Two major multi-national companies have joined the RE100 group, and are committing to a full clean-energy transition. Led by The Climate Group, in partnership with CDP, RE100 brings together major companies around the world committed to 100% renewable electricity.
U.K.-based Vodafone Group PLC, one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, has committed to purchasing 100% of the electricity it uses from renewable sources by 2025. Also, U.S. data company, Iron Mountain, has pledged to source all of its electricity from renewables.
William L. Meaney, president and chief executive officer at Iron Mountain, said: “In making these commitments…we are setting aggressive public goals with the endorsement of well-respected non-profit organizations, accelerating our efforts to foster strong economic growth while operating as a responsible, ethical and sustainable company.”
Iron Mountain has managed to increase its renewable consumption from 1% in 2015 to 30% in 2017.
Vodafone’s operations are currently powered by 13% renewables, meaning its target to source 100% by 2025 will require a significant shift to clean energy, says RE100. To reach its goal, the company will look to sign power purchase agreements – in turn, supporting the growth of renewable energy markets across the globe. Beyond this, Vodafone aims to develop on-site renewable systems across its technology centers and base station sites and purchase renewable energy certificates.
“I’m delighted to welcome Vodafone Group to RE100,” said Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 for the The Climate Group. “Setting a target to source 100% renewable power by 2025 demonstrates real leadership and a commitment to be a driving force in the clean-energy transition.”