Vodafone has become the latest corporate to join The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity for its operations by 2025. The London-based telecoms company currently powers 13% of its operations from renewable energy sources – a figure that will be increased by signing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), purchasing renewable energy certificates and developing onsite renewables systems at its technology centres. The Climate Group’s head of RE100, Sam Kimmins said: “I’m delighted to welcome Vodafone Group to RE100. 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.” More than 100 companies have joined the RE100 initiative since its launch in 2014, including insurance firm AXA, fashion brand Burberry and beverage giant Carlsberg. The members are estimated to be creating 146TWh of demand for renewable electricity annually – similar to the electricity consumption of Poland. The biggest electricity user to have signed up is Walmart, with coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel coming in at a close second, and The Climate Group is now aiming for 500 RE100 members by 2020.
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