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  • Kevin Rabinovitch, Mars: "Every movement needs a group of first movers and we believed we had the capability to step up."

    As a new RE100 leadership paper sets out guidance for companies everywhere to show leadership on renewable electricity, we talk to Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President of Sustainability, Mars – the first US company to step up and join RE100, back in 2014.

    Why is Mars going 100 percent renewable?

    "When we established a formal, global sustainability team in 2007, we decided that we would rely on science to guide our GHG emissions reductions.  At that time, we only had good data for Scope 1 and 2 emissions, so we set an initial goal for our direct operations – recognizing that was where we had the most control and influence.

    Anticipating that working beyond our factories and offices would likely be more challenging than our own operations, we decided to over-deliver against what the science said was necessary in our direct operations – leading to our goal of 100 percent renewable emissions by 2040. Setting and working to achieve this goal pushed us to understand the dynamics of advancing renewable use at scale.

    With the cost of renewable electricity coming down rapidly, the business case for switching to renewable electricity is good and becoming stronger. Mars’ long-term renewable electricity contracts are allowing us to achieve cost parity, and in some cases, significant long-term cost savings as well."

    Mars was one of the first members of RE100 – why was it important for Mars to go first?

    "Every movement needs a group of first movers and we believed we had the capability to step up. We were one of the early leaders of RE100 and made a commitment to 100 percent renewable electricity use in our direct operations.

    Now there are 140 companies committed to RE100. Through RE100, Mars is joining with other like-minded companies to share key learnings and help inspire and encourage others in our industry to lead the change towards a low-carbon future."

    What are your achievements so far?

    "Momentum in this space has been greater than we anticipated.  We’re already using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover 100 percent of our operations in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. We’re also adding Mexico in 2018.

    We recently finalized a long-term contract that will enable us to procure 100 percent renewable electricity in Australia starting in 2020. We’ll be an off-taker of a 200MW solar project in Ouyen, Victoria. The total project will include approximately 125,000 solar panels from which Mars will procure approximately 43MW annually.

    Mars, in partnership with Total Eren, will play a role in reducing Australia's reliance on fossil fuels – the power generated at the Kiamal Solar Farm will be supplied to the national grid, thereby increasing the ratio of renewable energy in the National Energy Market.

    Our approach to renewable electricity comes to life in a variety of different ways around the globe, from on-site renewable generation to annual electricity supply contracts in Europe, to signing long-term, country-level Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).  in places like the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. These projects create new market demands and help expand renewable infrastructure across the world.

    Since producing energy is not one of Mars’ core competencies, we do not invest our own capital in renewable electricity projects. Instead, Mars forms long-term partnerships with organizations that can invest the upfront capital required and purchases the electricity output from the projects through a long-term contract to minimize risk and maximize financial returns over time.

    While a lot of companies prioritize fixed price agreements and shorter contracts, Mars prioritizes long-term contracts in an effort to achieve cost parity, or better, over time and retain ownership of renewable attributes (such as RECs or GOs). Since there is also less risk associated with long-term contracts for our partners, it is a win-win for both us and our suppliers."

    What plans do you have for switching more of your electricity use to renewables?

    By the end of this year we’ll have 10 countries where we use or purchase renewable electricity to cover 100% of our operations. We expect 36 percent of Mars’ global direct electricity use to be renewable by the end of 2018. This does not include our latest contract in Australia, which will not begin sourcing electricity from solar power until 2020 – but when it does, it will power 100% of our Australian operations.

    Click here to read the RE100 leadership paper ‘Business Leadership in the Transition to Renewable Electricity’. Coming soon: part 2 of this interview, where Mars will share with us the challenges and business benefits of working towards 100% renewable power.

     

  • Blog: How to lead - going further and faster on renewable electricity (new RE100 report)

    What constitutes leadership on corporate sourcing of renewables? As businesses around the world are asked to ‘step up’ their efforts to lower climate change emissions, Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, and Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director, Science Based Targets & Renewable Energy, CDP, share their thoughts.

    Since its beginning, RE100 has been about leadership. Our members put their heads above the parapet and pledged to go 100% renewable when few thought it possible, smashing preconceptions and sending a powerful demand signal to the market. 

    Four years later, The Climate Group and CDP have brought together 140 pioneer companies with the same ambitious commitment, all putting renewables at the hearts of their business strategies.

