our front door,” said Douglas Sabovice president and head of Corporate Responsibility and PhilanthropyVisa. “We aim to support broader industry progress in this area by joining the Business Renewables Center as well as signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles.”

    The company will invest in renewables particularly in the US and UK, where four facilities account for 80% of its global electricity use.

    See the full list of RE100 companies here.

  • Newsletter: member progress, growing demand and Climate Week NYC 2018

    RE100 companies accelerating a clean economy - new report

    RE100 members are actively reshaping the energy market through their global investment decisions, our new Progress and Insights Report shows. ‘Approaching a tipping point: how corporate users are redefining global electricity markets’ reveals that RE100 members’ collective electricity demand is now equivalent to the 24th country worldwide. The report tracks progress made by members in 2016-17, and offers insight into emerging global and regional trends. Media highlights include the Financial Times, Forbes, and Euractiv. Watch this video of Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group and read this blog by CDP's CEO Paul Simpson.

    Five new members announced 

    T-Mobile, Danone, Reckitt Benckiser, Hatsun Agro Products and Canary Wharf Group have joined RE100. T-Mobile expects to save US$100 million on energy bills over the next 15 years. Danone is working to be carbon neutral by 2050. Hatsun Agro Products – India’s largest private dairy – is already over 80% renewable. RE100 now has 123 members and is growing fast.


    AB InBev’s Budweiser launches renewable electricity label

    Budweisers sold globally are to feature a symbol letting consumers know when the beer has been brewed using 100% renewable electricity. The move comes as part of parent company AB InBev's RE100 commitment. Read this blog to find out more.


    Nike goes 100% renewable in North America

    Nike will soon achieve more than half of its RE100 commitment by going 100% renewable across North America. The company has signed a new contract for wind power in Texas, US. This is Nike’s second power purchase agreement – an increasingly common approach for leading businesses, according to our new RE100 report.

    Sourcing certificates in Taiwan: knowledge sharing webinar

    The Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) presented information and guidance around the Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification (T-REC).


    EU and US policy updates

    The European Parliament has voted in favour of a binding 35% renewable energy goal for 2030. This follows significant outreach by RE100 and our members. RE100 members also wrote to Energy Ministers to call for a more supportive policy framework for renewables. Meanwhile in the US, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected a plan by the Trump administration to bolster coal-fired power plants. Several RE100 members actively voiced their opposition to the plan through a letter.


    Coming soon

    Climate Week NYC (September 24-30, 2018) will once again provide RE100 members the opportunity to showcase climate action. To find out how you can get involved visit climateweeknyc.org or contact us here. 

  • ‘Magenta goes green’: T-Mobile joins RE100 and targets 100% renewable electricity by 2021

    Wireless network operator T-Mobile US, Inc. is the latest leading company to join The Climate Group and CDP’s RE100 campaign, with a commitment to achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2021.

    The American ‘Un-carrier’ has also unveiled a new contract for sourcing 160 MW of wind power from Infinity Renewables’ Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas, US, with power generation due to begin in early 2019.

    This is the company’s second major power project, after the Red Dirt Wind Power Project in Oklahoma went on line in December. Combined, the two wind farms will add 320 MW of renewable energy capacity for T-Mobile US; enough to meet 60% of its electricity needs.

    “It’s the Un-carrier way to do the right thing by our customers, and moving to renewable energy is just a natural part of that,” said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile US.

    “And it’s not just the right thing to do – it’s smart business! We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around US$100 million in the next 15 years thanks to this move. Imagine the awesome things we can do for our customers with that!” 

    RE100 members' electricity use in North America

    Ambitious sourcing strategy

    Going 100% renewable by 2021 will put T-Mobile at the forefront of the energy transition being driven by RE100 members in the US, where on average, they now are sourcing 25% renewable electricity.

    T-Mobile US has a clear strategy to achieve its RE100 commitment. The company aims to buy enough wind power annually to account for every unit of electricity it consumes in the US, with the total amount greater than the global electricity consumption of many RE100 members.

    T-Mobile US is focused on creating new energy from renewable sources, buying only from projects that wouldn’t exist without the company’s involvement – a growing trend identified in last week’s RE100 Progress and Insights Report

    “It’s great to see T-Mobile US shifting to renewables for its power consumption,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group.

    “As a large electricity consumer in the US, they can truly transform energy systems by bringing significant renewable capacity online – all of that while delivering real value to their customers. I congratulate them for a great commitment."

