Ecolab expands renewable energy sourcing

The Low Carbon-developed wind farm will increase Ecolab's global renewable energy sourcing to nearly 80 per cent.

Ecolab Inc. has signed a virtual power purchase agreement to support the construction and operation of a five-turbine wind farm on the west coast of Finland.

The wind farm, developed by renewable energy investment firm Low Carbon, will produce approximately 100GWh of renewable energy each year.

Once fully operational in 2023, the facility will reduce potential greenhouse gases by an estimated 20,900 tons and cover 100 per cent of the electricity Ecolab uses to power its European sites including 15 major offices, 26 manufacturing facilities, and seven research and development centers.

“At a time of increased scrutiny for energy use and net-zero commitments, we are proud to be investing in renewable options that are good for both Ecolab’s business and our planet,” said Emilio Tenuta, Ecolab chief sustainability officer.

“Many of Ecolab’s more than 47,000 associates globally are supporting our customers on their net-zero transition, and this agreement provides a tangible example of how to move from commitment to action.”

The announcement builds on a 2018 Ecolab investment, which added enough renewable energy sources to cover 100 per cent of the company’s operations across North America.

Combined, the two agreements will now allow Ecolab to source nearly 80 per cent, up from 58 per cent, of its power from renewable sources and deliver a significant step toward the company’s goal of achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity globally by 2030.

According to the company, this progress puts Ecolab well ahead of schedule to meet renewable energy guidelines outlined by RE100, a global corporate initiative focused on achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2050, of which Ecolab is a member.

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