• Collaboration is key to success, says Carlsberg Group during Climate Week NYC

    Demonstrating clear corporate leadership during Climate Week NYC 2017, RE100 member Carlsberg Group has highlighted the importance of working in partnership with others to lower emissions and address climate change.

    In an interview for Climate TV, recorded prior to the Opening Ceremony, Flemming Besenbacher, Chair of Board, Carlsberg Group, said, “Partnership is very, very important for us… we can learn from other industries; we would like to collaborate with others.”

    “I’d say that actively engaging with other companies, also university partners, and learning from each other, is very, very important for Carlsberg, and we’ve been doing that for many years.”

     “I see more and more young people stepping up and saying they want to change things,” Besenbacher said later in a panel discussion with Siemens, the International Copper Association, PepsiCo and Walmart – another RE100 member. “We want to engage consumers, that’s why we’ve established a zero- carbon bar.”

    The Group’s new pop-up bar in Copenhagen, is designed to be climate-friendly and CO2-neutral.

    “We’re extremely proud of this installation… it’s a good way for us to interact with consumers and talk to them about important issues like climate change, and how we – as consumers and producers – can play an important role,” said Anders Bering, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Carlsberg Group.


    Corporate leadership

    Carlsberg has set itself a target to become fully CO2 neutral in all its breweries by 2030, and to help deliver on this, recently joined RE100 with a commitment to sourcing 100% renewable power for its global operations.

    “It’s in Carlsberg’s purpose to brew for a better today and tomorrow, and you could say it’s in our DNA to push the boundaries,” Bering said.

    Also highlighting the central role of business at the Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC were Stephen Badger, Chairman of the Board, Mars, Inc. and Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart, who gave examples of the actions their companies were taking in their value chains to engage suppliers and customers on climate change.

    Just last week, Mars announced a pledge to invest US$1 billion to slash greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by 67% by 2050.

    Business case

    At the Opening Ceremony, Anne Finucane, Vice Chair, Bank of America – which joined RE100 at Climate Week NYC last year – underlined the business case for big banks to transition to 100% renewable electricity. “We’re all making money at it,” she said, “you will see greater investment in renewables because we see business there.”

    Eight new companies joined RE100 for Climate Week NYC 2017, taking the total number of members to 110. Together, the companies are creating demand for over 150 TWh of renewable electricity – more than enough to power New York State.

    For more information on Carlsberg Group's approach and achievements so far, read our recent interview with Sustainability Director Simon Boas Hoffmeyer.

  • Blog: Adobe's Bangalore office among first in India to be powered by 100% renewable energy

    With Climate Week NYC 2017 underway in New York, Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist, Adobe, blogs on the company’s efforts to reduce its emissions in India and the benefits for the local community.

    Adobe’s Bangalore site is going solar. We recently signed a 2.5-megawatt, grid-scale, solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for our Bangalore office, which will provide enough power to cover our annual energy demand.

    Adobe is proud to be among the first US-headquartered technology companies in India to have a facility powered entirely by renewable energy, an important step toward our commitment of sourcing 100% renewables globally.

    Why this matters

    Bangalore is our first major purchase of renewable energy, and while it’s a small step toward our end goal, it’s a milestone. The purchase moves Adobe closer to our RE100 goal - a promise we made in 2015, along with nearly one hundred of our peers and with guidance from The Climate Group - of reaching 100% renewable electricity for all of our operations and digital delivery of our products.

    Our target date for 100% renewables is 2035. This might seem a long way off, but Adobe is focusing on direct and open access renewable energy - this means that the energy we purchase is adding directly to the local power grid. This process will take us more time than using carbon offsets or unbundled renewable energy certificates (RECs), but we think it’s worth it.

    Our project in Bangalore shows that a direct purchase of renewable energy makes the right kind of impact for our company and our community. Here’s how it works.

    With the right renewable energy policies in place, and thorough research on local projects and developers, we were able to sign into the open access PPA in the state of Karnataka to power our Bangalore site. 

    Adobe’s purchase, along with other large energy purchases in the state, has allowed the solar energy developers to add more solar panels to their farm. As with all grid-scale, renewable energy PPAs, the power generated goes directly into the local grid, becoming which part of the pool of energy that ultimately provides power for local schools, businesses, citizens, and our office in Bangalore.

    Because of this solar power purchase, Bangalore and the state of Karnataka will burn less coal for their local needs - a major part of India’s goal to transition to renewable energy. This means we’re helping clean up local air and lower emissions in a community where our employees live and where we do business.