    The growth of PPAs

    T-Mobile US is one of many RE100 members increasingly opting to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the US. The new RE100 new report shows that, thanks to the falling costs of renewable energy technology, there is a notable shift away from renewable energy attribute certificates towards direct sourcing of renewables.

    The proportion of renewable electricity that RE100 members are sourcing through PPAs grew fourfold in 2016, now representing 20% of total electricity consumption in the US.

    Increase in PPAs by RE100 members

    The business case for action

    T-Mobile US recognizes that going 100% renewable is a smart business decision. Last year, RE100 surveyed its members extensively about the drivers and benefits of their energy sourcing strategies, and found that for 88% of respondents, the economics of renewable electricity was a key factor.

    “Large electricity users like T-Mobile US forecasting significant costs savings shows there’s every reason to take the highest level of action on renewables,” said Constant Alarcon, RE100 Campaign Manager, The Climate Group.

    “Four out of ten companies who replied to our survey said renewable electricity was cost competitive or even delivered cost savings on energy bills. With the costs of renewable energy technology still falling, these benefits are encouraging other forward-thinking businesses to follow.”

     

    Drivers for action as identified by RE100 members

    An ever-growing movement

    T-Mobile US becomes the 123rd member of RE100, and takes the total renewable electricity demand being created by the group to over 161 TWh – more than enough to power Egypt or Poland. 

    For the full list of members, visit www.RE100.org/companies

  • Blog: We want 41 million conversations about climate change - Budweiser

    As business and government leaders gather in Davos to discuss the delivery of a sustainable economy, Brian Perkins, Global VP, Budweiser blogs on the launch of a new 100% renewable electricity label, as part of AB InBev's journey to go 100% renewable.

    At Budweiser, we are passionate about brewing the highest quality beer – a product that relies on natural ingredients. So, for us, climate change matters. 

    That’s why last year, our parent company, AB InBev, pledged to secure 100% of purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.  As a company operating in over 40 markets around the world, this shift to renewables has the potential to drive a remarkable transformation in infrastructure, not only in the US and Europe, but also across emerging nations around the world.

    Of course, we know that we are not alone on this journey, and we’re proud to be among the 122 companies that are part of RE100. The remarkable progress made by this collective has caught the attention of the business world, governments, NGOs and sustainability professionals.

    The results are already tangible. For AB Inbev, it has led to the launch of Enel Green Power's Thunder Ranch Wind Farm in Oklahoma with its 300 MW capacity that will power 100% of the renewable electricity demand needed to brew Budweiser in the US.

    Engaging consumers

    Yet there is one important group who have been largely omitted from the conversation about this change: the consumer.

    Here at Budweiser, we pride ourselves on our close relationship with our consumers and we know they care about climate change and want to act.  This was evident in our research in the US, Canada, China, Brazil and India. But that research also shows that consumers feel powerless to do anything.

    Not everyone has access to electric vehicles; not everyone – yet – has access to solar panels to power their homes and livelihoods. But, millions of people do come together to have a beer every day. This was our light bulb moment.

    We sell around 41 million bottles of Budweiser per day. That’s an opportunity for 41 million potential conversations about climate change and the possibility of making better purchasing choices!

    That’s why we decided to use the reach of our brand and put a symbol on the label of every Budweiser we sell when that country hits 1oo% renewable electricity in their Budweiser brewing operations.

    Global roll-out

    The labels will appear first in the United States beginning in spring 2018 - the first country where our beer will be brewed using 100% renewable electricity - before spreading from nation to nation as we hit our 100% renewable electricity targets in each market.

    We’ve also recognized that this is not only an opportunity for us, but for brands around the world. So, we are encouraging others to adopt the label on any product that is made with 100% renewable electricity, that way we can all help build a movement that will celebrate renewable electricity as a way of tackling climate change. 

    Of course, we’re not claiming to have all the answers.  That’s why we’re consulting leaders in sustainability, including our friends at The Climate Group. We are also working with Accenture to develop independent strategic guidelines on how this simple symbol can be adopted by other brands.

    But, by launching this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos alongside former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres, the convenor of the global initiative Mission 2020, we want to further raise awareness of renewable electricity in conjunction with other leading NGOs and seek a coalition with other brands to help us deliver this.

    It is a simple idea, but we’re convinced of the importance of renewable electricity, and we’re very proud to say that our association with RE100 is a major part of that journey.

