RE100 welcomes new joiners
Already sourcing 100% renewable electricity, the Danish wind turbine company, Vestas, has joined RE100 to help bring about a policy framework that will allow more renewables in the energy mix in future. Also joining us this month is one of Japan’s largest housebuilders, Sekisui House, a leading supplier of zero energy houses. The company has pledged to go 100% renewable by 2040, with an interim goal of 50% by 2030.
Getting heard in Brussels
As part of our ongoing work to influence EU energy policy, we chaired a breakfast meeting in Brussels to highlight the role of corporate sourcing of renewables in opening up markets. We brought together MEPs Blanco López, Sean Kelly and Claude Turmes, and Signe Vikær Leth Olsen, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the EU, as well as RE100 members Apple, IKEA Group, Google, H&M, Microsoft and Procter & Gamble. Later, The Climate Group’s Head of RE100 Sam Kimmins spoke alongside key stakeholders from the Commission and Parliament at a Euractiv panel hosted by Microsoft.
At RE-Source 2017, organised by Solar Power Europe and Wind Europe, we connected our members with renewable energy sellers. Joan MacNaughton, Chair of the Board, The Climate Group, championed the success of RE100. Click here to view the presentations using the password RESOURCE2017. We also held a RE100 peer-learning session for members, in which BT Group and IKEA shared experiences of engaging their suppliers on renewables – the focus of a forthcoming RE100 briefing.
Sharing the business case
Our thanks go to DBS Bank, Mars, Inc. and IKEA for writing about the benefits of renewable power and urging others to act. IKEA highlighted its founding role in both RE100, and in EV100, The Climate Group’s corporate leadership campaign on electric transport.
RE100 knowledge sharing
Abhav Pathak, Head of Sustainability, Tata Motors joined a RE100 webinar to share the company’s experiences of transitioning its Dharwad plant in India to renewable energy.
We also partnered with Gold Standard to show members how they can demonstrate that their renewable power purchases make a direct contribution to the clean energy transition by adding new renewable capacity to the grid. Tetra Pak and CDP were featured speakers.
Dates for your diaries
November 6-17, 2017: UNFCCC COP 23, Bonn, Germany – The Climate Group is facilitating high level speaking slots for RE100 members on Energy Day (10 November) and Industry Day (12 November). In addition, following the aforementioned recent RE100 webinar with Gold Standard, CDP is running a side event at the IRENA Pavilion (14 November), to showcase the advantages of its new energy label.
November 9, 2017: Business Green Leaders Summit, London, UK – The Climate Group’s Corporate Partnership’s Director Mike Peirce will be moderating a roundtable workshop answering questions such as ‘Is 100% renewable energy a commercially viable option?’ and ‘How do you build a robust business case?’.
December 7, 2017 RE100-BRC webinar: the Dutch wind consortium – Four RE100 and BRC members, AkzoNobel, Royal DSM, Google and Royal Philips, have set up consortium in the Netherlands to jointly sign power purchase agreements with large wind projects. Speakers will share their story and tip for executing successful aggregation deals.