Vaisala – Renewable electricity
As a member of the RE100 initiative, Vaisala is committed to using 100% renewable electricity in its facilities by the end of 2020. Currently at 93%, we are well on the road to the target and able to achieve the goal within the set timeframe with a combination of self-produced clean energy and green electricity from local energy companies.
Very fast implementation with a big impact. Easily replicable by all companies.
Vaisala leading by example. Clear commitment and concrete action combining energy efficiency measures with utilization and promotion of renewable electricity. Apart from own investments, and purchase of energy attribute certificates, the ease of replicability to switch to green power depends on the availability of renewable electricity offerings by local utilities (hence a lower score on replicability).
This planet act is dependent on the local availability of renewable electricity and requires investment.
The road to 100% renewable electricity started in 2015. Our positive handprint is formed through our multitude of measurement solutions, for instance for the renewable energy sector. However, by ensuring that our own facilities consume 100% renewable electricity, we can also decrease our carbon footprint and contribute to a sustainable future. I am proud to say we are close to achieving this goal.
Vaisala’s solutions help renewable energy operators produce sustainable energy efficiently which helps to increase the amount of renewable energy globally. We are strongly involved in the renewable energy industry through our customers, but we also see a clear benefit in advancing the use of renewable energy sources. We firmly believe in a future in which societies are powered by renewable energy, and we strive continuously to improve the energy efficiency in our facilities.
The private sector needs to be the driver of change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Vaisala is a member of RE100, a global initiative encouraging the world’s most influential companies to make a 100% renewable electricity commitment within a clear timeframe. As a member of the RE100 initiative, we are committed to using 100% renewable electricity in our facilities by the end of 2020.
Following the initiative, we have taken many actions to ensure 100% renewable electricity in our facilities by the end of 2020. Already in May 2020, we were close to our target: 93% of the electricity we consume comes from renewable sources, mainly from wind power. 93% has been achieved in our largest facilities, where we can affect our consumption with self-produced energy and local green energy. We are close to achieving the 7% – consisting mostly of small office facilities where we are not the sole proprietor of the building – and will achieve our 100% target by the end of 2020.
We have been able to achieve the 93% renewable electricity result with a combination of self-produced energy and green electricity products purchased from local energy companies. Our manufacturing sites in Finland and the United States use solar panels to produce clean energy. In addition to renewable energy consumption in our own facilities, we also started to purchase data center services powered by renewable energy in 2019.
To achieve the remaining part of our 100% renewable electricity target, we will purchase unbundled renewable energy attribute certificates from the market. An energy attribute certificate is a market-based instrument that proves the renewable origin of produced energy. Each certificate provides proof that 1 MWh of renewable energy has been produced in the same region. These certificates are needed to cover electricity consumption on those sites that cannot negotiate their own electricity contracts and therefore cannot directly choose to consume renewable electricity.