More companies than ever committed to ambitious climate action at Climate Week NYC

24 September 2019
  • Almost 300 multinational businesses with a combined revenue of US$5.5 trillion now driving climate action on renewable power, electric transport, and smarter energy use in more than 140 markets worldwide;  
  • Climate Week NYC sees biggest year yet with 20+ new signatures to international non-profit The Climate Group’s corporate leadership initiatives RE100, EV100 and EP100;  
  • Ambitious new commitments include Deutsche Telekom targeting 100% renewable electricity by 2021; Bounce switching 11,000 vehicles plus projected fleet growth to electric (totalling 2 million vehicles by 2030);  
  • But a vast global scale-up still needed – The Climate Group calls on thousands of major businesses around the world to get ready for the ‘Climate Decade’.

NEW YORK CITY: Climate Week NYC is witnessing its busiest year yet for ambitious corporate action with 20+ new commitments on cleaner, smarter energy, The Climate Group has revealed – but a vast global scale-up is still needed to deliver on the Paris Agreement and limit a global temperature rise to 1.5˚C.

Almost 300 multinationals across every major sector are now committed to action, representing US$5.5 trillion in combined revenue, with operations in more than 140 markets and more than 16 million employees – almost double the workforce of New York State.

Committing to 100% renewable electricity today

US retail giant Target Corporation, Europe’s biggest telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom, Japanese department store chain Takashimaya, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) are committing to source 100% renewable electricity as part of the RE100 initiative, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

Also signing up today are leading global outdoor advertising company JCDecaux, global professional services company Accenture, US heating and ventilation technology company Trane, and the world’s largest solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar – headquartered in China. They follow hot on the heels of the Canadian athletic apparel company lululemon, which joined RE100 on Friday.

Marking five years since The Climate Group launched RE100 at Climate Week NYC 2014, today’s pledges see the award-winning initiative surpass a 200-member milestone, driving 220 TWh of renewable electricity demand – almost enough to power Indonesia. By delivering on their goals, member companies are set to save the equivalent annual CO2 emissions of 27 US coal fired power stations.

Electrifying corporate fleets and installing charging infrastructure today

US companies Genentech and VMware, and Indian scooter-hire company Bounce are joining EV100 – The Climate Group’s drive to make electric vehicles (EVs) ‘the new normal’ by 2030 – transitioning their fleets and installing charge points for customers and/or employees.

Takashimaya is also making the commitment, alongside Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, and the first Spanish EV100 member, the utility Iberdrola.

Committing to smarter energy use today

Demonstrating potential for reducing energy demand across the built environment, US real estate investment trust Vornado Realty Trust, property company JLL UK Ltd., British architects Bennetts Associates, global sustainable building materials company Kingspan, and the global construction company Multiplex are all joining EP100 – an energy productivity initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy.

They are joining through World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment – one of three EP100 commitment pathways.

Trane and Jinko Solar are also among those joining EP100, and Jinko Solar will take part in the new EP100 Cooling Challenge.

Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, said, “It’s incredibly exciting to convene so many companies leading by example on cleaner energy and transport this Climate Week NYC. From the US and Europe to India and Japan, ambitious business action is starting to accelerate market change around the world.

“Supportive policies are important, but the business case is clear, and Chief Financial Officers everywhere must ready themselves for this, the Climate Decade. The private sector has a vital role to play in halving global emissions by 2030 – we won’t stop pushing until thousands of companies are moving forward at pace.”

Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council commented: "The building and construction sector is stepping up to take climate action. The World Green Building Council global network is helping more and more business leaders and cities on the pathway to a net zero carbon future through our Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. I’m delighted to welcome the new corporate signatories who are leading the way to transform the built environment to make healthier and more sustainable."

Commitment detail and quotes

RE100

Target will source 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations – including more than 1,800 stores, dozens of warehouses and global offices – by 2030, with the interim goal of reaching 60% by 2025. The company is investing in projects that produce electricity through renewable resources, like solar and wind, and is on its way to installing 500 rooftop solar panels by 2020. These efforts will help Target to meet its broader climate goals and deliver on its commitment to creating a more sustainable future.

John Leisen, Vice President, Property Management, Target, said, “Target puts the needs of people, communities and the planet at the center of everything we do, to help create a better tomorrow. Our climate and energy goals are important initiatives to help deliver on that promise. At Target, we’re committed to operating all our facilities with 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and are thrilled to be joining RE100 in recognition of that commitment.”

One of the largest banks in Australia, ANZ has made an ambitious commitment to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The bank is driven by its broader sustainability strategy and in part by the actions and growing expectations of its customers as they seek to manage energy price volatility. In 2017, ANZ joined a collective to source renewables via joint power purchase agreement (PPA) in Victoria. Future plans include signing additional PPAs for wind and solar energy (partnering with customers where possible), and increasing installations of onsite solar panels. The priority will be Australia and New Zealand – its largest footprint – followed by the rest of its operations.

Kate Langan, Group GM Property, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, said, “We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint in line with our focus on environmental sustainability. Moving to 100% renewable energy for our electricity by 2025 not only makes good business sense, it is good for the planet and reflects our ongoing support for the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.”

EV100

Over the last decade, US biotechnology company Genentech has worked to drive down emissions from employee commutes and its sales fleet through commuter buses, incentives for public transportation, carpools, vanpools, biking and walking. It began installing charge points six years ago, and already has four electric double-decker buses and six electric single decker buses. The company has also started to add EVs and plug-in hybrids to its sales fleet, and has now committed to converting 1,300 vehicles by 2030, with charge points at five manufacturing and distribution sites.

