Nike, Inc. has made an RE100 commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2025. Here, Hannah Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer & VP, Innovation Accelerator explains what is driving the company to be ‘100% renewable’ – and what the benefits will be.
What are your motivations for becoming 100% powered by renewables?
We know that the effects of climate change have an impact on the athletes we serve and can pose challenges to our business. Actively moving toward 100% renewable energy will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it will also enable Nike to pursue a reliable, stable energy supply and allow us to continue to grow our business without relying on resources that are becoming increasingly scarce. We believe that advancing the use of renewable energy and driving energy efficiency across our supply chain makes sense for our business, for athletes and for the future of sport.
Why do you think RE100 is a good initiative to join?
Like many other companies, we recognize that climate change presents new challenges to business and also offers new opportunities to build resilience in our supply chain, reduce costs and innovate new operating models. We know that this work often depends on solving problems that are much larger than any individual company can tackle on its own. Collaborating with other organizations and joining initiatives like RE100 can only help to accelerate our collective goal of reaching a clean energy future.
What are your renewable energy achievements so far?
Nike already sources renewable energy through on-site generation at some of our largest facilities including the company’s European Logistics Campus in Belgium and the China Logistics Center in Taicang.
We also recognize that our impacts go beyond our own operations, and for more than a decade Nike has worked to address energy use in areas outside of our direct control, including our contracted factories. For example, we proactively support and encourage our contracted factories’ use of clean-energy solutions, and we have invested in efforts to identify future local clean energy supply opportunities for our contract factories.
What plans are there for increasing your use of renewable electricity?
NIKE, Inc. is committed to reaching 100% renewable energy for owned or operated facilities by 2025. To add to our portfolio of facilities that already source renewable energy, we are actively exploring advancing on-site generation at additional owned or operated facilities. Additionally, to supplement on-site generation, we will look to procure off-site renewable energy. This will include owned or operated facilities where Nike is able to make energy purchasing decisions.
Why do you think it is important for companies to play a role in accelerating demand for renewable electricity?
Climate change is a global issue that requires global solutions. We believe that collaboration among businesses is necessary to bring together capabilities, resources, insights and political will needed to develop solutions and bring them to scale. Additionally, we believe businesses should have a voice in shaping meaningful policy frameworks that inspire innovation.
What else is Nike doing to reduce climate impact?
In addition to our commitment to reaching 100% renewable energy and our work to advance energy efficiency within our supply chain, we are taking action where we can have the most influence. Growing, creating and processing the raw materials that go into our products is the greatest environmental impact across Nike’s value chain, including a significant percentage of energy use and CO2 emissions. We are focused on driving innovation in materials, including developing new products, new materials and new manufacturing processes that not only reduce our environmental impact, but also set a standard for high product performance while driving growth.
Last updated: September 2015