Wind, solar and biomass. These renewable energy sources won’t run out and don’t have the global-warming effects of fossil fuels. That’s why, as we work to make our business climate neutral, we’ll be switching to these planet-friendly natural resources across our operations by the end of this decade.
We estimate this will help us prevent 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year (compared to the base figure when we started our climate journey in 2005). That’s the same as taking 300,000 fossil fuel cars off the road.
This action will mean sourcing renewable energy in two ways: by purchasing it from third parties and producing it ourselves. And we’re already well on our way, with 50% of our energy in operations coming from renewable sources by the end of 2020.
For example, in 2019, 26 of our manufacturing sites and several offices in Europe, North America and Brazil procured 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. By the end of 2019, over 45% of our total energy purchased was already from renewable sources.
Ten factories across Australia, China, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Sweden are also already generating a proportion of their own electricity through solar photovoltaic systems – most commonly known as ‘solar panels’. The new solar panel system at our Adelaide factory for example now generates around 3,500 MWh and will offset approximately 2,500 metric tons of CO2 every year over its lifetime. We’ll continue to roll out solar panels across our sites.
Renewable energy. The way to power our future while protecting the planet.