    AB InBev joined RE100 in March 2017 and is committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity across its global operations.

  • AB InBev takes step forward on renewables as Budweiser announces renewable electricity label

    Budweisers sold globally are to feature a symbol letting consumers know when the beer has been brewed using 100% renewable electricity. The move comes as parent company AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, works towards its RE100 commitment to source 100% renewable electricity worldwide by 2025.

    “Leading companies know it makes business sense to switch to renewables and cut greenhouse emissions,” said Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, which delivers the RE100 initiative in partnership with CDP.

    “But to deliver on the Paris Agreement, we need to go further and faster,” she continued. “I am delighted to see that Budweiser is taking a leading position on renewable electricity as part of AB Inbev’s commitment to going 100% renewable through the RE100 campaign.”

    Budweiser will launch the new symbol today in Davos, where the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is underway. It will appear on the label of every Budweiser brewed in the US beginning in spring 2018, using electricity sourced from a wind farm in Oklahoma through an agreement with Enel Green Power.

    Budweiser aims to roll out the symbol globally by 2025, to help raise awareness of renewable energy among consumers. The company estimates that the new symbol will reach millions of people in the US alone, and that when rolled out globally, 41 million Budweisers sold each day will create annual emissions savings equivalent to taking 48,000 passenger cards off the road for a year.

    “We know that climate change is an important issue for consumers,” said Brian Perkins, Global VP, Budweiser, blogging from Davos. “However, they aren’t sure how their everyday actions can make a difference. The renewable electricity symbol enables consumers to make smarter everyday choices that can have a positive, meaningful impact.”

    Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director of Growth, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture, added: “We’re proud to work with Budweiser on this innovative ambition. We know that consumers are key to a sustainable economy and we encourage other consumer goods brands to celebrate their own journeys to renewable electricity.”

    AB InBev joined RE100 in March 2017, when the brewer also signed a major power purchase agreement in Mexico, home to its largest brewery. This features in RE100’s new Progress and Insights Report, which shows a rise in companies signing power purchase agreements in 2016-17. AB InBev expects to obtain 75%-85% of its total purchased electricity this way.

    Download the full report here.

  • World-leading multinationals accelerating a clean economy - new RE100 report

    A rapidly growing group of ambitious multinational businesses are actively reshaping the energy market through their global investment decisions and accelerating a zero emissions economy.

    Approaching a tipping point: how corporate users are redefining global electricity markets’, a new report from RE100 – a global corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP – tracks progress made in 2016-17 by companies committed to 100% renewable power.

    The report also provides insight into emerging trends in corporate sourcing of renewables around the world, with 122 RE100 members operating in 122 countries averaging 1.3 times more renewables in their electricity mix than the global rate of renewable electricity use. 

    RE100 members have a collective revenue of over US$2.75 trillion and operations spanning six continents. Together they represent over 159TWh of demand for renewable electricity – more than enough to power Malaysia, New York State or Poland, and equivalent to the 24th largest electricity demand of all countries.

    Specific findings in the report include:

    • 25 members had reached 100% renewable electricity by the end of 2016, with Autodesk, Elopak, Interface, Marks and Spencer and Sky reaching this goal during 2016, while Equinix and Kingspan surpassed their interim targets during the same year;
    • The biggest achievers in 2016 included Bank of America, Astra Zeneca and Coca Cola Enterprises Inc., whose share of renewable electricity increased more than threefold;
    • Thanks to falling costs of renewable energy technology, there is a notable shift away from renewable energy attribute certificates towards direct sourcing of renewables – meaning that increasingly, members are directly growing renewable energy capacity. The proportion of renewable electricity being sourced via power purchase agreements grew fourfold in 2016, while the quantity of electricity sourced from onsite generation increased x15 (via supplier-owned projects) and x9 (via member-owned projects);
    • 88% of respondents cited the compelling economic case for renewable electricity as a major driver – with 30 out of 74 reporting that renewable electricity was either cost competitive or delivered significant savings on energy bills;
    • Policy barriers represent the most common challenge for RE100 companies, alongside a lack of availability of suitable contracts or certificates in some markets.

    The report comes as government and business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss pathways to a sustainable economy, and a few days after Nike signed its second major wind contract, in Texas, US, that will take the company more than half way to reaching 100% renewable electricity globally as part of RE100.

    Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, said: “I’d like to congratulate every RE100 member accelerating the roll-out of renewable energy through their investment decisions. Their leadership is vital for overcoming policy challenges, shifting global markets, and inspiring many more companies to reap the economic benefits of renewable electricity. Rapidly growing demand from world-leading RE100 companies – and increasingly their suppliers and peers – means governments can confidently look to ratchet up targets in 2020 for slashing greenhouse emissions, to deliver on the Paris Agreement.”

     

    Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, CDP, who has blogged on renewable energy becoming the new normal for businesses, said: “CDP data shows a jump in renewable energy procurement and that motivations are not only environmental but economic. With nearly 90% of companies driven by the economic case for renewables, this demonstrates a fast approaching tipping point in the transition to a zero-carbon economy.  These companies prove that energy is becoming a board level issue across the globe and sustainability is essential for future business security. Now, it’s time to tip the balance and make 100% renewable the new normal.”

    Regional trends

    The report also shows key findings by region:

    • In Europe, renewable energy has been the main source of electricity for RE100 members for the second year running. However, the lucrative PPA market is largely untapped; EU policy makers have an opportunity unlock its full potential through the next phase of the Renewable Energy Directive;

    • In the US, we have seen a major increase in the use of PPAs by RE100 members, with continued momentum on renewable electricity sourcing by major businesses, despite political uncertainty;

    • In India, the amount of renewable electricity consumed by our members has more than tripled, thanks to falling costs. The diversity of ways in which companies are sourcing renewables has also increased.

    New members

    Today, The Climate Group announced three new joiners to the RE100 campaign; Danone SA, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, and Hatsun Agro Products Ltd.

    The leading global food company Danone is targeting 100% renewable electricity by 2030 (50% by 2020). In September last year the company revealed its new evian bottling site in France, the largest food production site to achieve carbon neutrality and completely powered by renewable electricity.

    Katharina Stenholm, Senior Vice President and Chief Cycles and Procurement Officer, Danone, said: "The transition to renewable electricity is a key lever to help Danone strengthen efficiency and achieve our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2050. Our first milestone will be to reach 50% of renewable electricity by 2020. We are therefore delighted to join the RE100 initiative. We look forward to working with other companies to show that green energy is good for the environment and good for business."

    British consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser Group plc – which owns ‘Powerbrands’ such as Durex, Air Wick and Dettol – has also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

    Hatsun Agro Products Ltd, India’s largest private dairy, has committed to a 2032 target. Already sourcing over 80% of its global electricity consumption from renewable sources, the company aims to reach 100% by investing in solar and wind energy and converting diesel generators into lithium storage batteries for maximising its use of renewable power.

    RG Chandramogan, Chairman and Managing Director, Hatsun Agro Products Ltd, said: “Our mission to leave the world in a better place for future generations is at the heart of our business strategy. That’s why we’ve joined the global RE100 campaign alongside other forward-thinking companies, in our commitment to source 100% renewable electricity – by 2032. Thanks to our investments in wind and solar power, we’re already more than 80% renewable. We hope that many other businesses follow suit.”

    Download the full report here.

  • Blog: How 100% renewable electricity is fast becoming the new normal - CDP

    As a new RE100 report shows an ever-growing number of leading multinationals are progressing towards 100% renewable electricity goals, Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP – which partners with The Climate Group on RE100 – blogs on the mainstreaming of renewables.

    2017 was a stellar year for climate action. Despite a climate-sceptic administration in the US, I’m continually inspired to see that other national governments, cities, states and businesses from around the world have taken huge steps to reduce their carbon emissions.

    And nowhere more so than in their commitment to renewable power.      

    This week sees the launch of the latest RE100 progress report, showing how more companies than ever are going 100% renewable, increasingly driven by economic benefits. 

    CDP is a founding partner of RE100, together with The Climate Group, and the global platform for environmental disclosure, insight and action for investors, companies, cities, states and regions. RE100 is one of the key corporate leadership initiatives promoted by We Mean Business.

    Today, awareness, disclosure and management of environmental risk is mainstreaming around the world. In 2017, more than 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP, at the request of over 800 investors with combined assets of US$100 trillion.

    We believe insight is crucial to environmental action. And RE100 is a great example of this in practice. Our team helps companies reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and transition to renewable electricity, through knowledge-sharing, reporting and data insights. We guide the business world to build clean energy into their strategic planning and implement this on the ground.