    And as an important part of running our business sustainably, we also expect to save money on this purchase, while contributing to an infrastructure that we think will provide more consistent energy prices and allow more power users to move to renewables. With all of these benefits, we can’t help but think that direct access renewable energy is the future of corporate sustainability, and we’re thrilled to be helping to blaze the trail.

    In addition to our renewable energy purchase, we’re also proud to report that we’ve transitioned our India vehicle fleet to more sustainable options, placing into service 47 electric vehicles.

    Part of a bigger plan

    Targeting 100% renewable power means we’re working on a lot of fronts at once. Here are the focus areas of our renewable energy strategy:

    • We first work to make each of our offices as energy efficient as possible. Currently, 78% of our workforce is in LEED certified space;
    • we’ve also partnered with the Science Based Targets initiative to set emissions targets for each of our sites;
    • we are committed to investigating on-site renewable energy options and new technologies when it makes economic sense;
    • we work with NGOs and other companies to advocate policies - like the one in Karnataka that allowed us to make an open access PPA - that will help all of us move toward renewables; and,
    • we’re planning to enter into more direct or open access renewable energy PPAs; the type of energy plan we think has the biggest impact on the environment.

    Nobody can go it alone

    We’re excited about what we’ve achieved in Bangalore, but when it comes to sustainability, no one can do it alone. We collaborate with NGO partners, along with other committed companies. Together, we share what works (and what doesn’t). And we combine our influence to support legislation for sustainability.

    With our peers, we continue to embrace the science-based targets that help us own our total emissions, and hold us accountable for reducing them. And, during Climate Week NYC 2017, we have more opportunities to share our best ideas and to strengthen the commitments that are helping us do our part for our communities, our employees and our shareholders.

    For more information, read about Adobe’s recent placement on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Adobe’s sustainability efforts, and the company’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

  • Leading businesses speed energy transition at Climate Week NYC

    Announced at Climate Week NYC 2017 in New York, global financial institutions Citi and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have joined The Climate Group’s RE100 campaign with CDP, committing to source 100% renewable power across their global operations by 2020.

    Also joining the campaign are US drinks company Califia Farms, and UK investment management company Jupiter Asset Management.

    The announcements follow news last week that The Estée Lauder Companies, Kellogg Company, DBS Bank and Clif Bar & Company have also joined RE100 for Climate Week NYC 2017.

    110 of the world’s most influential companies are now generating demand for over 150 TWh renewable energy annually – more than enough to power New York State.

    Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, said:

    “This year’s Climate Week NYC is jam-packed with the best examples of corporate leadership – from cleaner, smarter energy choices through to ambitious commitments on electric transport. Companies joining RE100 recognize that renewable power is a smart business decision. Their leadership will help to shape energy markets away from fossil fuels and deliver on the Paris Agreement at speed.”

    "We are right alongside our clients in supporting the growth of renewable energy development and production," said Michael Corbat, Chief Executive Officer, Citi. "We're committed to using renewable power sources for our global operations while continuing to provide financing for our clients' renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the world." The bank is targeting 100% renewable electricity by 2020.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced in July that it also plans to go 100% renewable by 2020. Matt Arnold, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co., said the company's commitment – coupled with plans to facilitate $200 billion in clean energy financing to 2025 – is "driven by ‘out-of-the-box’ innovators and a commercial approach that will deliver a more resilient energy supply chain."

    Jupiter Asset Management, a leading London-based investment management company, has a goal of sourcing 100% renewable energy for its electricity use by 2018. Maarten Slendebroek, Chief Executive Officer, Jupiter Asset Management, said: "As a long-term active investor, we believe that climate change and energy transition carry risks and opportunities that warrant our attention.”

    Califia Farms, a leading provider of 100% plant-based drinks, is committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2020. Eli Steltenpohl, Sustainability Manager, Califia Farms, said: “We want to show how better-for you products can be produced in a better way, regardless of your industry or footprint."

    The eight newcomers to RE100 were announced on stage at ‘VELOCITY – Accelerating Climate Action’, a unique event at Climate Week NYC, which saw The Climate Group partner with VICE Impact, Formula E and Spring Studios to champion ambitious climate action to business and governments.

    There were high level speakers from RE100 member companies, including AB InBev, DBS Bank, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, H&M, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kellogg Company, and Philips Lighting – with H&M also speaking on their EP100 commitment on energy productivity.

    Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg, said the business risks posed by climate change impacts was a reason to act on renewable energy, and underlined that consumers expect global brands to act responsibly. 

    David Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability, General Motors, added that young people had high expectations of their employees, and said that GM would power its Ohio and Indiana plants entirely with wind energy - "a fantastic show of commitment", according to The Climate Group's CEO Helen Clarkson.

