Innovation: Environment

The Power of Renewable Energy

Just as we’re diversifying our vehicle propulsion systems with pure-electric, hybrid or gasoline-powered options, we’re doing the same with our energy portfolio at our facilities, using solar and landfill gas to wind and waste-to-energy.

Renewable energy now accounts for nearly one tenth of our energy consumption in North America.

Globally, we use 105 megawatts of solar, landfill gas, hydro, and waste to energy, moving us closer to our 125 megawatt renewable energy goal by 2020. To give an idea of our commitment, the solar arrays at 19 of our facilities would fill the space of 104 American football fields.

We believe collaboration is key in driving greater progress. We are a founding member of the Business Renewables Center, a collaborative platform launched earlier this month by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The center aims to accelerate corporate renewable energy procurement with a goal of nearly doubling U.S. capacity of wind and solar energy by 2025. It is part of a larger effort – the Corporate Renewables Partnership – that includes the World Wildlife Fund, the World Resources Institute and the Business for Social Responsibility. The Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, of which we are a signatory, set a framework for the partnership and guides the Business Renewables Center.

Our commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes is one way we serve and improve the communities in which we work and live. Using more renewable energy to power our plants helps us reduce costs, minimize risk and leave a smaller carbon footprint.