Companies in Action
Google commits to operate on 24x7 carbon-free energy and to secure 5 gigawatts of new carbon-free energy in manufacturing regions by 2030. As a carbon neutral company since 2007 and one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy, Google has positioned itself as a leader in sustainable energy. By 2019, the company had matched its energy usage with 100% renewable energy purchases for three years in a row. Google achieved this target through a combination of aggressive energy efficiency initiatives and renewable energy purchases and by retiring carbon offsets for the remaining emissions. In the fall of 2019, the technology giant announced an ambitious commitment to spend more than $2 billion in new renewable energy infrastructure across the U.S., South America and Europe, including 18 new energy deals, positioning the company among the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy. Google’s announcement increases the company’s renewable energy portfolio by more than 40%. While the majority of the company’s renewable energy purchases have been focused on wind, the recent deal doubles the capacity of the company’s global solar portfolio through investments in solar farms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Building on this commitment and extending its impact into the product side, the company in early 2020 launched a new carbon-intelligent platform that shifts the timing of many non-priority computer tasks to when low-carbon power sources are most plentiful, directly supporting the company's pledge to achieve 24x7 carbon-free energy facilities.
General Mills commits to 100% renewable energy by 2030. General Mills has announced joining the RE100 corporate initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030. The announcement builds on earlier renewable energy commitments and expands the company’s goals beyond the U.S. The company’s strategy to achieve this goal includes investing in large renewable energy projects throughout the world, such as large-scale wind farms and anaerobic digestion facilities. General Mills has also signed ambitious Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with leading providers whose credits would equal 100% of electricity used annually at the company’s U.S. facilities. General Mills’ renewable energy goals build on a strong commitment to tackling the climate crisis, exemplified through the company’s 2020 Science Based Target to limit warming to 1.5℃, putting the company on track to be net zero by 2050 and aligning the company with the goals established in the Paris Agreement.
Apple sets goal to shift all electricity used throughout its supply chain to renewable sources by 2030. Apple is pursuing a multi-part strategy to achieve an ambitious goal of reaching carbon neutrality across its entire business by 2030. Transitioning energy used in its supply chain to renewables is a key part of Apple’s strategy, alongside planned investments in the development of low-carbon product designs and nature-based carbon removal solutions. Apple has a strong history of renewable energy commitments, announcing in 2018 that all of its global facilities had transitioned to renewable energy. However, Apple recognized that the larger opportunity for carbon reductions lies within its supply chain, given that nearly 75% of the company’s carbon footprint originates from its global manufacturing partners. Apple is pairing its efforts to achieve this goal with its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, through its Impact Accelerator. The Accelerator will prioritize investment in minority-owned businesses and in communities that are disproportionately impacted by climate change.