Nike exists to serve athletes. And, if there is no planet, then there is no sport. Global issues like climate change impact whether athletes* can play and enjoy sport. And as a global business, climate change also introduces risk across our value chain.
To tackle climate change, we’re focused on scaling renewable energy across our value chain as well as investing in lower-carbon materials and building resilience to climate uncertainty by reducing costs, innovating new operating models, and strengthening our supply chain.
In 2015, Nike joined RE100, a coalition of businesses that have pledged to source 100% renewable energy in their operations. As a Fortune 100 company, we have an opportunity to drive increased renewable energy production and access, globally.
We currently have two agreements in the U.S. that together are expected to produce roughly 460,000 MWh/year of wind energy and deliver on more than one-half of our global commitment. One powers Nike’s World Headquarters in Oregon with wind power from three farms in the nearby Columbia River Gorge. Nike also powers our European Logistics Campus (ELC) in Laakdal, Belgium, with 100% renewable energy through five sources (onsite wind, solar, geothermal, and locally produced biomass and hydro). More than 30% of the electricity consumed at our China Logistics Center in Taicang, China, is generated through rooftop solar.
Through a new partnership with Iberdrola, an industry leader in the global clean energy economy, we will begin sourcing 100 percent renewable energy in Europe by 2020. Along with previously-launched partnerships between Nike and Avangrid in North America, this new power purchase agreement will enable us to reach 75 percent renewable energy globally.
A comprehensive focus on energy management and carbon emissions reduction, including scaling renewable energy, has been a priority for Nike and its factory partners for more than a decade. Nike works with suppliers to identify, design and execute strategies for unlocking competitive renewable energy opportunities in strategic manufacturing markets globally.
A top renewable energy priority for Nike has been accelerating the adoption of on-site rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects by supply partners. The technology for rooftop solar PV is both proven and widely available with fewer policy hurdles to overcome for implementation