Ecolab Achieves 100 Percent Renewable Electricity In Europe With Completion Of Windfarm Development Project

The virtual Power Purchase Agreement with Low Carbon helps take Ecolab’s global renewable electricity sourcing to 80 percent. (Photo courtesy of Ecolab)

Ecolab Inc., has announced the successful sourcing of enough clean electricity to power 100 percent of its European operations, thanks to the completion of a windfarm project with the global renewable energy company, Low Carbon.

In 2022, Ecolab and Low Carbon entered into an agreement to develop the Mörknässkogen windfarm, located on the west coast of Finland near the city of Vaasa. Now, the windfarm has reached full commercial operation, and its 30MW capacity will generate approximately 100GWh of electricity annually. That’s enough to power 30,000 homes and avoid 20,000 tonnes of CO2e per year.

“By sourcing the power produced by the windfarm, Ecolab will cover 100 percent of the electricity used across all its European sites, including 15 major offices, 26 manufacturing facilities and seven RD&E centers,” according to a press release. “This achievement elevates the company’s global renewable electricity sourcing level to 80 percent, marking a significant stride in Ecolab’s journey to achieving 100 percent renewable electricity globally by 2030, a key component of Ecolab’s 2030 Impact Goals.”

“We believe that truly sustainable companies deliver on both their financial and environmental goals,” Christophe Beck, Chairman and CEO of Ecolab, said. “By achieving this milestone in Europe, we’ll be sourcing the renewable energy needed to power our operations and as we electrify our vehicle fleet. These efforts support our continued growth and ability to serve customers, all while moving us closer to our 2030 Impact Goals and a 100 percent positive future.”

This latest renewable power milestone builds on Ecolab’s progress in North America, where the company reached 100 percent renewable electricity in 2020 as a result of its 2018 investment in the Mesquite Star windfarm in Texas, and 2015 investment in a local community solar garden project in Minnesota.

As the electrical grids in major markets become greener, Ecolab’s virtual Power Purchase Agreements in North America and Europe account for the company’s transition to electric vehicles. Ecolab recently announced accelerated efforts to electrify its sales and service fleet in North America by 2030.

“Ecolab’s Power Purchase Agreements and its other initiatives put the company on pace to achieve its renewable electricity targets by 2030. That’s well ahead of guidelines outlined by RE100, a global corporate initiative focused on achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050, of which Ecolab is a member,” the release added.

For more information on Ecolab’s 2030 Impact Goals, visit ecolab.com/corporate-responsibility/2030-impact-goals. For more information on Ecolab’s commitment to operating sustainably, visit ecolab.com/corporate-responsibility.

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