    CDP’s 2017 climate analysis found that since 2016, there’s been a 23% jump in companies with renewable electricity consumption targets, and a 36% surge in those with targets to generate their own renewable power.

    In my view, progress has been more than impressive: the latest data shows that RE100 members, who together use as much power as Poland, are sourcing 32% of their electricity from renewables with a clear commitment to get to 100% as soon as possible.

    We’re seeing some companies storming ahead: Including recent announcements from Google, Wells Fargo and the LEGO Group, 28 members now run entirely on renewable power. In 2016, we saw Autodesk, Elopak, Interface, Marks & Spencer and Sky join companies like Microsoft and Starbucks in meeting their 100% goal.

    With new commitments from Danone, Reckitt Benckiser Group, and Hatsun Agro Products Ltd, RE100 now brings together 122 of the world’s pioneering companies, including many of CDP’s A Listers, that have pledged to source 100% of their global electricity use from renewables. And membership is growing fast: by an average two major corporations per month.

    Going green makes business sense

    The new RE100 report shows that almost all RE100 members are motivated by the need to slash their greenhouse gas emissions; 88% of companies responding to our survey say they are also motivated by the economics of renewable energy.

    Procuring renewable electricity is one of the most effective ways to cut emissions. And 41% of respondents – including retailer H&M – report that switching to renewable electricity has already led to savings on their energy bills.

    One of the most impressive examples is from Telefonica. It has forecast that switching to renewable power will save 6% of its operational costs by 2020 – and up to 26% by 2030. Meanwhile, companies from Google and Microsoft to Infosys all say that renewable electricity provides better cost stability. 

    This is perhaps of little surprise when we consider the World Economic Forum’s finding that unsubsidized renewables were the cheapest source of electricity in 30 countries last year, or that IRENA has estimated renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020.

    And as costs continue to plummet, we’re seeing companies find huge economic opportunities from going green. Not only for the businesses themselves, but renewable energy companies and national governments too; for example, Solar City estimates that Walmart’s commitment to solar created 9,000 construction jobs in the US.

    Collective action to transform the economy

    It’s clear to see that progress made by RE100 members shows just how quickly the sustainable revolution can happen; driving both emissions reductions and contributing to economic development.

    Operating in 122 countries, RE100 companies have a global reach with rapid uptake of renewables being seen in emerging economies, such as India and China, where corporate giants like Infosys and Tata Motors are leading the charge.

    On top of this, some 38% of RE100 companies are now going beyond their own operations to work with suppliers to drive the uptake of renewable electricity through their supply chain. Where they lead, others will follow.

    They are rewriting the rulebook for renewable energy purchasing and supercharging the renewable energy market: whether directly installing capacity, signing power purchase agreements or buying renewable energy certificates. 

    Ramping up the transition in 2018

    CDP holds the most comprehensive set of self-reported corporate, city, state and region climate data globally. We’re seeing a global shift in how the world is being powered. RE100 sets the baseline for corporate action on energy, and will continue to guide the global economy’s most high-impact companies in years to come.

    These companies prove that sustainability is compatible with healthy bottom lines today, while being essential for future business security. Our hope is that these companies will inspire governments and the broader business community to follow their lead.

    Now, it’s time to tip the balance and make 100% renewable the new normal. Here at CDP, we believe this starts with disclosure and will ultimately end with a net zero carbon power grid.

  • New wind power agreement takes Nike more than halfway to 100% renewable electricity goal

    Nike will soon achieve more than half of its global RE100 commitment by sourcing 100% renewable electricity across North America, the company has announced

    Nike has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Avangrid Renewables, a wind contract for 86 megawatts of wind power at the Karankawa Wind Farm in Texas, producing roughly 3,500 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity.

    “This is fantastic leadership from Nike,” commented Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group. “It shows how businesses can shift global electricity markets in favor of renewables as the cost of technology plummets. Never was there a better time to ‘Just Do It’.”

    Power to the wind

    Nike has now in place two PPAs with Avangrid Renewables, one of the leading providers of clean, renewable wind power in the US, as part of the Iberdrola Group. Nike joined RE100 in 2015, pledging to source all of its electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2025.

    “At Nike, we have a responsibility to safeguard our athletes, drive business growth, and protect the planet against the impacts of climate change,” said Cyrus Wadia, Vice President, Sustainable Business & Innovation.

