Tetra Pak, Vernon Hills, Ill., now obtains half of its global electricity supply from renewable sources, putting the company on course to meet its RE100 commitment of using only renewable electricity across all global operations by 2030.
In the past two years alone, the company’s use of renewable electricity has increased by a factor of 2.5, up from 20% in 2016. This has been achieved through a combination of initiatives, including the purchase of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) and solar power installations at its own facilities.
“Using renewable energy is an important part of our journey to reduce the carbon impact of our own operations and to help tackle climate change,” says Mario Abreu, vice president sustainability. “Through the purchase of renewable energy certificates, we are investing in the development of infrastructure to increase the availability of renewable electricity. Meanwhile, we are also exploring opportunities to scale up our own on-site solar power installations.”
Tetra Pak’s factories in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and South Africa use electricity from 100% renewable sources, and 17 of its major sites now run exclusively on renewable electricity.
RE100 is a global collaborative business initiative led by The Climate Group, New York, in partnership with CDP, UK, to drive demand for, and delivery of, renewable power.