Carla Boragno, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Engineering and Facilities, Pharma Technical Operations, Genentech and Roche, said: “As a healthcare company, we are dedicated to improving people's lives. Climate change presents a clear threat to human health and wellbeing, which is why we are proud to support the work of EV100. We know focusing on emissions reduction efforts will result in a healthier world for all. Transitioning to electric vehicles not only supports our climate mitigation efforts, it also improves local air quality and reduces public health impacts arising from air pollution.”

Novo Nordisk currently has approximately 8,000 company cars, which are primarily leased for its global sales force. With these vehicles accounting for over 20% of its global emissions, the pharmaceutical company is working to achieve zero emissions from its operations and transportation by 2030.

Camilla Sylvest, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Strategy & Corporate Affairs, Novo Nordisk, said, “We are committed to achieving zero emissions from our operations and transportation by 2030. While we have made significant progress on the former, our emissions from company cars and business flights are still higher than total emissions from global production. The infrastructure does not yet exist in many locations to support the transition to electric vehicles. Therefore, we have joined EV100 to help encourage governments to support the transition to a more electrified transportation sector and work with other industry stakeholders to share best practices.”

RE100 and EV100

Japanese department store chain operator Takashimaya is targeting 100% renewable electricity globally by 2050, including through solar power and biomass. The company will also transition its entire vehicle fleet to electric and install customer charge points at all stores in Japan, plus stores in China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by 2030 (where possible). Eventually, all of its charge points will provide renewable electricity.

RE100 and EP100

JinkoSolar, a world leading solar manufacturer in China, pledges to lead by example by powering its own operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. It will use solar energy generated by sister company JinkoPower, install solar panels on all existing factory rooftops, and build new factories in regions with access to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro. The company will also encourage its suppliers to source renewable electricity. At the same time, JinkoSolar will deploy an energy management system by 2030 and improve its energy productivity by 30% by 2025 against a 2016 baseline. To progress toward this goal, the company has signed up to the EP100 Cooling Challenge to increase the energy efficiency of its cooling operations.

Kangping Chen, CEO, JinkoSolar, said, “At JinkoSolar, we care as much about the sustainability of our products as we do the way we build them. Going green is our business, from the inside out, and we’re thrilled to be the world’s first solar manufacturer to be a member of RE100 and EP100 simultaneously. It makes business sense to save energy and switch to renewables. Being a responsible corporate citizen is more than just good business practice – it helps make society more sustainable and healthy.”

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Notes to editor

  1. Full list of new corporate commitments

RE100

Accenture – 100% by 2023 ANZ – 100% by 2025 Deutsche Telekom – 100% by 2021; JCDecaux – 100% by 2022; JinkoSolar – 100% by 2025 (70% by 2023), also joining EP100; lululemon – 100% by 2021 Takashimaya – 100% by 2050, also joining EV100; Target Corporation – 100% by 2030 (60% by 2025); Trane – 100% by 2040 (60% by 2030), also joining EP100.

EV100

Bounce – 11,000 two-wheeled vehicles on the roads today, targeting a 100% electric fleet of up to 2 million vehicles by 2030; Genentech – >1,500 vehicles and charge points at five manufacturing and distribution sites by 2030; Iberdrola – > 3,500 vehicles by 2030, plus workplace charging at more than 20 office locations; Novo Nordisk - 8,000 vehicles by 2030, already a member of RE100; Takashimaya – 425 vehicles and customer charge points at all 19 stores in Japan, plus stores in China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by 2030 (where possible); VMware – supporting EV uptake by staff (charging at all relevant premises), already a member of RE100. To date, the company has 91 charge points at its headquarter campus and 37 electric cabs in India.

EP100 (three commitment pathways)

Doubling energy productivity

Trane – doubling its energy productivity by 2035 from 2013 baseline;  

Rolling out an energy management system (EnMS)

JinkoSolar – rolling out an energy management system (EnMS) – ISO 50001 – by 2030, and a 30% energy productivity improvement by 2025 against a 2016 baseline; Vornado Realty Trust – implementing an EnMS in each of its facilities, and a 35% energy productivity improvement by 2026 against a 2009 baseline. Owning, occupying and developing net zero carbon buildings

Bennetts Associates – occupying net zero carbon buildings by 2030; JLL UK Ltd. – occupying net zero carbon buildings by 2030 across its UK operations; Kingspan – net positive energy and carbon buildings portfolio, including manufacturing, by 2030; Multiplex – owning and occupying net zero carbon buildings by 2030.

  1. According to official data, New York State has 8.3 million employees.  
  2. At Step Up: The Business Case For Greater Government Ambition, The Climate Group’s flagship business event for Climate Week NYC on Wednesday, September 25, leading companies will highlight the progress they are making across renewable power, electric transport and energy productivity, looking to national governments to step up their own ambition to set the global direction for delivering a clean economy.  
  3. Sunday (September 22) saw the announcement of more companies committed to setting climate targets across their operations and value chains aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5˚C and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. RE100, EV100 and EP100 are practical steps companies can take towards these goals.
  1. Last Friday (September 20), The Climate Group released survey results showing nearly two-thirds (64%) of Gen Z Americans want to work for employers committed to tackling climate change.
  1. Last week, RE100 members Unilever, Dentsu Aegis Network, Ingka Group (formerly IKEA) and Google announced major progress announcements on renewable electricity.
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