Tetra Pak now uses 35% renewable electricity
Issued by Scarlet Letter on behalf of Tetra Pak - May 19th 2017, 15:22
Tetra Pak is using 35% renewable electricity by buying International REC Standard (I-REC) certificates for all of its production facilities in China.
The I-RECs Tetra Pak buys are generated by two windfarms, Inner Mongolia Wind and Guangdong Xinyi Wing, and a biomass project named Pizhou Biomass.
Charles Brand, executive VP of Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak says: “We joined the RE100 last year as a part of our commitment to tackle climate change, pledging to use 100% renewable electricity across all our operations by 2030. This move in China, where we have the largest production footprint, is a solid step forward as we strive towards that goal.”
Companies that produce renewable, sustainable electricity, such as the wind farms mentioned, register I-RECs per megawatt-hour of electricity produced, are audited by an independent third-party, and trade in the I-REC registry to a single customer.
Tetra Pak has four converting plants, one product development centre and one processing equipment factory in China. Since the beginning of this year, the company has procured I-REC certificates equivalent to the total electricity consumption of all these facilities, as well as its regional head office in Greater China in Shanghai.
Tetra Pak’s I-REC certificates are procured through the South Pole Group, one of the world’s leading sustainability solutions providers.
Jens Olejak, director of Sustainable Energy at South Pole Group, says: “We are thrilled to help Tetra Pak pioneer the use of renewable energy certificates as a part of a global renewable sourcing strategy. By proactively using proven solutions to ensure renewable electricity for their operations in markets such as China, which still lacks advanced renewable energy infrastructure, Tetra Pak is showing a real commitment to sustainable development.”
Tetra Pak is also purchasing 100% renewable electricity for all its facilities across Sweden. This includes the use of 60 GWh of green electricity per year from Swedish wind power.
RE100 is a global, collaborative business initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP to drive demand for, and delivery of, renewable power. I-RECs represent a contractual agreement between the electricity generator and the electricity consumer, acting as proof that the electricity purchased has been generated from renewable energy, providing a guarantee of origin.
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