    2018 is a pivotal year for accelerating climate action, and leading companies want to be as effective as possible in reducing emissions and in driving the clean energy transition for the benefit of their business.

    Our members increasingly ask us how they can optimize their impact and use their influence most effectively as agents of change. In the past, these kinds of discussions have mainly focused on extra capacity being brought onto the grid. This is important, but not the whole story.

    As our new briefing shows, leadership is truly multifaceted.  

    Ambitious targets and transparent progress

    So, what does it take to be a corporate leader on renewables?

    Firstly, it means setting clear and ambitious targets for sourcing 100% renewable electricity as soon as possible. A 100% goal leaves no room for doubt – reaching a 100% renewable electricity requires change across a business globally, from the boardroom right through to the shop floor.

    Speed is just as important. To keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius, we need to decarbonize the grid by 2050, globally. Targeting 100% renewable electricity by this time is not a stretch target, it’s the minimum we need to succeed.

    Nearly two-thirds of RE100 members aim to power their operations entirely with renewable electricity by 2025, and more than three-quarters by 2030. This includes companies from energy intensive sectors like the automotive industry, for which a fast transition to renewables will never be easy, but unparalleled opportunities exist to lead.

    For Tata Motors, the opportunity is strikingly clear. With a target to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030, India’s largest automobile manufacturer has established itself as a pioneer in a challenging market, and through RE100, is sharing its learnings with other companies.

    Transparency is another hallmark of leadership. By publicly declaring their targets and progress, and by sharing how they are buying renewables, businesses can substantiate their claims and showcase action to their investors and customers, who are increasingly interested in how companies are managing the risks and opportunities of the clean energy transition. By sharing their experience with their peers, companies can also help to accelerate the growth of renewable electricity markets, to the benefit of all.

    It’s a requirement for RE100 for companies to disclose their energy data through CDP, and we encourage companies to go further, reporting not only the proportion of electricity being sourced from renewables, but also how they are sourcing it, and any other ways in which they are influencing change. Transparency provides the insight for greater action. 

    Driving sustainable economic growth

    Leadership also means creating positive impact – driving economies of scale, new jobs and innovation.

    Corporate sourcing of renewables provides a new source of finance, and according to Bloomberg NEF, RE100 members are investing over $94 billion. Bloomberg NEF also calculates that the current 140 signatories of RE100 will need to purchase an additional 197TWh of renewable energy in 2030 to reach their 100% targets – which could be met with a 100GW of build, larger than California’s electricity grid.

    According to IRENA, 10.3 million people are now employed worldwide in the renewable energy sector. RE100 members are taking this number higher, especially, when pursuing the highest impact strategies for sourcing renewable electricity, such as power-purchase agreements, onsite generation, and investing in emerging technologies.  Through these methods, leading businesses are actively growing renewables capacity on the grid and delivering a cleaner economy.

    Leading companies are not only transitioning towards 100% renewables. They are also ensuring that this transition is done sustainably – directly benefiting local communities, conserving natural habitats and increasing wider access to renewables.

    Organic Valley is a great example of this. Half of its 30MW solar project in Wisconsin in the US is used by the food company and the other half provides renewable electricity for local residents, at a lower cost. This model won’t work for all major businesses, but it will be possible for many; and could be a new frontier for corporate leadership.

    Going beyond the expected

    A key aspect of business leadership is the will of a company to go beyond its own operations to influence others to follow.

    When RE100 reached its 100 members milestone one year ago, we called on companies to engage their suppliers on renewable energy. We also produced a guide on how it’s done.

    Earlier this year, Apple announced that 23 of its supply chain manufacturers (including RE100 member DSM) are now committed to using 100% renewable electricity for all their Apple productions. This is a shining example of a company accelerating change by taking responsibility for the wider structures around it.

    We want to be telling many more stories around this kind of leadership. How we get more companies to lead in this way is one of many subjects The Climate Group will be exploring at Climate Week NYC in September.

    At the same time, as the size of the RE100 membership grows, our collective influence over policymakers is growing – enabling the progressive voice to be better heard above the fossil fuel lobbyists.

    When BT, H&M, IKEA Group and many other RE100 members signed an open letter to the Council of the European Union calling for an ambitious post-2020 Clean Energy Package, they brought their purchasing power to bear around the need for supportive policy. This is exactly the kind of leadership we want to see from businesses to effect change on a much larger scale.