    Michael Norton, Managing Director of Real Estate, JP Morgan highlighted the cost benefits of taking action, and the falling cost of renewables being a key factor in the company’s decision to target 100% renewable power by 2020.

    Vanessa Rothschild, Sustainability Business Controller at H&M - a member of both RE100 and EP100, The Climate Group's energy productivity campaign - said: "We want to make fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable, influencing others too." She continued: "First of all we reduce the amount of energy we use, then ensure what we do use comes from renewable sources."

    Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group said "RE100 and EP100 work fantastically well together - and for an automaker that makes business sense."

    RE100 recently celebrated its 100 members milestone, drawing praise from global climate leaders including Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and former US Vice President Al Gore.

    The Climate Group also launched its new EV100 initiative, to boost the uptake of electric vehicles across the world, and make electric transport the new normal. 

  • Countdown to Climate Week NYC 2017: record number of global companies to source 100% renewable power

    Days before Climate Week NYC 2017 gets underway in New York City, The Estée Lauder Companies, Kellogg Company, DBS Bank Ltd and Clif Bar & Company have joined RE100 - the 100% renewable power campaign for businesses, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

    The four companies have all committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity across their global operations, and are helping to drive important changes in electricity markets.

    The 106 members of the campaign are now taking the total demand for renewable electricity to around 150 TWh annually – more than enough to power New York State.

    The Climate Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Clarkson, welcomed the news: “By joining our campaigns, corporates like The Estée Lauder Companies, Kellogg, DBS Bank and Clif Bar are demonstrating the highest level of commitment to climate action and setting an example at Climate Week NYC."

    She continued, "But they’re not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts – renewable power makes business sense, and corporate leadership is absolutely key to delivering on the Paris Agreement at speed.”

    The Estée Lauder Companies, a global leader in beauty, has joined RE100 with a commitment to source 100% of its global electricity consumption from renewable energy technologies by 2020 – the company powered its operations with 45% renewable electricity in 2016.

    Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies, said: “As a global company and citizen, we at The Estée Lauder Companies strongly believe that we all play a part in the fight against global climate change. By joining RE100, we are committing to sourcing 100% of our global electricity consumption from renewable energy technologies by 2020."

    She added, "We look forward to partnering with RE100 as we work together to protect our planet and ensure a healthier world for generations to come.”

    Kellogg, a leading maker of breakfast cereals and snacks, has joined RE100 with a goal to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2050, aligned with its commitment to reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions by 65%. Having already achieved 20% renewable electricity through contracts with local utilities in Europe and the U.S. that are bringing more renewables to local grids, the company has an interim target for reaching 40% by 2020.

    Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company, said: “As one of the first ten companies to have approved science-based greenhouse gas emissions targets in 2015, we’ve already invested in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies. Going 100% renewable is the obvious next step; lowering business risk, generating financial savings, and helping other companies make the switch as well.”

    DBS Bank Ltd, a leading financial services group in Asia, has joined RE100 with a commitment to 100% renewable power and an interim goal of transferring its Singapore operations (65% of global total) to renewable electricity by 2030. The bank will take advantage of RE100 knowledge sharing activities to identify options for going renewable in other markets.

    Mike Power, Chief Operating Officer for Technology and Operations, DBS Bank, and co-chair of the bank's Sustainability Council, said: “Adding renewables to our energy mix will complement our existing energy efficiency initiatives and accelerate our journey towards becoming an environmentally responsible corporate citizen. Joining RE100 will provide us the opportunity to collaborate with experts and other RE100 members to explore various renewable energy options available in the markets we operate in.”

    Clif Bar & Company, an American maker of organic foods and drinks, has been purchasing renewable electricity certificates equivalent to 100% of its total operations for the last 10 years, and is now exploring more direct ways of sourcing renewable energy.

    Kevin Cleary, Chief Executive Officer, Clif Bar & Company, said: “For over 15 years, Clif Bar has remained strongly committed to using renewable energy and taking climate action. We source 100% green power for our operations, and promote renewables among our employees, our supply chain partners and the public.

    He added: "Climate action simply demands our collective action, and coalitions like RE100 send a clear message that the global business community knows our future success depends on a low carbon economy and that we will use our combined influence to shift the market.”

    RE100 recently celebrated its 100 members milestone, drawing praise from global climate leaders including Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and former US Vice President Al Gore.

    Diane Holdorf and Mike Power will be speaking at VELOCITY - a business focused event by The Climate Group during Climate Week NYC, which will also see the launch of The Climate Group's new EV100 initiative, to boost the uptake of electric vehicles across the world, and make electric transport the new normal. 

