In a world where global warming presents a real threat to the future viability of humanity, it’s down to each and every one of us to help turn the tide and reduce greenhouse gasses. However, with the best will in the world, we can’t do it alone. It’s a task that’s going to require support from Governments around the world and – perhaps most importantly – from businesses too.
A recent pledge from some of the biggest names on the Fortune 500 like Nike, Starbucks, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson and Walmart to use 100% renewable energy for their electricity is a positive step. But as we approach 2017, which are the companies leading the way in renewable energy usage today?
Join us as we share 5 of the biggest companies utilising green energy to power their success.
- HSBC US – 100% renewable energy Banking giant HSBC have long been on the forefront of change, but running their US business entirely on renewable energy speaks to their excellent commitment to global sustainability goals. Presently, only their USA operations are entirely powered by renewables, but the company have pledged to source a quarter of the energy used to power its buildings around the world by 2020. It’s part of a broader pledge to cut annual carbon emissions from 2.5 tonnes globally per employee in 2011 to 2.5 tonnes by 2020.
- Intel – 100% renewable energy Intel, the company that’s likely behind the chips powering your computer, relies entirely on renewable energy for its electricity needs, according to a 2012 survey. The company used 3 trillion watt-hours of renewable energy during the year – a truly remarkable feat for the company.
- Microsoft – 100% renewable energy Microsoft are one of the biggest companies in the world. With interests in software, hardware, servers and much more, they need huge amounts of power to keep the lights on and the profits coming in. Remarkably though, since 2014 Microsoft have been 100% powered by renewable energy. They do so by purchasing renewable energy from outside companies, as well as operating their own solar farms, like the 2,288 strong one at their Mountain View, CA campus.
- Apple – 93% renewable energy Recent press conferences from Apple have opened with a decidedly green slant, with the company talking up their usage of renewable energy. One of the most impressive achievements for the company has been to ensure that every Apple store around the globe is powered entirely by renewable energy, but that’s just the start of it. In total, 93% of Apple’s overall energy usage is powered by renewable sources. That includes the energy sucked up by their vast server farms, their R&D department and everything else. Apple are committed to using entirely renewable energy soon, too.
Wholefoods – 100% renewable energy
Wholefoods, the eco-conscious health food chain that’s taken heart in America and has now bun to spring up in the UK, is a natural choice for renewable energy. Thankfully, they don’t let us down. In 2013 the company generated 107% of their needs from renewable sources, and fed the remaining 7% back into the grid for use. The company have pledged to always rely on renewable energy, regardless of their growth plans – a decision that likely helped convince Walmart into agreeing to become renewable too.