Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - January 26, 2021
Clorox uses 100% renewable electricity in U.S. and Canada
The Clorox Company announced on Jan. 25 that it has achieved its goal of 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. and Canadian operations four years earlier than planned. As one of Clorox's ESG goals, achieving 100% renewable electricity reflects the company's long-time commitment to climate stewardship.
Clorox's renewable electricity goal is one of the ESG commitments made as part of its corporate strategy called IGNITE, which includes a commitment to setting and achieving science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions for operations and supply chain.
"At Clorox, we feel a sense of urgency to address climate change given current warming trends resulting in significant impacts on our planet and global communities," Ed Huber, Clorox's chief sustainability officer said in a statement. "As a society, we're at a pivotal point, with the health and well-being of future generations at stake. We recognize businesses play an important role in driving needed progress, and Clorox is committed to doing our part."
Clorox will maintain its renewable electricity goal through a VPPA and RECs. The VPPA is a 12-year commitment to purchase 70 MW of renewable energy annually from Enel Green Power's Roadrunner solar project in Texas. The Roadrunner solar plant began operating in 2020 as the largest solar plant in Texas.
These renewable energy purchases are estimated to avoid approximately 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. This is equivalent to the annual impact that 235,000 acres of U.S. forest can have in removing CO2 from the atmosphere, or the carbon impact of the electricity needed to power 30,000 U.S. homes annually.
Clorox was advised by Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services on the VPPA and additional REC purchases.