renewable-energy

Commitment:
100% Renewable Power

Climate Case  | Benefits  |  Take Action | Get Support & Get Involved

The Climate Case

Roughly one-third of all the greenhouse gas emissions generated in the U.S. come from the burning of fossil fuels (primarily coal and natural gas) to produce electricity. Increasing the use of renewable power is one of the most critical ways to fight climate change. Right now, renewable energy sources account for only 13% of U.S. electricity although that number is growing quickly [1]. Businesses have the power to drive the creation of a thriving, global market for renewable power by committing to transition 100% of their electricity to renewable sources in the shortest practical time.

Wind turbines


The Benefits

By transitioning to renewable sources of electricity, you can help to create an energy system that:

  • Reduces our impact on climate change;
  • Results in cleaner air;
  • Is more reliable and secure; and
  • May save your company money over time compared with conventional sources as recent reports indicate that the cost of renewables is dropping quickly [2].

Take Action

Making the commitment to 100% renewable power means that your company will work towards a goal of switching to 100% renewable power by the earliest possible date. This commitment also includes providing annual, transparent reporting on your progress towards reaching this goal. 

Solar panel at Organic ValleyEven if your company is not ready to commit to 100% renewable power, you can still set a bold target that will get you started on the journey to supporting renewable power. Any shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources will help slow climate change and help set an example that renewables make good sense for business and the economy.

Or, if you’ve already committed to 100% renewable power and want to do more, you can go even farther by:

     - Encouraging your suppliers to join you in making a commitment to 100% renewable power like Clif Bar. In 2014 Clif Bar introduced a “50/50 by 2020” initiative with the goal of helping 50 of their key supplier facilities to transition to at least 50% green energy by 2020. See below for more information on this initiative.

     - Expanding your renewables commitment to your full energy use including liquid fuels and natural gas. For manufacturers the GHG emissions from boilers, furnaces and other nonelectric energy use is often far more than electrical.

Companies committing to 100% renewable power will be expected to complete an annual online questionnaire updating the Climate Collaborative on progress made toward the commitment. The questionnaire will be short and should not be burdensome to complete.

Clif Bar infographic on their renewable energy work

To learn more about Clif Bar’s inspiring work, check out this case study.

 


Get Support & Get Involved

Our goal is to help well-intentioned companies make the greatest impact possible through their investment in renewable power. In recent years, more and more companies have made a commitment to increase their use of renewable power. Although some companies have invested in installing solar, wind and hydro power on-site at their own facilities, many have turned to a variety of other mechanisms including Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), “community-solar” and other tools to meet their goal of reducing their carbon footprint.

Unfortunately, not all of these mechanisms translate to an increase in renewable energy production and some may have little to no positive impact on climate change. As a result, it can be difficult for well-meaning companies to determine whether the RECs or other mechanisms through which they’re purchasing renewable power are truly accelerating the low carbon transition and represent additional renewable generation that would not have happened without the companies’ investments.

We are in the process of producing a white paper and webinar that will provide more detailed guidance on how to make an informed decision when purchasing renewable power through a variety of mechanisms. Stay tuned!

And please let us know what your challenges are so we can work to identify the right resources to help you surmount them. 

 

To learn more about RECs, PPAs and how to make sure your renewable energy purchases are having an impact check out this workshop by Mark Trexler of the Climatographers.

 

 

 

Make a Commitment

 

Resources

Our Renewable Energy Resources page highlights case studies, videos, tools, and other resources from our partners to help organizations interested in moving to renewable energy.

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Amavida Coffee Roasters
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Annmarie Skin Care
Aslan Brewing Co
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Ben & Jerry's
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Blue Evolution
Bluebird Botanicals
Booda Organics
Bread Alone
Brewery Vivant
Brother Bru Bru's
Buchi Kombucha
Califia Farms
Casa Sanchez Foods
Cha's Organics
Chico Bag / To-Go Ware
Clif Bar
Clif Family Winery
Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Davidson's Organic Tea
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Dr. Bronner's
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ECOS
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Fetzer Vineyards
Forager Project
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Gaia Herbs
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Hippie Snacks
I and Love and You
Imagine Baking
Imlak'esh Organics
Loving Earth
Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss
Lundberg Family Farms
Manzana Products Co., Inc.
Maple Wellness Foods
MegaFood
Moon Valley Organics
Mountain Mels
Mountain Rose Herbs
Nana Joe's Granola
Natreve Wellness
Nature's Path
New Barn
Ninglement Inc
Nisolo
North Coast Brewing Company
nuherbs Co.
Nurture Brands
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Organic India
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Spinster Sisters, Inc.
Straus Family Creamery
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Teadora Beauty
Teatulia Organic Teas
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Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water
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Glen's Garden Market
Good Earth Natural Foods
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LifeSource Natural Foods
MaMa Jean's Natural Market
MOM's Organic Market
Orcas Food Co-op
Organic Food Depot
Oryana Food Cooperative
Outpost Natural Foods
PCC Community Markets
Portland Food Co-op
Pure Fresh & Organic
Rising Tide Co-op
Sentient Bean and Brighter Day
Sunflower Natural Foods Market
The Merc Co+op
Viroqua Food Co-op
Weaver's Way Cooperative Association
Wheatsville Food Co-op
Ypsilanti Food Co-op

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Maple Valley Cooperative
New England Natural Bakers, Inc
Notas al Aire SLU
OPTYVA
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Prima
Sustainable Sourcing LLC (DBA Himala Salt)
Sweet Additions
The Happy Beast
Tribe 9 Foods
World Centric
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Global Family Farms
Organic Valley
Skinny Farm
Sudhmahadev Vegetable Producer Company Ltd
Triage Limited Timeless Food

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Bioenergy Devco
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Change Finance, PBC
Clean Energy Fuel
Clean Energy Technology Resources, LLC
Climate Dads
Community Planet Foundation
Deklo Technologies
EarthyB LLC
Ecodeo
Effect Partners
Exact Solar
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Fosterra, LLC
Fucol Group Capital
Generate Capital
Good Company
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Green Retirement, Inc.
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Hela Bima Rice Project
Heliotropic Technologies, P.A.
Hemp Press
Jack's Solar Garden
LeBel Marketing
Legacy Vacation Resorts
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Metis Consulting Group
Metta Earth Institute, Inc.
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MK Library
Modern Species
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Natural Network
Neighborhood Sun
Net Zero Analysis & Design Corp
New Hope Network
Nia Impact Capital
Organic & Regenerative Investment Cooperative
Paintbox Catering and Bistro Inc.
Plan International
Planted Cuisine
Pure Strategies
Reformation
ReGen Partners LLC
Soil & More Impacts
SusTrue
TAP Synergy Works, llc
Terra Genesis International
The Determined
The HERD Foundation
The Naturalist
Tribal Code
Vanguard Renewables
Vista Caballo
with Wind, LLC