RE100 wins British Renewable Energy Award

RE100 wins British Renewable Energy Award

The Climate Group’s RE100 campaign has been awarded the 2016 British Renewable Energy award for best ‘Pioneer’ in appreciation of its 100 per cent renewable energy commitments.

The Climate Group, in partnership with CDP, has been working with the world’s most influential companies since its launch with 12 firms in September 2014. The campaign now has 65 companies with more looking to join.

The award was given to RE100 at the Renewable Energy Association’s prestigious yearly gala in London.

“After the historic Paris Agreement, the central role of business in tackling climate change is more evident than ever,” said Damian Ryan, director of strategy & planning at The Climate Group. “As well as encouraging the world’s leading businesses to think with their feet, RE100 gives companies a unified voice that the market – and policymakers – must listen to.”

Marks & Spencer won the ‘Leadership’ award. In 2014, the company was sourcing 87 per cent of its global electricity use from renewables and since 2012 it has been powered by renewables in the UK and Ireland.

Other RE100 companies shortlisted for the Leadership award were Unilever, BT Group, Aviva plc and Biogen UK.

Unilever sources 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables in the UK. It plans on sourcing 100 per cent from renewable energy globally by 2030.

BT Group aims to go 100 per cent renewable across its global operations by 2020 and Aviva aims to be 100 per cent renewable by 2025, with a goal of being 80 per cent renewable by 2020.