    And the leaders are not just making waves in Europe. During a recent visit to Japan, we met with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who, inspired by the rise of Japanese companies joining RE100, have committed to transitioning their own electricity use to 100% renewable energy. The hope is that, when its departments are taking this journey themselves, the Government will realize the need for impactful policy change allowing the renewable energy market in Japan to reach its full potential.

    With many of our RE100 members going the extra mile, and by demonstrating climate action is good for business, we believe they will influence many more companies to go further and faster – and in more ways than one. There’s no one way for a company to demonstrate leadership on renewables; what’s vital is that they seize the opportunities. 

    Download the RE100 Leadership Paper here. 

  • IKEA Group opens new store and brings its corporate climate action to India

    As IKEA Group opens its first store in India, it brings with it electric vehicle and renewable power solutions. 

    A member of The Climate Group’s RE100 and EV100 initiatives, the former led in partnership with CDP, the retail giant has committed to source 100% renewable energy by 2020 and to transition to electric vehicles across its entire global fleet by 2030.

    Within the first year of opening its store in Hyderabad, India, IKEA Group will transition 20% of its local delivery fleet to electric vehicles whilst also installing on-site solar rooftop panels on the store to power its operations.

    “It is exciting to see that IKEA's first store has already installed 4,000 solar panels, while the company plans to make one fifth of its delivery fleet electric” said Jarnail Singh, India Director, The Climate Group.

    “This is a significant addition to their long-term efforts on a sustainable supply chain, and it’s fantastic for customers to know that their merchandise is produced and delivered without much harm to the planet. We look forward to seeing them achieve their RE100 and EV100 goals in India, sooner than stated.”

    Expanding leadership in new regions

    IKEA Group's expansion into India comes at a crucial time as the Telangana state government pushes for scaling up renewable power alongside a comprehensive policy on electric vehicles. By opening a store in Hyderabad, the company is supporting the wider shift to clean, accessible and connected energy and mobility taking off in India

    The company plans to build new stores in other Indian cities, starting with the Navi Mumbai store which is expected to open in 2019. So far, IKEA Group has purchased four land sites in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi/NCR. This expansion will not only accelerate the transition to clean energy technologies and the transport systems of the future, but also contribute to lowering pollution levels in Indian cities.

    Corporate leadership for the future

    IKEA Group was one of the first companies to join EV100, an initiative by The Climate Group to make electric transport the new normal by 2030. Under this commitment, the company has already installed EV charging stations at half of its stores.

    The furniture giant is also a founding member of RE100, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, which brings together companies to accelerate the demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy. Under RE100, IKEA Group has installed around 750.000 solar panels on its buildings.

    The company is also working with its supply chain  to accelerate renewable energy uptake even further. Close collaboration with partners is key to transitioning IKEA Group’s fleet to electric vehicles as well, and whilst building its store in Hyderabad, the company engaged closely with local manufacturers, charging developers and policy makers.

    The outcome will be a practical and scalable model for electric vehicles which can be integrated with renewable electricityy, ensuring the new fleet can also run on clean power.

  • RE100 members join forces to build new renewable power projects in the US

    RE100 members Apple, Etsy and Swiss Re, and digital platform provider Akamai, have joined forces to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia in the US. The projects will generate 290 megawatts of renewable electricity, enough to power 74.000 homes.

    The collaboration is led by Apple and is making it possible for Etsy, Swiss Re and Akamai to buy renewable power at competitive prices from projects in a market which would otherwise have been difficult for the companies to access.

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said: “This is a fantastic show of collaboration between forward-thinking companies pioneering new ways of sourcing renewable energy. By partnering to buy renewable electricity, these RE100 members are able to leverage the bargaining power of their combined electricity demand. They are also sending a powerful signal that businesses want access to low-cost, clean power in all markets – and they’re not going to wait for utilities to deliver it.”

    Leadership after 100%

     As members of RE100, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, Apple, Etsy and Swiss Re have all committed to source 100% renewable electricity for their global operations. Apple reached its target of 100% earlier this year and went further by committing its suppliers to the same, while also advocating for ambitious clean energy policy.

     "At Apple, we’re proud to power all of our operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

     “In the process, we’ve charted a course for other companies and organizations to purchase renewable energy and transition their own operations to greener power. The collaboration announced today shows how companies of all sizes can address climate change by coming together.”

