RE100 is a global initiative of over 150 influential corporates committed to 100% renewable electricity. Major businesses can join the RE100 initiative organised by The Climate Group and CDP. RE100 companies make a commitment to go ‘100% renewable’ and set a public goal to procure 100% of their electricity from renewable sources by a specified year, but their strategies vary in how they plan to reach their targets.
Some companies are in position to take a long-term industrial approach and provide capital and resources to build new off-site generation. Others are looking for long-term price hedging and opt for signing PPAs from renewable power plants. Regardless of the chosen solution, Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) must be cancelled to back up the renewable consumption claims. For most companies buying unbundled EACs is the only available and accessible solution to reach the renewable goals. Global EAC solutions for renewable claims globally are primarily; Guarantees of Origin (GOs) in Europe, RECs in North America and International RECs (I-RECs) in a growing number of countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
RE100 is working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.
The RE100 members, including 30 Global Fortune 500 companies, have a total revenue of >$2.75 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors – from IT to automobile manufacturing. The companies are creating demand for over 180 TWh of renewable electricity annually. If RE100 was a country it would be a large country in the world in terms of electricity demand.
The member companies disclose their environmental data annually through CDP and RE100. The emissions associated with purchased electricity are categorized as “Scope 2” in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. RE100 published a technical briefing, showing companies how to accurately describe their usage and procurement of renewable electricity.
RE100 members commit to renewable electricity in own operations, but a chain reaction is expected as the RE100 members start to push their ambitions further, raising the bar for their suppliers by encouraging them to set the same ambitious renewable targets.
Companies increasingly purchase renewable electricity to claim the use of zero-emissions electricity and thereby reduce their carbon footprint.
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