  • Mars invests $1 billion in sustainability to help "fix" global business supply chain

    RE100 member and global confectionery producer Mars, Inc. has pledged to invest about US$1 billion to slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its supply chain by 67% by 2050 – and to be at the forefront of the new low carbon economy.

    Unveiled today, the 'Sustainable in a Generation Plan' builds on the company’s efforts which have already led to a 29% reduction of its emissions against 2007 levels. Mars wants to be fossil fuel free by 2040 in its own operations, and is increasing its renewable energy supply across its sites worldwide to reach this target.

    “We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do but also because it’s good business,” said Grant Reid, CEO, Mars, Inc., commenting on the plan. “We expect to have a competitive advantage from a more resource efficient supply chain, and from ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is doing well.”

    “We congratulate Mars on their leadership in delivering a cleaner, prosperous economy,” said Amy Davidsen, Executive Director – North America, The Climate Group. “Mars was one of the first members of RE100 and is at the forefront of an unstoppable market force to transition to 100% renewable energy."

    She continued, “This announcement comes less than two weeks before the opening of Climate Week NYC, the collaborative space for businesses and policymakers to implement the Paris Agreement, in order to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and avoid the most severe impacts of climate change.

    "We look forward to major players like Mars showing how their continuing ambitious climate leadership drives innovation, jobs and prosperity.” 

    A collaborative effort

    Today's announcement from Mars is also a call to fellow business leaders, NGOs and governments to put sustainability at the heart of their operations. Mars is a proud member of RE100, The Climate Group’s campaign with CDP bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power.

    Mars is already using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover 100% of its operations in Belgium, Brazil, Lithuania, the UK and the US. Next year, it is planning to add Austria, Czech Republic, France, Mexico, Spain and Poland to this list.

    “We must work together, because the engine of global business – its supply chain – is broken,” and requires “transformational, cross-industry collaboration to fix it,” said Grant Reid.

    "Business needs to look beyond our own operations to transform the entire value chain."

    In fact, to date the majority of Mars’ emissions – approximately 65% – come from its own supply chain, which includes about one million employees. Working with suppliers to transition to clean power will help to reduce GHG emissions while future-proofing Mars’ own operations.

    Mars has set an interim target to reduce total GHG emissions across its entire value chain by 27% by 2025, while reducing by half water use in excess of sustainable levels and holding flat the total. The plan will also help farmers in transforming how they grow crops in a more environmentally-friendly way, while increasing their income at the same time.

    During Climate Week NYC, the company will also unveil a new plan to engage consumers in the climate agenda – featuring its iconic M&M’s characters.

    “It’s time for companies to accelerate their game and work together, and work together with governments and civil society,” concluded Grant Reid. “This is a world issue and it requires all actors to work together.”

  • Blog: Our journey to 100% renewable electricity: Infosys leading on corporate sourcing in India

    Leading Indian IT company Infosys Limited has an ambitious goal of reaching 100% renewable electricity. Here, Rakesh Bohra, Sr. Associate Manager – Green initiatives & Infrastructures, shares the company’s progress and experiences.

    As the global population continues to rise, many countries are dependent on fossil fuel imports to meet their soaring energy needs. But this is steadily changing. Businesses and industry – alongside Government – have a vital role to play in addressing environmental issues and climate change by adding much more renewable energy to the mix.

    Demonstrating leadership

    Infosys recognized long ago that it is paradoxical to have economic growth without addressing environmental issues. Infosys voluntarily became one of the first companies in the world to set a goal of becoming carbon neutral, reducing per capita electricity consumption by 50% (against 2008 baseline year), and sourcing 100% renewable power. As a responsible and environmentally conscious organization, we were also the first corporate in India to join RE100.

    This fiscal year, we have achieved our per capita electricity reduction target and made significant progress on renewable energy, considering the challenges posed by government policies and open access regulations. Our total electricity consumption in the year 2016-17 was 267 gigawatt hours 44.6% is from renewable energy sources, including ~15 megawatts (MW) capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at different locations. We aim to source 50% of our electricity requirements through renewable energy before the end of the year and we remain committed to achieving all our clean energy and climate-related targets as quickly as possible.

    We have collaborated with renowned research institutes and laboratories in India and abroad including the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to enhance the performance and quality of our in-house solar PV installations. This fiscal year we are also planning to set up a 30-40 MW solar PV project in Karnataka State, and we aim to increase our installed solar PV capacity significantly for captive usage in the near future.

    The business case

    100% renewable energy is technically possible, economically viable, socially imperative and environmentally inevitable.

