J&J Signs PPA to Accelerate Goal of 100% RE - Smart Energy Decisions

Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  November 30, 2021

J&J Signs PPA to Accelerate Goal of 100% RE

Johnson & Johnson announced a new PPA in the U.S. that will allow the company to source the equivalent of 100% of its electricity in the U.S. and Canada from wind and solar power by 2023. Johnson & Johnson previously set a target to procure 100% renewable electricity for all operations by 2025.

The new agreement will be comprised of a solar array in southern Texas for a total generation capacity of 55 MW or approximately 117,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually. The agreement was signed in coordination with Ørsted and the solar installation is currently being built.

This adds to existing on-site and off-site renewable projects that currently provide about 70% of Johnson & Johnson’s electricity needs in the U.S. and Canada. The company also has solar power at its Jacksonville, Florida facility and its Vision’s production site in Limerick, Ireland is already powered by wind, so when the Jacksonville project comes online in 2022 all ACUVUE® Brand contact lenses are expected to be made using 100% renewable electricity.

“Last year we announced our most ambitious climate goals to date, including an accelerated renewable electricity goal,” said Paulette Frank, chief sustainability officer at Johnson & Johnson in a statement. “We are wasting no time making progress because we know there is no time to waste – the world needs bold climate action to advance both human and planetary health. This North America deal follows the completion of three PPAs in Europe for wind and solar installations announced in July that are expected to take Johnson & Johnson to the equivalent of 100% renewable electricity for all operations in Europe by 2023.

Johnson & Johnson’s current Health for Humanity Climate Goals are to source 100% of the company’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025, to achieve carbon neutrality in its global operations by 2030, and to reduce upstream, value chain (Scope 3) emissions by 20% by 2030 (from 2016 levels).

To date, the company has built over 50 on-site renewable energy systems on properties in 14 countries and has executed 15 deals for off-site renewable electricity procurement. At the end of 2020, 54% of Johnson & Johnson’s global electricity came from renewable sources.

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