Apple, Google, BD, Intel, Kohl’s Among Winners of EPA Green Power Partnership Awards
(3BL Media/Justmeans) â Nearly 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. is used to generate power, which makes power consumption a key component of the countryâs environmental footprint. Most to this power in the U.S. is generated from fossil fuels. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards to recognize leading actions of organizations and individuals that advance the development of green power sources to reduce the environmental footprint.
The EPA Green Power Partner award winners in 2014 include Apple, Google, BD and Oklahoma State University in the category âPartner of the Year.â Intel Corporation and Kohlâs Department Stores are the winners in âSustained Excellence in Green Powerâ category. Winners in âGreen Power Purchasingâ include Herman Miller, Inc., REI, Steelcase Inc., Trek Bicycle, and Philadelphia Insurance Companies, among others.
Apple, Inc. is one of the first companies in its sector to use 100 percent renewable energy to power its data centers. The company also generates and purchases 100 percent renewable energy for all of its U.S. corporate facilities and over 92 percent for its entire U.S.-based operations. It continues to pursue its goal of net-zero for its data centers, corporate facilities and retail stores globally.
Google, Inc. applies a combination of strategies, including energy efficiency, green power use, and carbon offsets. The company has installed one of the largest corporate electric vehicle charging infrastructures in the country. It purchase 870 million KWH of green power in 2013 through long-term contracts, and generated and used an additional 9.5 million KWH of on-site renewable energy.
Global medical technology company, BD, purchases green power as a key component of its sustainability strategy. The companyâs current use of renewable energy worldwide stands at 35 percent, which has already surpassed its target of 25 percent in 2015. In the U.S., about 84 percent of BDâs operations are powered by renewable energy.
Intel Corporationâs purchase of Green-e certified renewable energy certifications (RECs) matched 100 percent of the electricity used at its U.S. locations in 2014. This purchase totaled approximately 3.1 billion KWH. These RECs represent diverse technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, low-impact hydro, and biomass. In addition, Intel has on-site solar facilities at 18 locations, which generate nearly 10 million KWH of electricity annually.
Kohl's Department Stores has met its goal to use 100 percent renewable energy, and the company has ranked first on EPA's Green Power Partnership Top Retail Partners list since 2009. Kohl's generates and uses more than 36 million KWH of green power annually from on-site solar and wind projects. The companyâs 20-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for its solar locations demonstrates it long-term outlook and commitment to using green power.
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