Greenpeace has been lobbying some of Australia’s largest electricity companies to lead the way in moving our country to clean and affordable renewable energy and make a public commitment to power their entire operations by 100% renewable energy.
As one of the top fifteen electricity users in Australia, Telstra is showing what it looks like for corporates to step up on climate changeLindsay Soutar, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Telstra has become the first Australian telecommunications company to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2025 in an announcement made this week.
CEO of Telstra, Andrew Penn made the announcement and detailed Telstra’s commitments and have set three new goals across three areas.
- To becoming carbon neutral from this year – While the company will continue to invest in energy efficiency measures, it will also source offsets “sourced largely from renewable energy projects” within the countries were Telstra operates.
- Enabling 100% renewable energy by 2025 by ensuring the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity consumption is sourced from renewables projects by 2025. Telstra will seek to directly secure power purchase agreements to underwrite new wind and solar projects.
- Reducing absolute emissions by 50% by 2030 and naming climate change as the reason behind the move. This sets the company on a pathway to achieving a longer term goal of zero net emissions by 2050.
“As one of the top fifteen electricity users in Australia, Telstra is showing what it looks like for corporates to step up on climate change,” said Lindsay Soutar, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
“Telecommunications companies like Telstra use enormous amounts of energy to power their operations, so it’s important to see them starting to clean up their act and lead the transition to 100% renewable energy.”
“Right now in Australia our electricity networks are still powered by polluting coal, so when large companies like Telstra make clear commitments to 100% renewable energy it makes a real difference to cleaning up Australia’s emissions.”
Greenpeace has been campaigning for major Australian companies and brands to make the shift from being part of the problem when it comes to climate change – to being part of the solution.
“Over 220 major companies across the world have now made commitments to 100% renewable electricity through the RE100 initiative. The growing worldwide movement of large businesses leading the way on renewable energy shows that 100% renewable energy makes good business sense.
We look forward to seeing other major electricity users like Coles and Woolworths make similar commitments.”, says Lindsay Soutar.
“We are proud of these actions but they are nowhere near enough in the context of the climate challenge we are facing. Changing the current trajectory on climate change – and meeting the defining challenge of the 2020s – will require bold and creative action along with decisive leadership and determination,” says Andrew Penn.
“The time for that action is now.”