Healthcare company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on Friday its entire operations in Ireland are now powered by electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources through an eight-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted.
Over the lifetime of the agreement, Ørsted energy company will supply the company’s 10 sites with more than 1 terawatt-hour (TWh) of renewable energy from two wind farms located in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, and Booltiagh Co Clare.
This amount of clean energy, it said, “is equivalent to avoiding the carbon emissions from more than 136,759 cars on Irish roads, or the electricity consumption of powering 528.8 million smartphones, recycling 134,898 tonnes of waste instead of going to landfill or planting 6.6 million trees”.
The long-term nature of this PPA makes it possible for Ørsted to invest in its development and repowering strategy to construct more renewable generation in the future, it added – and aligns with Johnson & Johnson’s recent execution of three separate virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) in Europe.
Speaking during a visit to J&J’s DePuy Synthes site in Ringaskiddy Co Cork, Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcomed the agreement. “Johnson & Johnson has embraced its environmental responsibilities globally, but also here in Ireland, and this agreement will help the company to achieve its wider climate goals. We are at a crucial point in the global fight against climate change and initiatives like this should become the benchmark for all companies to aspire to,” he added.
Source: Irish Times
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