15th September 2017

RE100 campaign signs up more global brands

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Kellogg and Estée Lauder are among the latest companies to have joined the RE100 campaign, which commits them to sourcing 100 per cent of electricity from renewable sources across their global operations.

The Climate Group revealed the latest signatories ahead of New York Climate Week, which starts on Monday.

The 106 members of the RE100 have now taken total demand for renewable electricity to around 150 TWh annually, more than enough to power New York State.

Helen Clarkson, chief executive officer, The Climate Group, said: “By joining our campaigns, corporates like the Estée Lauder Companies, Kellogg, DBS Bank and Clif Bar are demonstrating the highest level of commitment to climate action and setting an example at Climate Week NYC.

“But they’re not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts – renewable power makes business sense, and corporate leadership is absolutely key to delivering on the Paris Agreement at speed.”

Estée Lauder has joined RE100 with a commitment to source 100 per cent of its global electricity consumption from renewable energy technologies by 2020. The company powered its operations with 45 per cent renewable electricity in 2016.

Nancy Mahon, a senior vice-president at Estée Lauder, said: “By joining RE100, we are committing to sourcing 100 per cent of our global electricity consumption from renewable energy technologies by 2020. We look forward to partnering with RE100 as we work together to protect our planet and ensure a healthier world for generations to come.”

Kellogg has joined RE100 with the target of achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2050, aligned with its commitment to reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions by 65 per cent.

Diane Holdorf, chief sustainability officer, Kellogg Company, said: “As one of the first ten companies to have approved science-based greenhouse gas emissions targets in 2015, we’ve already invested in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies. Going 100 per cent renewable is the obvious next step; lowering business risk, generating financial savings, and helping other companies make the switch as well.”

Further corporate commitments to RE100 are expected during Climate Week NYC.