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

18 December 2017, 0:00 GMT 3 min read

Schneider Electric joins RE100 ahead of One Planet Summit

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

RE100 members call for supportive EU policy

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

Google goes 100% renewable

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

RE100 - BRC wind consortium webinar

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

Peer-to-peer learning with Infosys

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

Dates for your diaries

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

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

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

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

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

And finally...

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