GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - March 5, 2021
Kellogg to achieve more than 50% renewable electricity by end of 2022
Kellogg announced on March 3 that it will achieve more than 50% renewable energy to address the electricity needs of its owned manufacturing globally by the end of 2022. The company signed a long-term wind energy VPPA in North America for approximately 360 GWh of wind electricity annually, which is equal to 50% of the volume of electricity used across Kellogg's North American manufacturing facilities.
This VPPA with Enel Green Power helps Kellogg make progress towards its global Better Days commitments to reduce Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by 65% and to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2050.
"Kellogg has been working to reduce its carbon footprint across our value chain for more than a decade," Amy Senter, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company, said in a statement. "Our latest VPPA further demonstrates to investors, stakeholders and our consumers that we are taking action to address climate change."
Kellogg has several renewable energy projects already in place around the world:
- Western Europe: facilities have achieved 100% renewable electricity to address its operations through the purchase of RECs
- Australia: operations achieved 100% renewable electricity through a long-term PPA
- Plants in Enstek, Malaysia and Taloja, India use renewable electricity directly from on-site solar panels
- North America: purchased RECs for multiple facilities and offices in several states
- Solana Beach, California office uses on-site solar panels for portions of its electricity
As part of Kellogg's VPPA, Enel has started construction of the Azure Sky wind project in north-central Texas, its first wind + storage project globally, that combines a 350-MW wind facility paired with about 120 MW of battery storage – one of the largest battery storage facilities in the world. The Azure Sky wind farm will add clean energy resources to the community's local grid and is expected to be operational in 2022.
Kellogg's portion of renewable electricity generated by the wind farm is estimated to avoid 250,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. Kellogg was advised on the VPPA agreement by Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services, who assisted the company in its project selection and negotiations.
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