    In our experience, going with renewable electricity makes good sense; firstly, it is economically feasible to set up your own renewable power generation facility, and secondly it reduces carbon footprints thereby allowing you to brand your social environmentally conscious image in market.

    If planned consciously, today, renewables have a very attractive payback period with the product life of most of the equipment being more than 20 years. They also provide lower operating costs in the long run, eliminating the associated risks of escalating energy prices and unstable power supply.

    Infosys Hyderabad Grid Connected 6.6 MW solar PV plant

    As the cost of renewable energy is falling and rapidly attaining parity with grid power, it makes commercial sense for corporates to go 100% on renewables. With advancement in technology and considering economy of scale, the cost of storage systems is also going to fall significantly in the coming years, thus making renewable electricity a more attractive and reliable energy solution.

    The mechanisms we use to progress our RE100 commitment include buying green power from open access and at the same time setting up our own solar PV plants. But to get many more companies transitioning to 100% renewable power, we also need to develop a mature market for renewable energy procurement and trading.

    In India, we have challenges in our policy framework that make it harder for companies to pursue ambitious goals like RE100. For example, Uniform Central open access policy must be carefully planned, otherwise different open access charges and loss factors make it very difficult for corporates with operational presence in different states to be successful in achieving 100% renewable electricity.

    Banking and wheeling charges and transmission losses, and the absence of a net energy settlement/scheduling mechanism is also a big challenge. Favorable policies such as exemption in wheeling and banking charges, cross subsidies, and access to withdraw banked green power anytime during the 24 hours of business operations should be translated across all states to enable larger adoption of renewable energy for big corporates.

    I firmly believe that initiatives like RE100 must be embraced by governments of all countries. There are considerable efforts from the Indian government to include renewable energy in mainstream power generation sources, but a specific policy around corporate sourcing of renewables needs to be developed to persuade more corporates to invest. India has a target of achieving 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, so such a clear policy framework for corporates will add great value in achieving this national goal.

    With tremendous potential for renewables in India, the market needs pioneers to demonstrate its viability. For Infosys, it’s not just important for the company to be green; we want to lead the way in creating a clean energy future for the development of society as a whole. We are constantly sharing our best practices with the industry and wider communities to demonstrate that these interventions make a strong business case for others to emulate.

    Infosys was a guest speaker at the RE100 roundtable at the Business & Climate Summit, New Delhi.

  • Scaling corporate renewable electricity demand In India - RE100 convenes businesses in New Delhi

    In a bid to highlight the role of corporate leadership on renewables in developing a cleaner economy, The Climate Group has hosted a RE100 high-level roundtable event, ‘Scaling Corporate Renewable Electricity Demand In India’.

    An official side event of the Business and Climate Summit 2017, the roundtable was supported by Edison Energy and saw participation from not only RE100 members such as Infosys, Dalmia Cement, Swiss Re, H&M and IKEA Group, but also from other major companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Steel and DBS Bank. 

    Emphasizing the business case for corporates to transition to 100% renewable power, Jarnail Singh, India Director at The Climate Group said, “RE100 stands testimony to the fact that corporate demand for renewable power is bringing forth a shift in electricity markets, globally. Consequently, renewables will become the new normal for businesses in future.”

    The RE100 event gets underway.

    RE100 member companies shared learnings from their transition to 100% renewables, explaining how it makes business sense. Topics included factors influencing organizational decision making, financing of corporate renewable electricity projects, and varying regulatory, policy and technology options available in India.

    Sharing his insights on about the prime motivators and catalysts behind Dalmia Cement’s decision to target 100% renewable electricity, Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO and Whole Time Director, Dalmia Bharat Ltd. said, “social responsibility and carbon pricing helped to convince board members to invest in renewable electricity”.

    Mr. Singhi’s views were echoed by Bose Varghese, Head – Green Initiatives, Infosys, who emphasized the growing need for corporates to go 100% renewable, while analyzing common risk scenarios, and legal and regulatory frameworks. He said that 45% of Infosys’ current electricity demand is being met through renewable sources, 80% of which is purchased through Open Access.

    Group CEO and Whole Time Director, Dalmia Bharat Ltd. Mahendra Singhi shares the business case for renewables.

    Another session focused on the different financing mechanisms for renewable electricity procurement in India. Uday Khemka, Chair of the Clean Energy Financing Forum (CEFF) and Gopal Vemuri, Director of Capital Markets at Edison Energy shared financing options for corporate sourcing of renewable electricity, and the discussions were moderated by Vandana Gomber, Global Policy Editor at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

    Mr. Gomber began the session with a presentation on global corporate PPA volume trends and top corporate off-takers of renewable energy in 2017. These included RE100 member companies Apple, AB InBev and Unilever.

    Mr. Khemka highlighted the importance of finance and the need to bring in sustainable long term solutions. He underlined the importance of business, financial institutions, government and energy distribution companies (DISCOMs) to work together while emphasising on the “absolutely critical” role that DISCOMS play.

    Mr. Vemuri added that India has a great opportunity for going 100% renewable – but said that financial and policy transparency would be paramount for achieving it.

    The final session was a deep dive into the operational aspects of implementing corporate renewable electricity projects and was led by CDP, technical delivery partner for RE100. The session answered some basic questions with regards to technical criteria and other guidance, as well as documents for assisting companies to make credible renewable electricity consumption claims, as part of the RE100 campaign. It also highlighted the ground-level operational aspects of sourcing, installing and integrating renewable electricity in different scenarios.

    CDP went on to champion RE100 webinars providing market insights from expert speakers and peer companies. Binu Sekhar, VP Corporate Real Estate & Logistics, Swiss Re, a founding member of RE100, spoke of bullish trends in the renewable energy market in India, and stated that Swiss Re will achieve its RE100 target before 2020.

    RE100, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, brings together “a growing group of major, influential companies from around the world who have set a target to source 100% renewable electricity. The global campaign recently reached its 100 member milestone, with companies from a wide range of sectors and operations around the world creating around 146 terawatt-hours (TWh) in demand for renewable electricity annually – about as much as it takes to power Poland or New York State.

    Here more from Infosys in this blog by Rakesh Bohra, Sr. Associate Manager – Green initiatives & Infrastructures.

  • Blog: EU policy - opening markets for corporate renewable energy buyers

    The current update of the European Union’s energy policy framework will impact the European energy market for years to come. As many leading businesses look to source 100% renewable power globally, our Head of RE100, Sam Kimmins, blogs on an important change needed to the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), to maximize corporate uptake of renewables in Europe.

    RE100 is a global collaborative initiative bringing together over 100 influential and multinational businesses that are committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally. Together, they represent more than enough renewable electricity demand to power Poland.

    These companies have made this highest-level commitment because they know that renewable electricity makes long-term business sense. The technology is ready, unsubsidized costs are competitive, and companies are ready to invest at scale.

    Corporate sourcing of renewables represents a major new flow of capital and finance into Europe’s renewable electricity infrastructure. Much of the electricity used by our members in Europe is already from renewable sources, and they are leading the way through a combination of power purchase agreements (PPAs), on-site generation, green contracts and certificates.

    IKEA Group, a founding member of RE100, owns more wind turbines than stores and is aiming to produce as much energy as it consumes by the end of the decade. The company has also invested an impressive $1.78 billion (€1.5 billion) in purchasing its own wind and solar power generation equipment since 2009 and in FY15 committed a further $715 billion (€600 million). 

    Last year, Mars, Inc. signed a PPA for a wind farm in Scotland to power its entire UK operations.

    RE100 members Royal DSM, Google, Royal Philips and AkzoNobel joined forces to sign an exciting joint PPA for 350 gigawatt hours per year in the Netherlands.

    And Microsoft, which has invested more than $3 billion in Europe to date, has continued to champion renewables. John Frank, Vice President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft said back in May: “As our cloud continues to grow, so does the energy consumption of the data centers that power the cloud. We are committed to using more renewable energy to meet those needs, and we believe that this is good for our business, the economy, and the environment." 

    He added: "We’re pleased to play a part in supporting this important and growing sector in the EU and welcome new policies that enable us to develop and deploy greater amounts of renewable energy.”

    But not every business is sourcing renewables in Europe yet – how can forthcoming changes to the EU’s energy policy framework accelerate the growth of this movement, boosting business competitiveness, while delivering on the Paris Agreement?

    Let’s be clear – corporate buyers are not looking for subsidies. Renewables are increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels. What we need is a clear, transparent and fair electricity market with long-term stability, that enables companies to purchase or generate renewable electricity for all of their operations in Europe.

    Over the last year, RE100 reports and events supported by our members have helped to raise awareness among Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The answer now lies in a recent amendment to the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, tabled by MEPs José Blanco López and Eva Kaili.

    Amendment 757 to the Renewable Energy Directive Article 15 Paragraph 9 (below) provides for the clear, transparent and fair electricity market needed to innovate new renewable electricity investment models, scale up investments and achieve our shared renewable electricity ambitions.