     Stronger corporate ambition

    The announcement of the new agreement between these companies follows a new report  from Bloomberg NEF revealing that businesses and public agencies have broken 2017’s record for clean energy purchasing.

     The report highlights RE100 member Facebook as the biggest corporate buyer of renewable power, followed by other members such as Microsoft and Walmart. These businesses are investing in long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to secure clean energy at stable prices, avoiding the volatility of the wholesale power market.

     Managing risk is key for Swiss Re. Commenting on the new collaboration to build wind and solar projects in the US, Brian Beebe, Head of Origination North America, Weather and Energy, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, said: “As a leader in mitigating climate risk, Swiss Re aims to reduce its carbon footprint and support renewable energy, which is why we're so happy to be part of this collaboration."

     “Etsy is excited to be a part of a project that will benefit both the planet and our customers,” added Rachel Glaser, Etsy Chief Financial Officer.

     “This agreement will help Etsy to meet our goal of powering operations with 100% renewable electricity while also innovating by paving the way for small companies to participate in the renewable energy market.” 

     Click here to read more news about RE100.  

     

  • RE100 newsletter: story gathering, Japanese business leadership and dates for your diary

    With just over a month to go before the Global Climate Action Summit and Climate Week NYC 2018 in September, The Climate Group is looking to hear of any progress announcements you will be making on renewables, to amplify your news, and tell a joined up story on corporate climate leadership. This is a key moment to get involved. Contact Marie Reynolds for more information. Read on for stories of business leadership, new members and key events. 


    Japanese companies go 100% renewable

    Japanese companies FujitsuEnvipro Holdings and Marui Group have joined RE100, taking us to 10 Japanese members. The Climate Group’s Head of RE100, Sam Kimmins, reflects on the growing momentum. 

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    Exclusive RE100 assembly at CWNYC 

    We will host a RE100 Members Forum at Climate Week NYC 2018 on September 25. This exclusive forum is an opportunity for members to input to our future RE100 strategy. Contact Elly Dinnadge to register.

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    RE100 leads on sustainable energy

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    RE100 has been recognized as a global leader on UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, which targets access to affordable and sustainable energy for everyone.

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    RE100 member news

    We hosted a workshop with Burberry on challenges and solutions to renewables sourcing in leased premises. Contact Elly Dinnadge to get involved in next steps.

    As members of EV100, RE100 members Unilever and Heathrow are backing the ZEV Challenge, led by The Climate Group and C40 Cities, to signal an endgame for fossil-fuel vehicles.

    Tetra Pak announced that it is now sourcing 50% renewables.

    Novo Nordisk signed a PPA with Vattenfall to source power from Denmark’s largest wind farm.

    Swiss RE and Landsec, also members of The Climate Group’s  EP100 initiative, supported a new call to action on LED lighting.


    Coming soon

    Soon after the Global Climate Action Summit (San Francisco, September 12-14), The Climate Group will be hosting Climate Week NYC (September 24 - 30), which includes our 100% clean energy transition event. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please let us know.

    To find out more about our events and webinars visit RE100.org/events

  • Blog: A week in Japan meeting ministers and celebrating ambitious corporate leadership

    RE100 is gaining momentum in Japan, going from zero to 10 members in just over a year and gaining significant political support. As temperatures hit new record highs in Japan, The Climate Group’s Head of RE100, Sam Kimmins, writes about his recent visit and the growing interest in renewables in a country long reliant on fossil fuels.

    When The Climate Group first travelled to Japan back in March 2017, it was hard to see how we might encourage Japanese companies join RE100, our corporate leadership initiative on renewables with CDP. Certificates – known as ‘J-Credits’ – were expensive and Japan was considered an extremely difficult market for companies to source renewables. 

    Japan is the only G7 nation adding to its domestic coal power generation capacity, with roughly 45 new coal plants now in the pipeline. For a country leading the world in technology and innovation, this is remarkable – the commercial equivalent of commissioning 45 new kodak film factories in the age of the digital camera. By the time the new plants are completed, coal will be the expensive and cumbersome technology of yesterday, and the investments likely to end up as stranded assets.

    Leading Japanese companies, however, are looking to the future, not to the past, and demanding an electricity system that does the same. They’re taking direct action through their own purchasing decisions, and in just over a year, 10 Japanese companies have committed to 100% renewable electricity through RE100.

