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With foundational support from Apple, Amazon, Meta, Nike, PepsiCo and REI, the Clean Energy Procurement Academy aims to equip companies with the knowledge required to shift to clean energy.
Supply chain emissions — aka Scope 3
— account for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions and can
represent the majority of a company's total carbon footprint. In an industry
first, leading corporate energy customers have come together to launch the
Clean Energy Procurement Academy (CEBA) to equip companies with the
technical readiness to explore and adopt clean
— an essential step toward global decarbonization.
Apple and Nike initiated the project through the Clean Energy Buyers
and were joined by Amazon, Meta, PepsiCo and REI Co-op as
founding organizations to plan and execute the Clean Energy Procurement Academy.
“To address the climate crisis, we need to act quickly to expand access to clean
energy around the world. Businesses can help drive that change,” said Sarah
Chandler, Apple’s VP of Environment
and Supply Chain Innovation. “As we make progress to ensure every Apple product
is carbon neutral by 2030, we will continue to work closely with our global
suppliers to support their transition to renewable energy. We’re proud to
collaborate with CEBA and others to expand those efforts beyond our supply chain
and across industries.”
Corporate engagement around renewables continues to grow, as seen in the growth of initiatives such as RE100 — which now boasts over 400 members. But according to RE100 research released earlier this year, high costs, limited supply and a lack of procurement options presented ongoing barriers to RE100 members looking to procure renewable electricity. CEPA aims to help eliminate those barriers.
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“We continue to leverage our scale to drive impact and support suppliers in
mitigating their climate risk,” said Noel
Sustainability Officer at Nike. “The Clean Energy Procurement Academy is key to
breaking down barriers to clean energy adoption, while also helping us
demonstrate demand and advocate for clean energy solutions in essential regions.
Collaborating cross-industry helps us tackle systemic challenges together.”
Designed to speed up the integration of clean energy into global supply chains,
the Academy will blend in-person and online training, along with comprehensive
educational resources to:
Boost supply chain companies’ capacity to invest in renewable energy
through education and data accessibility.
Foster synergy among different industries tackling shared challenges in
supply chain climate action.
Encourage supply chain companies to escalate their renewable energy goals
Establish new renewable-energy buying communities in pivotal manufacturing
“REI is proud to be part of the Clean Energy Procurement Academy. As a co-op, we
believe in collaborating with other leading brands on the greatest problem
facing our business and society,” said Kate
Wendt, VP of Strategy,
Transformation & Sustainability. “We're excited to work alongside our partners
to accelerate supplier decarbonization efforts by developing a platform that is
more powerful than what any company could develop alone.
Apple, Amazon, Meta, Nike, PepsiCo and REI launched CEPA — which is also
supported by the We Mean Business
Coalition — to build capacity of
select supply chain partners in energy markets that contribute material volumes
of greenhouse gas emissions. The founding companies pooled their expertise and
internal training resources to design a shared training curriculum and delivery
processes that enable trainees to rapidly mature as clean-energy customers.
“At PepsiCo, we are eager to help lead the way toward net-zero. Climate change
threatens the prosperity of people and communities — especially those within our
business’ agricultural supply chain with threats to biodiversity, temperature
extremes, adverse weather events, droughts, coastal flooding and more,” said
Roberta Barbieri, VP of
Global Sustainability at PepsiCo. “Renewable energy plays an important part in
helping us reach our climate goals and in our efforts to drive a positive value
chain. With the launch of the Clean Energy Procurement Academy, we’re proud to
share PepsiCo’s experience and play a role in shaping training and tools to
support organizations looking to embed clean energy into their global supply
The Clean Energy Buyers Institute is a public
benefit charity dedicated to solving the toughest market and policy barriers to
achieving a carbon-free energy system. The Clean Energy Procurement Academy is
the first major initiative of CEBI’s Global Programs, which launched in 2022
with foundational funding support from Google.org.
The launch of CEPA comes on the heels of an open
— coordinated by the We Mean Business Coalition and signed by over 130 corporate
giants — calling on heads of state and government attending next month’s
COP28 to meaningfully address the primary cause of
climate change: the burning of fossil fuels. Signatories call on leaders to set
clear targets and timelines for phasing down and out unabated fossil
and back that up with policies that enable a rapid scaling of clean-energy
— a sharp contrast from the outcome of COP27, which saw world leaders
backpedaling on previous stated
for a global phase-out of fossil fuels.
Published Oct 26, 2023 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST