MultiNationals reduce 15% emissions
These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.
Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.”
MultiNationals and carbon pricing
Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.
Read about the actions they are taking.
Source: RE100 is a collaborative initiative of influential multinational businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase corporate demand for renewable energy.
IKEA believes in taking care of people and the planet, and have integrated sustainability into everyday operations as part of their People and Planet Positive strategy.
Tackling climate change has been a priority for Swiss Re for more than 20 years. The company is constantly seeking ways to reduce carbon emissions from its own operations, but it is also extremely focused on providing research and financial products that help their clients mitigate and respond to the consequences of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts and flooding that are increasing as a result of climate change.
Swiss Re’s commitment to renewable energy is driven by a desire to take a leadership position on mitigating climate change and reducing the company’s carbon footprint.
Since 2014, in the USA, Apple has been 100 percent energy neutral. Worldwide: 87%. Earlier this year, Apple reported over 200 megawatts of PV parks to be built in China.
Top 100 US organizations using renewable energy
- Intel Corp. Santa Clara, Calif.
- Kohl’s Department Stores, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
- Microsoft Corp. Redmond, Wash.
- Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas
- Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark.
- Staples, Framingham, Mass.
- Apple Inc., Cupertino, Calif.
- City of Houston
- U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
Adobe is a multinational software company based in the US. The company is committed to powering its operations and the digital delivery of its products entirely with renewable electricity by 2035 as one of five ambitious goals that will contribute to a low-carbon, sustainable future. Learn more
alstria is one of the largest real estate companies in Germany. Having moved towards 100% fossil-free electricity in 2013, the company has a RE100 goal to roll out 100% renewable electricity across its entire portfolio by 2016.
Autodesk is an American multinational software corporation with a RE100 goal to source 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2020.
Aviva is a British multinational insurance company providing savings, retirement, insurance, health and asset management products and services. The business is working to increase the amount of renewable electricity it purchases for its operations globally, and has a RE100 goal to procure 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Biogen is an international biotechnology company based in the United States, developing and delivering innovative therapies for those living with serious neurological, autoimmune and rare diseases. The company has been working for years to drive operational efficiencies and currently buys renewable energy certificates equal to all of its electricity across its value chain. It is now also working to engage its supply chain and source renewable power more directly.
BROAD Group is a Chinese developer of air conditioning units, combined cooling-heating-power projects, fresh air systems, and factory-made sustainable buildings, with products in more than 80 countries. The company has a RE100 commitment to source 100% of all its operations by 2025.
BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and in more than 170 countries worldwide. BT puts sustainability at the heart of their business and has a clear vision for how this will be delivered through its ‘Better Future’ programme.
Coca-Cola Enterprises manufactures, markets and distributes Coca-Cola products in Western Europe. The company has committed to power all of its operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
Commerzbank see climate change as a global challenge and recognize that decisive action from the finance sector is required to address it. They have designed a climate changes strategy that aligns existing activities with their vision for a low carbon future.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company delivering innovative solutions across health, nutrition and materials. The business has an interim RE100 target to source 50% of its total electricity needs from renewables by 2025, increasing to 100% at the earliest subsequent opportunity.
Elion is one of China’s top 100 private enterprises that puts managing natural sources at the heart of its business model.
Elopak is an international supplier of paper based packaging solutions for liquid food, and is the first packaging and first Norwegian company to join RE100. It has a target to use 100% renewable electricity by 2016.
FIA Formula E is the first electric single-seater championship, showcasing that electric vehicles can be fast, fun and safe. Its cars run on 100% renewable power. The success of the championship is helping to change the image of electric vehicles and demonstrate that they are the vehicles of the future.
Based in Switzerland, Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of fragrances and flavours, and the first company of its kind to join RE100. Givaudan already has a vision on how to make a positive difference in the way it sources, innovates, produces and partners. Now, it is exploring ways to source more of its electricity from renewable sources of energy.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. The company recognizes the key role it can play in addressing climate change by deploying capital to low-carbon solutions including renewable energy. It has set a RE100 target of being 100% renewable by 2020.
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google is committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and has an interim target to triple its renewable energy purchasing by 2025.
H&M, the popular swedish fashion retailer, has a commitment to reach 100% renewable wherever possible, with an interim target to achieve 80% in 2015.
Headquartered in the US, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of products that consumers taste, smell, or feel in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, foods and beverages. The company is committed to procure 100% of its electricity from renewable sources in the shortest practical timescale possible and as financially feasible.
Infosys is an Indian multinational corporation that provides business consulting, information technology, software engineering and outsourcing services. It has set a RE100 goal to go 100% by 2018.
Based in the Netherlands, ING is a global financial institution meeting the needs of a broad customer base comprising individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, institutions and governments. ING is currently among leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index ‘Banks industry’ group and is committed to powering all of its operations 100% with renewable electricity by 2020.
Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company, and its mission is to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Recognising the intrinsic link between a healthy environment and human health, the company wants to play its part in addressing climate change and has set a RE100 target to power all of its facilities with renewable energy by 2050.
Building materials company Kingspan aims to run its 80+ global manufacturing facilities on 100% renewable power on an aggregated basis over its estate by 2020. Having already achieved net zero energy at its head office in Ireland in 2012 through the use of solar panels, it is on target to achieve 50% renewable energy use across the Group in 2016. Progress has been achieved through a combination energy efficiency measures, the purchase of renewable energy and the generation of on-site renewable energy through solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, anaerobic digestion and wind energy. The company has ambitious plans for further investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in order to achieve the 2020 target.