    Convened by our regional delivery partner Japan-CLP, these leaders – counting companies such as Ricoh (electronics), AEON Group (retail), Daiwa House (construction) and Fujitsu (I.T.) – have not only raised eyebrows with their 100% renewable electricity goals, but have gained the respect of their government and peers. And momentum is strong – we anticipate reaching 50 Japanese RE100 members by 2020.

    Businesses of the future

    During my recent visit to Japan, the growing interest in RE100 was palpable. Organized through Japan-CLP and CDP, the trip was a whirlwind of activity enabling me to meet members and policymakers.

    So, why are Japanese multinationals committing to 100% renewable goals? What has driven this sudden interest?

    Internationally, the business case for renewables is strong – the costs of solar and wind have dropped dramatically over the past few years and are predicted to be cheaper than coal everywhere in the world by 2023. Japanese companies see investment opportunities and the promise of increased competitiveness globally.

    But they also know low-cost renewables are not yet readily available in Japan, putting their businesses at a global disadvantage. By joining RE100, they are demanding faster market change.

    One has to wonder – why is power from Japanese solar installations, using Japanese-made solar panels, three to five times more expensive than those in Europe -in similar climates - using the same Japanese-made solar panels? There is a myth in Japan that low prices are not possible, because the cost of labour is too high. This is not the case, as the wages of solar installers in Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries with low cost installation are equivalent to those of Japanese workers.

    The answer, instead, is market design, inappropriate levies, and system inefficiency. Changing these barriers will unleash a wave of corporate investment, as it has in Scandinavia, Mexico, the US and India.

    Through ambitious 100% renewable electricity commitments and active engagement with government, Japanese RE100 members are sending a clear message to policymakers: remove barriers to corporate sourcing of renewables and enable businesses to access clean power. Their commitments have significant impact– when the world’s largest financial newspaper The Nikkei reported  that 10 Japanese companies had joined RE100, share prices for renewables in Japan spiked.

    These companies are not alone. As RE100 members commit to source 100% renewable power globally, businesses from overseas are demanding access to renewables for their operations in Japan as well. At our inaugural members’ meeting in Tokyo, we were joined by Apple and Ikea who, together with other global RE100 members such as Unilever and Starbucks, are a proving to be a local driving force for change.

    Corporate action and policy go hand-in-hand

    Excitingly, it is not only businesses in Japan that have shown their support for renewables. During my visit, I had the honour of meeting Environment Minister Nakagawa, of the Japanese Ministry of Environment, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

    Both MOE and MOFA have committed their departments – including all their global embassies – to 100% renewable electricity in support of Japan’s RE100 members, and we have gladly accepted their generous offer to act as ambassadors for the initiative.  

    The Ministries are providing real and tangible support, not only through their own purchasing commitments but also through the powerful market signal they are sending. They will be experiencing first-hand the same challenges and opportunities as companies working to source clean power, showing that banking on renewables is a risk is worth taking.

    The hope is that, when its departments are taking this journey themselves, Government will realise the need for impactful policy change to match the leadership of ambitious companies. Only with a supportive policy framework can renewable energy markets in Japan reach their full potential and challenge the out-dated, fossil-fuel based systems of yesterday.

    The faster Japanese companies transition to renewable energy, the faster we bring down emissions and deliver a sustainable economy. The Climate Group looks forward to working with our member companies, our committed partners Japan-CLP and CDP, and supportive Japanese ministers, to help accelerate this market change.

  • Global tech giant Fujitsu commits to 100% renewable electricity and invests in clean energy technologies

    IT giant Fujitsu has joined RE100 with a commitment to source 100% renewable electricity by 2050, with an interim target of 40% by 2030.

    Japan’s largest IT company joins more than 130 major businesses in the global RE100 initiative, which is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. They are all committed to 100% renewable power.

    “We are delighted to welcome Fujitsu to RE100" said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group.

     "Their commitment comes at a crucial time, sending a clear message to the world that Japanese companies are committed, alongside their global peers, to using 100% renewable power.” 

    Hideyuki Kanemitsu, VP, Head of Responsible Business Unit, Fujitsu, said: “Joining RE100 demonstrates our strong intention to deliver on our FUJITSU Climate and Energy Vision. We expect to see opportunities to collaborate with customers and various stakeholders through our RE100 membership.”