    “Our partnership with Avangrid Renewables will help us reach 100% renewable energy across North America - more than half way towards our goal. We remain committed to working with other businesses, industries, and policy makers to join the transition to a low-carbon growth economy.” 


    Cutting carbon

    The company’s purchase commitment of the energy produced through both PPAs will generate over 5,000 GWh of renewable electricity, the equivalent of powering more than 400,000 average American households with carbon free energy – or the equivalent of taking nearly 800,000 vehicles off the road for one year.

    Nike already sources renewable energy through on-site generation at some of its largest facilities, including the company’s European Logistics Campus in Belgium and the China Logistics Center in Taicang.

    The corporation is also working on the climate impact of its contracted factories, supporting and encouraging them to use clean-energy solutions. At the same time, it also focuses on driving innovation in materials and new manufacturing processes to reduce its environmental impact.

  • Newsletter: One Planet Summit, EU policy and sharing best practice

    Schneider Electric joins RE100 ahead of One Planet Summit

    Schneider Electric has joined RE100 to go 100% renewable by 2030. Announced on the eve of the One Planet Summit in Paris, Schneider Electric is also doubling its energy productivity by 2030 through RE100’s sibling campaign EP100, and has signed the French Business Climate Pledge. Media highlights included France 24, CNBC, and a range of leading trade publications. Read more about Schneider Electric’s energy journey in our exclusive interview.

    RE100 members call for supportive EU policy

    11 RE100 members have written to EU Energy Ministers to call for greater ambition for the next phase of the Renewable Energy Directive, REDII, ahead of a key vote at the EU Council today. Asks include a target of at least 35% renewable energy by 2030, and support for corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). RE100 teamed up with WBCSD, Solar Power Europe and Wind Europe, to facilitate the signatories through the new RE-Source Platform. Read more in a blog by Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at The Climate Group

    Google goes 100% renewable

    Congratulations to tech giant Google after recently announcing that it is has reached 100% renewable power. Google joined RE100 two years ago with the interim goal of tripling its renewable energy purchasing by 2025. Thanks to the falling cost of wind and solar power, and stability of cost provided via power purchase agreements, Google has made fast progress. Carlsberg Group is also making forward steps, now running Sweden’s first big brewery to be operating on 100% renewable power. 

    RE100 - BRC wind consortium webinar

    50 people attended a webinar hosted by RE100 and the Business Renewables Center, with speakers from Royal DSM and Royal Philips. The companies partnered with AkzoNobel and Google on a consortium in the Netherlands to jointly sign Power Purchase Agreements with large wind projects.

    Peer-to-peer learning with Infosys

    Infosys has presented its renewable electricity sourcing strategy on a RE100 webinar. Deepan Prakash Devadoss, Senior Associate Manager, Green Initiatives shared the company’s progress to date, on track to source 45% of its electricity from renewable sources before the end of this year.

    Dates for your diaries

    January 15, 2018: RE100 markets & policy webinar: Introduction of the Taiwan Renewable Energy Certificate” (T-REC) mechanism. Yen-Lin Chen, Chief Research Fellow at Taiwan Institute of Economic Research will present new voluntary renewable energy certification implementation regulations and the T-REC trading guidelines.

    January 22, 2018: RE100 & BRC webinar on renewables and energy optimization for commercial buildings. RMI's Portfolio Energy Optimization (PEO) team has developed tools for companies who own or rent commercial buildings to invest in on-site solar, energy efficiency and energy storage. This can help many RE100 members with offices or warehouses to get closer to their 100% goal in the US.

    January 23-26, 2018: The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland – we will be promoting progress by members.

    January 29, 2018: Supply chains workshop, London – building on our recent Going Beyond report, and supply chain workshop at RE-Source, we will be inviting RE100 members to a practical, outcomes-oriented workshop for leaders looking to make significant progress integrating renewable electricity into the supply chain.

    February 12-13, 2018The Climate Group and the Clean Energy Access Network will run the third India Energy Access Summit bringing together stakeholders to identify emerging sectoral needs and innovation and business opportunities.

    And finally...

    In addition to Schneider Electric joining RE100 and EP100, another giant French company, EDF Group has joined EV100 to transition to electric transport by 2030. The three campaigns, led by The Climate Group, are designed to propel corporate action on energy and climate change to accelerate a zero-emissions economy. For more on this, read a blog by Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director at The Climate Group.