Grupo Bimbo, the largest bread-maker in the world, joined RE100, a global initiative composed of large multinational companies committed to using 100% renewable electricity.
Under this initiative, the company plans that 100% of the electric power it uses in all its operations in the world comes exclusively from renewable sources by 2025.
With this integration, Bimbo will become the first Latin American company to join this type of initiative and join other 145 RE100 multinational companies committed to supplying only renewable energy to boost their operations.
Some of the members of RE100 are Facebook, Google, Walmart, Starbucks, Danone, Nestle, Burberry, Tata Motors, HSBC and Microsoft.
In total, RE100 members are demanding more than 182 terawatt-hours (TWh) of renewable electricity each year, enough to supply a medium-sized country such as Thailand or Poland, according to information from The Climate Group, a not for profit organization that promotes actions in favor of climate.
The RE100 is powered by The Climate Group since 2009, in partnership with the CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Bimbo will officially announce its adhesion to the RE100 this Tuesday, within the framework of Climate Week NYC, in this city, an international summit where actions around the world are promoted and disseminated in favor of climate.
The global bread-maker will make a presentation on the strategies and initiatives to transition to a company that operates 100% with energy from renewable sources.
“We have established as an objective to mitigate climate change, improving and consolidating renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and reduction in the use of energy resources to achieve a 10% reduction in our carbon footprint in 2020 and 80% of electricity from clean sources”, exposed Bimbo in the 2017 annual sustainability report.
Among the actions that Bimbo has undertaken was to adhere to the signing of the Paris Action Commitment to Combat Climate Change to reduce polluting emissions and maintain the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius.
Information from the Group indicates that by the third quarter of 2019, it will obtain 75% of the world’s renewable energy sources and will be the first bakery company to be 100% renewable in the United States.
The Piedra Larga Wind Farm, in Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca, supplies clean energy to operations in Mexico. The installed capacity is 90 megawatts (MW) and each year it reduces 180,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, equivalent to supplying the annual consumption of 45,000 homes.