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Tobacco Giant PMI Aiming for 2030 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
Philip Morris Int'l.
Date: 2019-10-11
Lausanne, Switzerland-based diversified international tobacco industry giant Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) reports it aims to have all of its manufacturing facilities worldwide become carbon neutral by 2030.

At its first carbon neutral plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, PMI implemented multiple projects to optimize its energy usage and reduce carbon emissions: upgrading utilities equipment, such as chillers and compressors, and facilitating heat recovery to optimize fuel use for heating purposes; installing a biomass boiler; procuring certified renewable electricity and offsetting natural gas carbon emissions with biogas certificates. To offset the remaining carbon emissions, PMI invested in Gold Standard certificates from climate protection initiatives.

PMI is also pursuing initiatives to address the pressing climate challenge beyond its operations. For example, it is working with farmers and suppliers across its tobacco supply chain to lower the greenhouse gas emissions in the tobacco curing process by 70 percent by 2020 (vs. 2010) and to achieve zero-net deforestation of natural forest by 2025. PMI has also set and committed to science-based targets -- greenhouse gas emissions levels that science acknowledges as tolerable for the planet -- and to go beyond these in its operations by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

Among its diversified portfolio, Philip Morris purchased General Foods Corp. in 1985 for $5.7 billion and Kraft Inc. in 1989 for $13 billion. Despite its move into foods, Philip Morris' tobacco business reportedly still accounts for 65 pct of its operating profit and 40 pct of its operating revenue.(Source: Philip Morris International, PR, 10 Oct., 2019} Contact: Philip Morris Int'l., Huub Savelkouls , Chief Sustainability Officer, +41 (0)58 242 5502, www.pmi.com/sustainability, www.pmi.com, www.pmiscience.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon-Neutral,  


Schneider Pursuing, Delivering Net-Zero CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-10-07
Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports 13 of its buildings globally are now "net-zero carbon" -- carbon neutral through a combination of its Energy Sustainability Services (ESS, )EcoStruxure and digital energy management solutions as enablers to operate with net- zero CO2 emissions.

Schneider Electric aims to drastically cut CO2 emissions from its operations, following a 1.5 degree C trajectory in line with Science-Based Targets. To that end, Schneider Electric reduced CO2 emissions by 130,000 tonnes, a 22 pct decrease (2018 compared to 2017) in just one year.

Schneider Electric has adopted the World Green Building Council's definition of "net-zero carbon buildings" as a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

Schneider Electric has delivered over 30 pct energy savings globally over the past 10 years since the start of its Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program. In addition, as of October 2019, 45 pct of Schneider Electric's operations are powered with renewable electricity. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltimum, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Schneider Electric,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Tesco, SEEIT Ink Rooftop Solar INstallation, PPA (Int'l Report)
Tesco
Date: 2019-06-21
In the UK, SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) reports it will install 5 MW of rooftop solar at retail grocery chain Tesco stores across the country.

Under the deal, SEEIT will install, own, and operate up to 5MW of new rooftop solar capacity at Tesco buildings across the UK, with the retailer drawing down the power via a PPA for each site. Renewables developer Kingspan will collaborate on financing, building and operating the sites. Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed.

Tesco is targeting a switch to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, as part of its Science-Based Target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: TESCO, BusinessGreen, 20 June, 2019) Contact: SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust, Jonathan Maxwell, CEO, www.sdcleeit.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Solar,  


HP Targeting 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
HP,Science-Based Target
Date: 2019-06-21
In its latest Sustainable Impact Report, San Jose, California-headquartered computing and business machine giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced a portfolio of environmental pledges.

By 2035 all of HP's global operations will be powered by 100 pct renewable electricity and the amount of recycled plastics used in HP personal computers and printers will hit 30 pct by 2025, according to the report. HP also says its sustainable impact programmes drove almost $1 billion of new revenue in 2018 -- up 35 pct on 2017. In addition, HP noted that it has an approved Science-Based Target (SBT) in place to cut its direct GHG emissions 25 pct by 2025, against a 2015 baseline, alongside a goal to cut emissions associated with the use of its products by a quarter by 2020. The company also plans to cut its supply chain emissions by 10 pct by 2025, against a base year of 2015. (Source: HP, BusinessGreen, 15 June, 2019) Dion Weisler, HP's president and CEO www.hpe.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy,  Science-Based Target ,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Brewer Touts Science-Based Efficiency, Climate Targets (Ind. Report)
Molson Coors,Science Based Targets Initiative
Date: 2018-07-16
Denver-headquartered beer conglomerate Molson Coors Brewing Company is touting its just released Beer Print Report 2018, detailing the company's progress toward its 2017 sustainability targets and its commitment to setting science-based targets.