    Amendment 757 to the Renewable Energy Directive Article 15 Paragraph 9 full text:

    Member States shall carry out an assessment of the barriers to and the potential of the purchase of energy from renewable sources by corporate customers in their territories and shall set up an enabling regulatory and administrative framework for the growth of this new way to finance renewables and facilitate their uptake.

     In particular, such enabling framework shall comprise the possibility for all customers, individually or through aggregators, to sign one or more single-buyer or multiple-buyer power purchase agreements with on-site, nearby and off-site electricity generating installations using renewable sources. Such power purchase agreements shall be deemed compatible with competition rules and with support schemes for renewable energy and shall not be subjected to burdensome procedures and excessive costs. Member States may allow a single power purchase agreement to be signed between an electricity generating installation using renewable sources and a corporate customer to cover the consumption of multiple sites belonging to the corporate customer.

    RE100 is calling on MEPs and EU Member States to support this Amendment because it makes provision for corporate buyers – an important new market that can drive rapid growth in renewable electricity investment.

    Specifically, it:

    • focuses on the removal of market barriers and burdensome costs, to enable a more effective, competitive market in which corporate customers can purchase electricity from the provider of their choosing;
    • provides a flexible but enforceable framework through which EU Member States can develop locally appropriate solutions;
    • encourages competition and innovation in electricity markets;
    • recognizes the importance of market innovation (e.g. PPA models) in enabling a wide range of corporate off-takers and renewable electricity suppliers to participate in the renewable electricity market; and,
    • enables the market to play a stronger role in driving the development of EU renewable electricity capacity well beyond the modest ambition of 27% by 2030.

    The inclusion of Amendment 757 will strengthen REDII’s ability to deliver a renewable electricity system that meets the needs of a growing number of corporate buyers, attracts corporate investment, and shows global leadership in energy market innovation.

    We’re looking to everyone in the European Parliament to support its progress though the coming months, to help many more companies to reach their goal of becoming 100% renewable.

    RE100 is brought to you by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

  • Newsletter: Climate Week NYC, knowledge sharing, and dates for your diaries

    Climate Week NYC 2017: what's happening

    Climate Week NYC 2017's high profile Opening Ceremony will take place on September 18, bringing together global leaders from government and business to explore the theme of 'Innovation. Jobs. Prosperity.' By invitation only.

    September 19 will see the event 'VELOCITY - Accelerating Climate Action' feature exciting new partnerships and high level speakers from business and government, as well as the launch of The Climate Group's new electric mobility campaign, EV100. There will be updates from RE100 and sister campaign EP100, and discussions on scaling and speeding the energy transition. By invitation only.

    Click here for the full list of events at Climate Week NYC (to go live this week).

    RE-Source 2017 & private members' event

    This event, taking place October 10-11, will bring together businesses, renewable energy developers and senior decision-makers to discuss scaling up renewables in Europe, the latest intelligence on PPAs, and opportunities to network with solution providers.

    Vail Resorts joins RE100

    Vail Resorts is the latest company to join RE100, committing to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and helping to deliver on its 'Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint' by the same year. Vail Resorts is a global leader in the skiing industry and feels a special obligation to protect the environment, which is central to its business.      

    RE100 webinar: Japan's renewable energy market

    RE100 held a webinar on the Japanese renewables market, focused on the new J-Credit scheme through which the Government certifies as credits the amount of greenhouse gas emissions reduced through renewable energy. The guest speaker was Kae Takase, Project Manager, CDP Japan

    RE100 webinar: How corporates can supercharge progress towards Paris goal

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group presented to 12 regional and state governments, on the growth of corporate demand for renewable electricity. The webinar explored how corporate sourcing can help to deliver on government climate targets, and how governments can support corporate sourcing by improving the policy and market environment.  

    Dates for your diaries

    August 24, 2017: RE100 - BRC joint webinar: 'Bringing renewables to the Southeast US' - A new inter-state transmission line will open up new procurement options in the region. Mark Dyson, Manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute and Kenneth Davies, Director of Renewable Energy at Microsoft will present this new initiative and explain how members of RE100 can get involved.

    August 30, 2017: RE100 roundtable, 'Scaling corporate renewable electricity use in India', New Delhi, India - This is an official affiliate event of this year's Business & Climate Summit, including speakers from Dalmia Cement, Infosys, and Swiss Re who will share success stories and learnings around transitioning to 100% renewable power in India. By invitation only.

