Johnson & Johnson announces significant progress towards its climate goals – 100% renewable electricity for all sites in the United States, Canada and Europe by 2023
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., November 30, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson announced that the Company has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) in the United States (U.S.), showing continued acceleration towards its ambitious goal to procure 100% renewable electricity for all Johnson & Johnson operations by 2025. With this new deal, Johnson & Johnson expects that it will source the equivalent of 100% of the Company’s electricity in the U.S. and Canada from wind and solar power by 2023.
The new agreement will be comprised of a solar array in Southern Texas for a total generation capacity of 55 megawatts (MW) or approximately 117,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity annually. The agreement was signed in coordination with Ørsted, and the solar installation is currently being built.
This adds to existing on-site and off-site renewable projects that currently provide about 70% of Johnson & Johnson’s electricity needs in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, the Company announced a deal earlier in the year for solar power at its Jacksonville, Florida facility. Johnson & Johnson Vision’s production site in Limerick, Ireland is already powered by wind, so when the Jacksonville project comes online in 2022 all ACUVUE® Brand contact lenses are expected to be made using 100% renewable electricity.
“Last year we announced our most ambitious climate goals to date, including an accelerated renewable electricity goal. We are wasting no time making progress because we know there is no time to waste – the world needs bold climate action to advance both human and planetary health,” said Paulette Frank, Chief Sustainability Officer, Johnson & Johnson.
This North America deal follows the completion of three PPAs in Europe for wind and solar installations, announced in July, that are expected to take Johnson & Johnson to the equivalent of 100% renewable electricity for all operations in Europe by 2023.
Johnson & Johnson has a longstanding commitment to environmental health, including two decades of setting and achieving public climate commitments. Johnson & Johnson’s current Health for Humanity Climate Goals are to source 100% of the Company’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025, to achieve carbon neutrality in its global operations by 2030 and to reduce upstream, value chain (Scope 3) emissions by 20% by 2030 (from 2016 levels).
To date, the Company has built over 50 on-site renewable energy systems on properties in 14 countries and has executed 15 deals for off-site renewable electricity procurement. At the end of 2020, 54% of Johnson & Johnson’s global electricity came from renewable sources.
Read more about Johnson & Johnson’s Health for Humanity Goals here.
Johnson & Johnson is also a proud signatory of the Race to Zero/ Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign with an ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions across its value chain by 2045.
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