Bunnings Warehouse has announced it will be switching to 100% renewable energy by 2025, ditching fossil fuels!
As the 55th largest electricity user in Australia, this change will bring about a significant change. Meeting this goal will cut their carbon emissions by 257,000 tonnes and generate around 110MW in renewable power.
Bunnings currently has 67 stores with solar systems installed, with a further 25 to have solar installed by 2021.
Many brands are announcing similar renewable energy commitments as part of a greener, sustainable future.
Bunnings joins others such as ALDI and Telstra, who have committed to be fully powered by renewables by end of 2021 and 2025. As more iconic names joins the list, the pressure grows for other well known brands like Woolworths and Coles to make their own commitments too.
Commitments like this help diminish our reliance on dirty fossil fuel energy generation, and begin poise us as leaders in the renewable energy sector. China – who burns half the world’s coal and produces 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions – has committed to ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2060. This will inevitably decrease the export demand for Australia’s coal, and more establishments will aim to switch to sustainable, renewable energy.
What do you think about companies setting public carbon neutrality commitments? Do you think large players like Bunnings need to make these commitments to encourage others to follow?