Jaguar Land Rover has signed an agreement with EDF Energy to buy 100% of its UK electricity from renewable sources up to March 2020.
The supply is backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO), meaning a proportion of EDF Energy’s renewable energy is ring-fenced specifically for the company. The REGO scheme certifies the proportion of supply that comes from renewable generation, which Jaguar Land Rover’s case is 100%.
Ian Harnett, executive director of human resources and global purchasing at JLR said: “Our future is low-carbon, clean and efficient. Our programme to reduce our burden on the National Grid doesn’t end here: we seek continual improvements, both in how we can reduce energy consumption further and how to minimise our carbon emissions. Our aim is to give our customers an assurance that the company’s electricity will come from renewable sources: those being in addition to the solar array at our Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe”.
Béatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy, said: “EDF Energy is pleased to announce that we will continue to supply Jaguar Land Rover with 100% renewable electricity for the next three years. Jaguar Land Rover is a valued partner of EDF Energy – we share a strong focus on sustainability and are very proud to support Britain’s biggest car maker in achieving their low-carbon ambitions”.
The agreement is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s wider sustainability programme, which has seen a reduction in the energy per vehicle produced of over 38% at its UK manufacturing plants and more than 50,000 tonnes of press shop aluminium waste reclaimed in one year, up to April 2016, enough to make around 200,000 Jaguar XE body shells, preventing more than half a million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.