Kraft Heinz has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with BHE Renewables for its operations within the United States. The agreement will enable Kraft Heinz to achieve its goal of procuring the majority of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
By the end of this year, the company plans will purchase enough renewable energy from BHE Renewables to offset more than 15% of the energy usage at its U.S. manufacturing sites. By the end of 2025, this amount is expected to increase to approximately 60%. The renewable energy is planned to come from BHE Renewables’ 158-megawatt Gopher Creek wind farm in Scurry County, Texas.
The agreement is the latest in a series of Kraft Heinz renewable energy initiatives, including solar projects at three Kraft Heinz manufacturing sites in China, which are expected to prevent approximately 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year for the next two decades. These initiatives also include Kraft Heinz’s recent vPPA with Repsol in Spain.
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“As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we are committed to contributing to global efforts to reduce the ongoing threat of climate change," said Kraft Heinz CEO and Board Chair Miguel Patricio. “In 2020, we committed to buy the majority of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025. This agreement with BHE Renewables helps put us on track to accomplish that aspiration and brings us one step closer to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”
“We are proud to support Kraft Heinz as it carries out its commitment to create a more sustainable environment,” says Steve Rowley, vice president, renewable development and energy markets at BHE Renewables. “Kraft Heinz has an ambitious goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, and we look forward to working with them to meet their renewable energy needs.”