Vestas has become the latest high profile name to officially join the RE100 initiative, after reiterating its commitment to sourcing 100 per cent renewable power as its turbine manufacturing operations expand.
The wind turbine giant already sources all its power from renewables, but said it wanted to join the international group to help support its wider mission to encourage more firms to set and meet renewable power targets.
Launched by The Climate Group, We Mean Business coalition of green business groups, and CDP back in 2014, RE100 has seen over 110 multinational firms set target dates for sourcing 100 per cent renewable power.
“The private sector is increasingly committed to meeting the challenges of climate change through the use of renewable energy, and so is Vestas,” said Morten Dyrholm, Vestas Group senior vice president of marketing, communications and public affairs. “RE100 underlines our joint efforts to make renewable energy an easy choice for companies, because it’s the right thing to do for the planet, and because it makes economic sense.”
Specifically, the company said working with RE100 would support its efforts to promote and develop a policy framework for power purchase agreements that make it easier for companies to source clean power and for renewables to grow their share of the energy mix.
Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 at The Climate Group, welcomed Vestas’ signing up to the initiative.
“Vestas is already using 100 per cent renewable electricity across its own operations to create wind power infrastructure,” he said “Now the company is furthering that leadership by joining RE100, and calling for important policy changes that will enable more companies to plug into renewables too.”