Grupo Bimbo pledges to run 100% on renewable energy worldwide by 2025
Mexican multinational bakery Grupo Bimbo announced it has commitment to use 100% renewable energy for its electricity throughout the world by 2025. The largest baking company in the world is the first firm in Mexico and Latin America to join RE100, a global, collaborative initiative of The Climate Group that brings together the most influential companies in the world who commit to the use of power from 100% renewable sources.
The announcement was made during New York Climate Week, where Grupo Bimbo committed to supplying clean energy in the 32 countries where it operates, through one or more of the different schemes for energy solutions such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), the purchasing of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC), investing in distributed generation (on site), and buying clean energy directly, among others.
“Our commitment to convert our operation to 100% renewable energy is a major step toward our purpose of building a sustainable, highly productive, and deeply humane company. Having operations in 32 countries, this is a challenge we assume with the clear conviction and responsibility to contribute to a better planet for present and future generations,” said Daniel Servitje, President and CEO of Grupo Bimbo.
Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group, welcomed the commitment. “This is an exciting first for RE100 as we expand our membership into new geographies like Mexico and Latin America. We congratulate Grupo Bimbo on its leadership in finding renewable energy solutions for each of its locations and hope to influence many more companies to come onboard,” Peirce said.
Bimbo’s efforts to operate on renewable energy began in 2012 with the opening of the Piedra Larga wind farm in the state of Oaxaca, which supplies clean energy to company’s plants and certain work centers throughout Mexico.
Also, earlier this year Bimbo Solar was launched in Mexico, an initiative that integrates 33 solar panels systems on rooftops to generate 3.7 MW altogether, in order to reduce pollution.
A couple month later the company announced that by 2019 it would be 75% renewable worldwide after signing an agreement for a 100-MW windfarm, to operate in the United States on 100% renewable electricity, achieving a total global reduction of 440,000 tons of CO2 per year.