    Investing in clean energy solutions

    Fujitsu will consider the appropriate steps for each region of its operations, expanding its procurement of renewable electricity at locations in Japan and around the world, starting with datacenters outside of Japan. Some of these datacenters have already achieved 100% renewable electricity.

    The company will utilize a combination of sourcing mechanisms including renewable energy certificates, purchasing green electricity, power purchase agreements (PPAs), on-site installations such as solar panels combined with energy storage technologies and so on.

    However, Fujitsu is going beyond simply buying renewable energy. The company has plans to also invest in development and research, as well as technology trials, in energy management and storage. By doing so, Fujitsu hopes to aid innovation in the clean power sector.

    “With our technology and expertise, Fujitsu will show leadership in providing solutions for overcoming any barriers to disseminating renewable energy, such as cost,” said Hideyuki Kanemitsu.

    Engaging staff on renewables

    Alongside investments in renewable energy technology, Fujitsu is also investing in its people. The company has been actively conducting seminars and events with an environmental focus for employees around the world. By educating staff on clean energy, Fujitsu aims to raise global awareness of renewable power.

  • RE100 leading the way on accessible and sustainable energy for all

    The RE100 initiative, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, has been recognized as one of seven leaders on UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, which targets access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for everyone.

    The news was announced at a Seven for 7 event hosted by SEforALL and Ashden in New York City, which shone a spotlight on climate leadership across policy, business and finance.

    Now in its fourth year, RE100 was recognized for spurring business action and driving long-term shifts in energy models. The initiative now unites 138 influential companies working to source 100% renewable electricity – bringing about a faster market shift to renewable energy overall.

    “Securing a clean and sustainable energy future is at the core of our RE100 mission,” said Amy Davidsen, Executive Director – North America, The Climate Group, accepting the honor at the event.

    “The Climate Group brings together pioneering companies committed to the highest level of climate action. They are shifting markets through their own purchasing power, enabling growth in the clean economy.”

    She added, “However, to go further and faster in this pivotal year we need more companies to step up to the challenge, and more governments and cities to join them. Only then will we accelerate the clean energy transition fast enough to avoid dangerous climate change and enable greater prosperity for all.”

    Also speaking at the Seven for 7 event, Lance Pierce, President of CDP North America, said: “At CDP, our vision is a thriving economy that works for people and planet. The large-scale transition to renewable energy by corporations around the world is key to achieving that.”

    He added: “Companies are not only committing to renewable targets, they are achieving them. Our RE100 pioneers show there’s no reason not to aim for a 100% goal, and they are demonstrating leadership by influencing many other companies to follow.”

    The need for urgent leadership

    The Seven for 7 celebration took place during the ministerial meeting of the 2018 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. This is a platform for reviewing progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN agenda for delivering action in areas critical for the prosperity of humanity and the planet.

    “The leadership stories we’re hearing tonight give me hope that we can make faster progress on SDG7,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

    She continued: “We are not on track to realize the global goals by 2030. Their urgency requires leadership. These stories illustrate the difference leadership can make – speeding the pace of renewable energy development, accelerating energy efficiency gains and scaling access to energy increasingly with distributed renewable energy.”

    Shifting global markets

    Together, RE100 members represent over US$2.75 trillion in revenue and over 170 TWh of demand for renewable energy – equivalent to the energy consumption of a medium sized country.

    By investing in renewable energy technologies, they are increasing demand for clean power and driving innovation in the clean economy. Recent examples include Marui Group from Japan trialing blockchain technology in renewables sourcing; a consortium of RE100 members purchasing renewables in the Netherlands, and 38% of companies working with their suppliers to make renewables the norm in all aspects of the supply chain.

    The Climate Group is also working with RE100 members to leverage their collective demand to influence policy debates. A new provisional EU deal targeting 32% renewables across the EU by 2030 follows an open letter to the Council of the European Union from RE100 members calling for ambitious and supportive policy.

  • RE100 newsletter: big wins, ministerial support and member news

    This month has been filled with success. The European Parliament and Council made a provisional deal on the Renewable Energy Directive, reflecting the call from RE100 members that the EU set more ambitious targets. Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, also met government ministers and members in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, and in the UK RE100 was awarded Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year.


