Lululemon has partnered with renewable energy group Enel Green Power North America through the signing of a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA).
Lululemon will purchase the electricity delivered to the grid by a 15 MW portion of Enel Green Power’s North America Azure Sky Wind project in Texas, equivalent to the electricity used by all of Lululemon’s company-operated stores, offices, and warehouse facilities in North America.
The agreement is Lululemon’s first renewable energy VPPA and underscores the company’s investment to fuelling its Impact Agenda, it says.
Through the VPPA Lululemon will meet its renewable energy goals by aggregating the electricity load across 100% of its company-operated stores, offices, and distribution centres in North America and purchasing wind energy equivalent to the electricity needs of their operational footprint. For its operations globally, Lululemon will achieve 100% renewable electricity through renewable energy credits while continuing to look for opportunities to support net new renewable energy development in the regions it operates in. lululemon was advised on the VPPA by LevelTen Energy, which leveraged its Energy Marketplace and PPA analytics to assist the company in its project selection and negotiations.
The news helps Lululemon achieve its RE100 commitment by 2021 and make progress against its Impact Agenda goals which include Science-based Targets by 2030.
Lululemon’s Impact Agenda, launched in October 2020, details the company’s strategy to become a more sustainable and equitable business, and outlines its vision to minimise environmental impact and contribute to a healthier world.
“Lululemon is committed to helping create an apparel industry that is both sustainable and inclusive, and addresses the serious implications of climate change, including working toward a net-zero future and cutting carbon emissions across our value chain,” says Esther Speck, vice president sustainable business and impact, Lululemon. “Science clearly shows the urgent need to act now. That’s why, among others, we’ve partnered with Enel Green Power North America to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and reduce our emissions footprint. This agreement is an important milestone on our journey toward cleaner energy and a healthier planet.”
Georgios Papadimitriou, head of Enel Green Power in the US and Canada, adds: “As increasingly more retailers work to address the circularity of their operations, from product design and manufacturing to packaging and end-of-life, industry leaders like Lululemon are also prioritising renewable energy as a centerpiece of their climate and sustainability efforts.
“The agreement with Lululemon also demonstrates how companies with a distributed operational footprint can leverage solutions like VPPAs to achieve their emissions reduction goals, while also supporting the addition of new renewable energy to the electric grid.”