Saint-Gobain turns to wind power in the United States
Saint-Gobain has signed a 12-year electricity agreement to help cut its CO2 emissions in the United States and support the construction of the Blooming Grove Wind Farm in Illinois.
By signing an agreement with the Blooming Grove Wind Farm, Illinois (United States), to purchase electricity, Saint-Gobain will receive renewable energy certificates to offset the carbon intensity of the non-renewable electricity it consumes. The result will be a 21% reduction in Saint-Gobain's CO2 emissions in the United States compared with 2010. Currently under construction, the wind farm will be brought online in 2020.
This agreement comes hard on the heels of Saint-Gobain's recent recognition as a member of the CDP's Climate Change A List. The CDP is an international non-profit which identifies companies actively involved in fighting climate change. It audits companies and allocates them a score from A to D based on the extent of their reporting and environmental risk awareness and management, and assesses their level of environmental leadership on the basis of the best practices they have implemented, such as setting significant and ambitious targets.
This is the largest carbon-free energy purchase agreement ever signed by Saint-Gobain and is a key step towards the company achieving zero carbon emissions by 2050, as announced by Pierre-André de Chalandar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, at the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019.