M&S joins RE100 campaign to be powered by 100% renewable energy

21 May 2015

The Climate Group and CDP today announced that one of the world’s leading retailers has joined RE100, a global initiative supporting major companies committing to 100% renewable power.  

Marks and Spencer (M&S), a retailer of food, clothing and home products listed on the London Stock Exchange with over 1,300 stores worldwide, joins 18 other leading businesses from around the world taking part in the RE100 initiative.

Since the launch of its ethical and environmental ‘Plan A’ in 2007, M&S has lowered its carbon emissions by 19% and has become carbon neutral across its worldwide operations. It has a target to improve its UK and ROI energy efficiency by 50% by 2020 and to source 50% of its gas from certified green bio-methane sources

Now it will take part in RE100, as it continues to procure a 100% renewable green tariff electricity in the UK and ROI.

Speaking about the decision to join RE100, Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business Plan A at Marks & Spencer said, “Tackling climate change is critical for our business, and for all businesses. We developed Plan A with this in mind – which includes a commitment to sourcing 100 per cent of our directly procured UK and ROI electricity from renewable sources. Joining RE100 gives us an opportunity to share what we have learned and encourage other businesses to switch to renewable energy.”

Today’s move comes as Mr Barry speaks to global business leaders gathering at the Business & Climate Summit, the principal event of Climate Week Paris.

Earlier this week consumer goods company Unilever and India’s largest Informational Technology firm Infosys also made RE100 commitments to using 100 per cent renewable power.

 

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Video: Interview with Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer

Media Contacts

Marie Reynolds, RE100 Communications Manager, The Climate Group

T: 020 7960 2991 - MReynolds@theclimategroup.org;

 

Daniel Himsworth, Marks & Spencer Press Office

T: 020 8718 1618 - daniel.himsworth@marks-and-spencer.com

 

About M&S

Marks & Spencer is an international, multi-channel retailer selling high quality, great value clothing and home products and outstanding quality food. 23.6 million customers visit M&S stores and M&S.com every week and the company employs 82,000 people across the globe. M&S was founded 131 years ago and has 850 UK stores and 480 international stores and nine dedicated international websites in over 50 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information please visit www.marksandspencer.com/corporate.

As part of its zero carbon journey, in March 2015 Marks & Spencer completed the installation of the UK’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington, which will lower M&S’s carbon footprint by 48,000 tonnes over 20 years.

 

About RE100

RE100 is a global initiative that supports major companies committed to 100% renewable power across their operations. Its goal is that 100 of the world’s most influential businesses commit to 100% renewable power within a specified timeline.

Led by The Climate Group, in partnership with CDP, with the support of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), RE100 shares the compelling business case for renewable power, addresses barriers to wide-scale adoption, develops transparent reporting mechanisms, and identifies the necessary regulatory reforms.

By massively increasing private sector demand for renewable power, RE100 will accelerate the transformation of the global energy market, thus enabling the transition to a prosperous low carbon future.

19 of the world’s most influential companies have now joined RE100 and made a public commitment to going 100% renewable:  BT Group, Commerzbank, Elion Resources Group, Formula E, H&M, Infosys, IKEA, KPN, Mars, M&S, Nestlé, Philips, Reed Elsevier Group, J. Safra Sarasin Bank, SAP, SGS, Swiss Re, Unilever, YOOX Group.

RE100 was launched at Climate Week NYC on September 22, 2014. RE100 is an action of the We Mean Business coalition.

 

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. Our goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. We believe this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology. We work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide.

Since 2009, The Climate Group has been the convenor of Climate Week NYC, an annual international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on bold climate action and low carbon leadership. In September 2014, Climate Week NYC hosted 150 events as the collaborative space in support of the UN Climate Summit.

The Climate Group has offices in Greater China, North America, India and Europe.

Please visit www.theclimategroup.org

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