Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - December 6, 2019
Ecolab commits to carbon-neutrality by 2050
Ecolab Inc. announced Dec. 5 their commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050, in addition to joining the U.N. Global Compact to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees.
The water and hygiene tech company, based in St. Paul, Minn., stated that they would reach this goal by moving to 100% renewable energy in its global operations. Currently, 99.4% of their electricity used in Europe comes from renewable sources. Additionally, Ecolab signed a VPPA in 2018 with a wind farm that will cover 100% of its North America electricity needs once it comes online in 2020.
“Climate change demands urgent action, and it’s absolutely critical that we accelerate our efforts to mitigate its impact,” Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. said in a statement. “We don’t yet have all the answers as to how we’ll get to net-zero carbon emissions, but business needs to come together and create forward momentum. That’s why Ecolab is committing to 1.5°C.”
Ecolab has implemented other energy initiatives in pursuit of their carbon reduction goal, including expanding efficiency projects at plants and office buildings and electrifying their services vehicle fleet.
Ecolab's primary clients include the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets, to whom they provide water, hygiene and energy technologies and services.