Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Renewable energy leaders

The EPA Green Power Partnership encourages organisations to buy green energy as a way to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use. The Partnership now has hundreds of organisations on its books voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power every year. It also publishes a ranking of the leading Fortune 500 purchasers of green energy in the US.

Purchased amounts are for the US operations only and qualify through three options; Renewable Energy Certificates (effectively subsidises renewable energy which would not otherwise be price-competitive), on-site generation and green power products from utilities.

Intel leads the table with purchases of 1.3 billion kWh of renewable energy (the same as when I last reported the EPA's assessment in January 2008 as part of the Fortune 500 Challenge - see here). Dell is in 5th place with 556 million kWh, Cisco 7th (400m kWh), Sprint Nextel 20th (88m kWh) and Motorola 21st (78m kWh).

(Some other companies report their emissions on a facility by facility basis, but I don't think they beat these leaders).

Interestingly, Dell's green energy purchases are given as 158% of the company's total electricity use, a long way ahead of anybody else. I wonder what they do with it?

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