KPN is a Dutch landline and mobile telecommunications company that believes switching to renewable energy consumption is one key way to address climate change. All of KPN’s electricity has come from renewable sources of energy since 2013.
La Poste is the leading mail service operating in France, and is also involved in more than 40 countries. The company has the biggest fleet of electric vehicles in the world, and aims to power this and all other operations with 100% renewable energy by 2020.
Land Securities is the largest commercial property development and investment company in the UK. The business is committed to purchasing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources as part of its ambition to be a sustainability leader, recognising the need to transition to a low carbon economy.
Marks and Spencer is a major British multinational retailer and an advocate of effective, proportionate and fair regulation on climate change issues. M&S sources 100% renewable electricity across its operations in UK and ROI.
Mars has made a commitment to conduct business in a way that is good for the company, good for people and good for the planet.
Microsoft, based in the U.S., is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. The company has been 100 percent powered by renewable energy since 2014.
Nestle are committed to climate change leadership and have set targets to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product by 35% since 2005, by 2015. Increasing renewable energy will be used to support this goal.
NIKE, Inc. is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. NIKE, Inc. is committed to reaching 100% renewable energy.
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care, and experience and capabilities to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk has set a RE100 target to source 100% renewable power at all production sites by 2020.
Pearson, the world’s largest education company, provides a range of education products and services that help people everywhere aim higher and fulfil their true potential. The company has been ‘climate neutral’ since 2009, an approach it has renewed and refreshed every subsequent year. As part of that commitment it has a policy to only purchase the electricity it uses in its buildings from renewable sources, something it first achieved in 2012 and has maintained ever since – making it 100% renewable.
Royal Philips is a diversified health and well-being company, operating in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. The company’s philosophy is that “prevention is better than cure”, and it sees renewable energy as an important step in curbing emissions and tackling climate change. Philips has made a commitment to powering 100% of its operations with renewable electricity by 2020.
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Based in the US, the company has a short-term goal to source 30% of its energy from renewable by 2020 with a long-term goal to power its plants with 100% renewable energy.
Belgian telecommunications company Proximus has already met its RE100 goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy – a decision that was taken to support its carbon emission reduction strategy. The switch to renewables is helping the company to work to sustantially reduce its carbon emissions.
RELX Group is a publishing and information company, operating in the science, medical, legal, risk, marketing, financial, and business sectors. The company has set a RE100 goal to source 100% renewable energy by 2020, with an interim target of 50% by 2015.
Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM company, is committed to being a sustainable company and harnessing its culture of innovation to foster a better world. Salesforce is widely recognized for the environmental efficiencies of its multi-tenant technology model, which helps customers reduce emissions by being 95% more carbon efficient than on-premises software. The company sees the development of renewable sources of energy as an important part of its sustainability strategy, and believes the cloud should be powered by clean sources of energy. Salesforce is committed to increasing the percentage of renewable energy powering its global operations and reaching its goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy.
SAP is a multinational enterprise software corporation based in Germany that strives to ‘help the world run better and improve people’s lives through use of their services. The company has already reached its RE100 goal of powering all facilities and data centers by 100% renewable electricity in 2014.
Sarasin is committed to acting in a sustainable way in all areas of their business. This requires embedding sustainable thinking into the corporate culture. Increasing consumption of renewable energy is part of delivering their high level goals on the ground.
SGS is a multinational inspection, testing, verification and certification company that believes they must manage business growth in tandem with environmental, social and economic impacts on society. The company has set a RE100 goal to be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2020.
Starbucks is a global coffee company committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality Arabica coffee. As part of RE100, Starbucks is exploring ways to further increase its use of renewable electricity as part of its global energy mix.
Steelcase is a US based manufacturer and a global leader in its industry. It has a portfolio spanning architecture, furniture and technology products and services. For Steelcase investing in renewable energy means taking steps to recognize its own environmental impacts while helping grow an industry that will ultimately lead to a cleaner energy future. In 2014, the company expanded its renewable energy investments equivalent to 100% of its global electricity consumption.
Swiss Post operates in the communication, logistics, retail financial and passenger transport markets. Sustainability is a core value and a fixed component of the company’s vision and strategy. Swiss Post is opting for technologies based on renewable energies and since 2008, it has obtained 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. Since 2013, Swiss Post covers 100% of its electricity requirements with “naturemade basic” certified renewable energy from Switzerland.
Switzerland-based UBS is a leading global financial services provider with a long track record of addressing environmental and energy challenges, determined to support its clients in preparing for success in an increasingly carbon-constricted world. The company’s RE100 goal is to be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2020, which will reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by 75% by compared with 2004 levels.
Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company that believes sustainability and emission reduction must be achieved in tandem with its brand growth. Already 100% renewable in Europe and the US the company has set an interim target to source 100% of its electricity purchased from the grid from renewables by 2020, with a view to sourcing 100% of its energy from renewables by 2030.
Finnish company Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for chosen weather-related and industrial markets. Vaisala has a RE100 goal to become 100% powered by renewable electricity by 2020.
Voya Financial helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. The company is committed to conducting business in a way that is environmentally and economically responsible, and as part of these efforts, Voya has purchased clean, emission-free wind energy credits equal to 100% of its electricity usage since 2007.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is a global retailer operating 11,532 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. As part of RE100, Wal-Mart is committed to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy. The company aims to produce or procure 7,000 GWh of renewable energy globally by the end of 2020.
YOOX Group S.p.A is an Italian internet mail order retailer of multibrand clothing and accessories. The group has set a RE100 goal to obtain 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2020.
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