Crown signs wind VPPA, heads towards 100%RE - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  June 6, 2019

Crown signs wind VPPA, heads towards 100%RE

Crown Holdings, Inc. has signed a 15-year VPPA to utilize wind power in all of its U.S. and Canadian beverage can plants starting on July 1, 2020. The agreement is a step towards the company’s goal of running 100% renewable electricity by 2050, with interim targets of 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2030.

"Completely transitioning our U.S. and Canadian beverage can plants to renewable electricity is the latest example of our willingness to take action when it comes to sustainability," stated Timothy J. Donahue, president and CEO of Crown, in a statement. "From innovations to our products, which use infinitely recyclable materials, to our industry-leading rankings with CDP, to our manufacturing processes, we will continue exploring opportunities that allow us to make meaningful progress."

To reach the 2020 target of 30% renewable electricity, Crown is exploring renewable options in other countries, including Mexico, which runs on a different electricity grid than the U.S. and Canada and would serve as the final portion of a complete North American renewable energy program by RE100 standards; Crown recently joined the RE100 initiative.

The VPPA, signed with Longroad Energy, will rely on a wind farm based in Knox County, Texas to generate over 400,000 MWhs of electricity. The renewable power will offset 100% of the energy usage within Crown's U.S. and Canadian beverage plants, which account for over 20% of the Company's global Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions.

Crown Holdings, Inc. is a leading global supplier of rigid packaging products to consumer marketing companies, as well as transit and protective packing products, equipment and services to a broad range of end markets.

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