Science-based targets provide a path forward for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will meaningfully help keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees C, compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Molson Coors plans to cut its absolute carbon emissions by 50 pct within its own operations and by 20 pct across its value chain by 2025, and has submitted its plan for official review by the Science Based Targets Initiative. (Source: Molson Coors, PR, BevNet, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Molson Coors, www.millercoors.com; Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Climate Change,  


SBTi Approves IKEA's 80 pct Emissions Cutting Target (Ind. Report)
Science-Based Targets Initiative
Date: 2018-06-15
One of the world's largest home furnishings retailer, the Ikea Group , reports it aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its 363 stores in 29 markets as well as its supply and value chains by 80 pct by 2030 against a 2016 baseline, as approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

The new plan for 2030 additionally sets targets of slashing GHG emissions from customer and employee travel and customer deliveries in half, while achieving a minimum 15 pct reduction in absolute terms across the Group's value chain. In a statement, the company added that if the targets are met, they will represent a 70 pct reduced carbon footprint on the average product. (Source: IKEA, edie newsroom, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Ikea Group, Pia Heidenmark-Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.ikea.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Science-Based Targets Initiative,  


Target Touts 100 pct Renewable Energy Target (Ind. Report)
Target
Date: 2017-10-23
American Big Bax retailer Target is touting a new climate policy and goals based on the Science-Based Targets initiative -- a commitment to source 100 pct renewable energy for all their domestic operations.

Target's initiative is focused on: increasing adoption of renewable energy operations wide; driving energy and water efficiency; investing in innovations supporting the transition to a lower-carbon transportation system; considering climate impacts in raw materials sourcing, particularly the impacts of land use change, and designing plans to mitigate those impacts; and supporting communities most heavily impacted by climate change and building their resilience to climate change impacts like extreme weather events (Source: Target, CleanTechnica, Others, 19 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Carbon Enissions,  Climate Change,  


Landsec Touts Science-Based Carbon, Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
Landsec
Date: 2017-10-11
In London, the UK's largest commercial property company Landsec, with a portfolio of assets, including shopping centres and offices valued at £14.4 billion, reports that rather than making incremental improvements in the operational energy efficiency of each of its 120 assets, it is adopting a science-based target for reducing costs and corporate carbon emissions.

Since 2013, the company's energy saving measures have resulted in a 19 pct cut in carbon intensity (kgCO2/m2). By 2030, that is expected to drop by 40 pct and set the company on an 80 pct carbon intensity reduction by the middle of the century. Landsec's tenants have also avoided energy and carbon costs of £2.9 million per year when compared to 2013/14 costs.

Elsewhere, site specific energy reduction assessments continue to find more energy reduction opportunities. In 2016, 65 Landsec projects costing a total £2.4 million are expected to save customers 7.7 million kWh of energy and £877,000 per year in reduced energy bills, with a ROI of under 3 years. The company is also transitioning to strategic energy management programmes, rather than purely focus on operational activities. Additionally, the company's new Responsible Property Investment Policy makes carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency a major consideration in new property acquisitions. (Source: Landsec, CSR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Landsec, Tom Byrne, Landsec’s Energy Manager. Robert Noel, CEO, https://landsec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Grocery Giant Supports COP21 with Renewable Electricity Pledge (Int'l)
Tesco
Date: 2017-05-17
In the UK, grocery giant Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.

To date, Tesco has invested over £700 million in energy efficiency in its stores and distribution centres since 2007, and cut its emissions by 41 pct per square foot of its real estate for annual energy cost savings of approximately £200 million.

Even so, the company acknowledges that more needs to be done to reach its targeted absolute reductions of 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct reductions by 2050 compared to 2015 levels. To that end, Tesco intends to source all of its electricity from renewable sources, has signed on to the RE100 initiative, and will push its sustainability practices down the supply chain by encouraging the use of credible science-based targets on a two degree trajectory. Alternatively, suppliers will be asked to achieve absolute emissions reductions of 7 pct by 2020 and 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Clean Energy, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Tesco, +44 (0) 11 44 1992 632222, www.tesco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Renewable Energy,  

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