2019 is keeping us busy. We welcomed five more companies to RE100 in the last month, presented the business case for renewables at a preliminary G20 meeting, and showcased corporate leadership at GreenBiz 19. The RE100 reporting cycle will begin at the start of April to track members' journeys towards their targets. Our annual report later this year will highlight progress and impact.
Five new companies join RE100
3M Company, Daito Trust Construction, Konica Minolta, Lloyds Banking Group and Nomura Research Institute have all committed to 100% renewable power, representing a combined electricity consumption of more than 4 TWh.
Presenting the case for renewables to the G20
The Climate Group presented RE100 and the business case for renewable electricity to national leaders at the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group in Japan, ahead of the G20 Summit, June 2019. We also met with our Japanese members, discussing how to overcome barriers to renewables sourcing in Japan.
The RE-Source Platform Steering Group has agreed its workplan for the next two years, focusing on developing EU Country Hubs to coordinate policy activities, raise awareness, and provide strong support for corporate sourcing across member states. More information will follow soon.
Corporate leadership from the US to Poland
Clif Bar, Facebook, HP Inc., and Iron Mountain, explained why setting 100% targets makes business sense at our panel session at GreenBiz 19 in Phoenix, Arizona.Our members also attended a Pexapark workshop on power purchase agreements in Poland, supported by RE100 as part of the RE-Source Platform workplan.
We held a webinar with Microsoft on Corporate Renewable Energy in Ireland and a webinar co-developed with WWF on Strategies for Supply Chain Engagement on Renewable Energy in China.
Holistic climate action at its finest - The Climate Group went on a tour of IKEA's new Greenwich store and wrote a blog about it.
SAVE THE DATE
Climate Week NYC will this year take place September 23-29, 2019. Run in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC continues to grow as the time and place for the world to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. Information on our annual members event will soon follow.
AB InBev's Budweiser put 100% renewable power at the heart of its Super Bowl commercial. General Motors announced a new agreement to purchase wind energy in Michigan, US. Google signs its first renewable electricity contract in Asia for a 10 MW solar plant in Taiwan. IKEA Group announced investment of more than EUR 2 billion in German offshore wind. Nike signed its first European renewable electricity deal for 40 MW of wind power in Spain. Vail Resorts announced new wind energy contracts alongside other sustainability programs. Wells Fargo was recognised as a top green power user by the U.S. EPA.
To find out about our events and webinars, go to www.there100.org/events.