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13 Nov 2020
Australia’s largest supermarket chain commits to 100% renewable electicity by 2025!
As Australia’s sixth-largest energy user (1% of Australia’s total national electricity), Woolworths has now joined 260 fellow companies in the global RE100 initiative; proving that 100% renewable is 100% doable.
Over the next five years, Woolworths has pledged to generate 880 MW of new wind and solar — enough to power 352,000 homes and create almost 1600 energy jobs.
Woolworths has also committed to becoming net-positive by 2050 — meaning that its operations will remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it produces.
Currently, there are 150 Woolworths stores around Australia that have rooftop solar panels, which provides around 13 per cent of its energy needs.
To meet its commitment Woolworths will continue to roll out its rooftop solar program and also sign power purchase agreements with wind and solar energy providers.
The race to renewables has well and truly begun. This landmark announcement from Woolies reflects the broader movement to clean energy within the corporate sector. Household names like Aldi, Bunnings, Officeworks and Telstra have all recently set strong renewable electricity targets.
By joining the RE100 initiative, these companies are demonstrating that renewable energy is better for people, planet and profit. Companies that continue to cling to fossil fuels are at risk of being left behind.
“What Woolies does matters. There are over 1,000 Woolworths supermarkets and metro stores, and 3,000 stores across the group including Big W and Dan Murphy’s, which employ more than 215,000 people,” says REenergise Campaign Director, Lindsay Soutar.
“Woolworths Group going 100% renewable puts solar and wind power at the heart of Australian communities across the country”.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says that “Moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity is the right thing to do, and something a growing number of our customers, team members and shareholders expect us to lead on”.
Greenpeace is calling on Coles to join the expanding list of companies in the RE100 initiative.