    RE100 policy success

    The new provisional EU deal recognizes corporate power purchase agreements and targets 32% renewable energy across the EU by 2030. As part of the RE-Source Platform, we will continue working with members on policy outreach to ensure EU ambition stays on track.


    Ministerial ambassadors for RE100

    The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Environment have expressed official support for RE100, encouraging more companies to join and demonstrating the growing momentum on RE100.

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, met government ministers and member companies in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.


    RE100 awarded best campaign

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    RE100 won the award for Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2018.

    Thank you to all our members for their leadership in driving clean energy markets and influencing others. 


    Step up: a new definition of leadership

    Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit and CWNYC, Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director at The Climate Group, wrote about the need for further and faster action by companies wishing to show climate leadership in this pivotal year. 


    RE100 member news

    BBVA joined RE100, taking us to 137 members.

    Read our interview with Daiwa House on why joining RE100, and The Climate Group's EP100 initiative on making better use of energy, is a smart business move.

    IKEA Group launched its science-based targets and called on other companies to follow suit.

    RE100 members Google, Facebook, IKEA Group, Microsoft, BT and Danone were announced as new Steering Group members for the RE-Source Platform for advancing renewable policy in Europe.


    Dates for your diaries:

    Soon after Global Climate Action Summit (San Francisco, September 12-14), we will host CWNYC Climate Week NYC. RE100 members are invited to showcase the highest level of climate leadership on renewables at high level events. If you are planning a progress announcement or interested in sponsoring, please let us know.

    To find out more about our events and webinars visit RE100.org/events

  • RE100 wins Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year Award

    The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative has been named Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, held on Wednesday 27 June, in London. The Climate Group leads RE100 in partnership with CDP.

    BusienssGreen wrote: “In a hotly contest field, RE100 stood out and the campaign to get corporates to switch to 100 per cent renewables has gone from strength to strength. The judges were hugely impressed by the campaign's global reach and sharp messaging, as well as the catalysing role it is playing for both corporate sustainability strategies and the renewables industry.”

    Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of RE100 members, staff and our international partners. Our team at The Climate Group and our colleagues at CDP have worked hard to sign up leading multinationals committed to 100% renewable electricity and to grow the initiative around the world.”

    Just back from a trip to Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, where there is rapidly growing interest in RE100, Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group added, “RE100 is going from strength to strength. We are starting to see positive policy impacts as the result of increasing business demand for renewables – it goes to show that pioneers are more powerful in shifting markets away from fossil fuels when they come together as one.”

    With a combined global revenue of over US$2.75 trillion, RE100 members – including Global Fortune 500 companies – represent a powerful new dynamic in global energy markets. The Climate Group showcases members’ progress towards their 100% renewable electricity goals and works to ensure governments recognize that, with the right market and policy environment, there is huge potential for business to provide a vast new source of capital to fund renewable energy infrastructure and achieve large carbon savings.

    In 2017, we amplified the advocacy efforts of RE100 members through an open letter to the Council of the European Union and a meeting with key MEPs, calling for a supportive renewable energy policy framework. Improvements were adopted by the European Parliament –  this month’s new provisional EU deal now targets 32% renewables across the EU by 2030.

    We also called on companies to engage their suppliers on renewable electricity, publishing guidance and best practice examples in this field. A RE100 survey shows that learning from pioneer companies on how to engage suppliers and set appropriate targets is important for 90% of responding members.

    Our most recent RE100 Progress and Insights report showed that many members had already achieved their 100% commitment, some faster than expected. In 2016, the average share of renewables in RE100 members’ power consumption was 1.3 times higher than the global rate of renewable electricity use.

    “We hope this award recognizing our achievements encourages many more multinationals to become members of RE100, EP100 and EV100, to work with us to lower emissions and accelerate much needed climate action,” said Clarkson.

    The Climate Group would like to take the this opportunity to congratulate all the other shortlisted award nominees for the work they have done on sustainability: 2 Degrees of Separation by Carbon Tracker, the TCFD implementation workshop series by Climate Disclosure Standards Board, the #BringBackHeavyMetal 2017 campaign by Ecosurety and Hubbub, Clean Air Day by Global Action Plan and Partners, The Square Mile Challenge by Hubbub, The River Itchen Challenge by Southern WaterThe Carbon Literacy ProjectThe State of Sustainability in the UK Built Environment by UK Green Building Council and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Campaign by Vivergo Fuels.