Industrial, Wind - November 23, 2020
Crown covers 100% of U.S., Canada operations with Texas wind power
Crown Holdings announced Nov. 20 that it has become the first metal packaging manufacturer to power its U.S. and Canadian operations on 100% renewable energy.
The Pennsylvania-based beverage can manufacturer is now operating all 14 of its plants in the U.S. and Canada on renewable energy following the signing of a 15-year VPPA with Longroad Energy. The VPPA is connected to a Texas wind farm that generates more than 440,000 MWh of electricity annually, which is the equivalent of preventing over 310,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.
“This VPPA, which makes us the first in our industry to complete an energy transition for all U.S. and Canadian beverage can manufacturing facilities, is a major milestone on our journey to utilize 100% renewable electricity by 2050 and will play a critical role in reducing GHG emissions from our operations,” John Rost, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Crown, said in a statement. “Making a pledge to the RE100 initiative, setting science-based emission reduction targets and now implementing wind power across our U.S. and Canadian beverage plants—these are all actions we view as critical for driving measurable progress against climate change for our planet.”
With this VPPA and the transition of all of Crown’s manufacturing facilities in the U.K. to renewable energy, 27.%% of the company’s global operations are now using renewable electricity. Crown is currently pursuing a goal of using 60% in all its operations by 2030, 90% by 2040 and 100% by 2050. The company is also targeting a 50% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.
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