Commercial, Solar - February 2, 2023
Thermo Fisher Scientific Powers All U.S. Locations With RE
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a life sciences company, announced it will power all of the company’s current U.S. sites with 100% electricity by 2026.
The company’s new 20-year virtual power purchasing agreement with EDF Renewables includes the full output of the 200-megawatt (MW) Millers Branch Solar project in Texas.
The VPPA will deliver approximately 545,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually. This project complements Thermo Fisher’s previously announced agreement with Enel North America for the Seven Cowboy wind project. Together, these projects will provide enough renewable power to match all of Thermo Fisher’s current U.S. electricity needs.
The Millers Branch Solar project is expected to be operational by December 2025.
“Transitioning away from fossil fuels and adopting renewable energy accelerates our progress toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Marc N. Casper, chairman, president and CEO of Thermo Fisher, in a statement. “Our agreement with EDF Renewables further demonstrates our commitment to addressing climate change and creating a more sustainable world for all—a goal that is deeply rooted in our Mission to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.”
The impact of the company’s U.S. transition to renewable electricity contributes significantly to Thermo Fisher’s recently announced commitment to raise its 2030 reduction target for Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from 30% to 50%, based on a 2018 baseline. The new 50% reduction target, announced in December 2022, fulfills Thermo Fisher’s commitment to the Business Ambition to 1.5˚C campaign and aligns its climate strategy with the Paris Agreement and its reduction targets with the 1.5˚C pathway.
Thermo Fisher has submitted its climate targets to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for validation.