    September 5, 2017: Beyond Solar Impulse, Brussels, Belgium - This is a film projection and debate with Prof. Bertrand Piccard (explorer, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation), Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (CEO of Solvay) and Carlos Moedas (Commissioner of Research and Innovation at the European Commission). Register here

    September 18-24, 2017: Climate Week NYC, New York, US - The Climate Group's annual flagship event will gather business and government leaders to demonstrate how continued investment in clean energy can drive 'Innovation. Jobs. Prosperity'. Following the Opening Ceremony on Monday 18, there will be a business focused event on Tuesday 19.

    September 2017 (date tbc): RE100 peer-to-peer learning webinar with Tata Motors - Abhay Pathak, Sustainability Lead at Tata Motors Limited, will present a case study of the company's Dharwad (KA) plant in India, which achieved a 91% renewable electricity share last year. 

    October 5, 2017: RE100 - Gold Standard joint webinar on new Gold Standard label for renewable energy market instruments - This webinar will address the need for a quality label for renewable electricity certificates, and discuss how RE100 members can use it to demonstrate they are adding new renewable energy capacity to the grid. 

  • Newsletter: 100 members moment, EU energy policy and what's coming up

    RE100 reaches 100 members milestone

    Carlsberg Group, AkzoNobel, AXA, and Burberry joined RE100 this month, taking the total number of members to 100 and the total demand for renewable electricity to 146 TWh - enough to power Poland or New York State. 

    In celebration of the milestone, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa congratulated the members and praised the leadership of employees at all levels. There was also recognition from Former US Vice President Al Gore.

    Media coverage included BloombergCNBC, and The Independent, plus the Southern Weekly in China, and key trade titles including The GrocerInsurance Journal, and The Business of Fashion.

    The Climate Group’s Head of RE100, Sam Kimmins reflected on RE100’s growth and future potential. Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group called on companies to encourage their suppliers to switch to renewable electricity, and Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP highlighted the importance of transparency and disclosure in tracking progress.


    Cees ’t Hart, CEO of Carlsberg Group said RE100 was “an opportunity to share best practice, to learn from each other” and to “inspire other companies to follow us in our aim”. There were also video messages from AXAAkzoNobel and founding member IKEA, and a blog from Tata Motors.

    And the momentum continues: in the last few days Dutch biotechnology company Corbion became the 101st company to join RE100. Further announcements are expected over the coming weeks.

    Philips Lighting first with renewable energy certificates in the Gulf

    Philips Lighting has become the first company to purchase renewable energy certificates in the Gulf using the I-REC Standard. The energy efficiency leader will source traceable renewable electricity from a solar park in Dubai. Media coverage included CNBC and Clean Technica.   

    The Climate Group becomes founding member of GECCO

    The Climate Group has become a founding member of the Green Electricity Consumption Cooperative Organization (GECCO), launched at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) in Beijing, to pilot voluntary renewable electricity certificates in China. We believe the initiative will help RE100 members to transfer their Chinese operations to renewable power, also helping to deliver on the Government’s climate goals.                 

    European clean energy package - RE100 activities

    We are facilitating meetings between RE100 members and MEPs from Sweden, Latvia, Denmark and Ireland, to help bring about changes to the Clean Energy For All Europeans package that will increase corporate sourcing of renewables in Europe. 

    RE100 webinar: 'Overview of solar net metering policy (India)'

    RE100 has held a markets and policy webinar for Gold and Silver members about the net metering policies of Indian states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The guest speaker was Deepak Krishnan, Manager, Energy Program, WRI India. 


    August 24, 2017: RE100-BRC joint webinar: 'Bringing renewables to the Southeast US' - A new inter-state transmission line will open up new procurement options in the region. Speakers from the Rocky Mountain Institute and corporate buyers will present this new initiative and let RE100 members know how to get involved. 

    August 30, 2017: RE100 roundtable, 'Scaling corporate renewable electricity use in India', New Delhi, India - To take place immediately ahead of this year's Business & Climate SummitThe Climate Group has invited members of RE100 to share their success stories and learnings around transitioning to 100% renewable power in India.                   

    September 18-24, 2017: Climate Week NYC, New York, US - The Climate Group's annual flagship event will gather business and government leaders to demonstrate how continued investment in clean energy can drive innovation, jobs and prosperity. Following the Opening Ceremony on Monday 18, there will be a business focused event on Tuesday 19.             

    September 2017 (date tbc): RE100 peer-to-peer learning webinar with Tata Motors - Abhay Pathak, Sustainability Lead at Tata Motors Limited, will present a case study of the company's Dharwad (KA) plant in India, which achieved a 91% renewable electricity share last year.          

    October 10, 2017: RE100 members event, Brussels, Belgium - This will be a bespoke RE100 peer-learning event, on the first day of RE-Source 2017


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