What’s the story?
Greenpeace Australia Pacific has been campaigning to get Big Businesses to tackle plastic pollution and commit to renewable energy on a global scale. The environmental group’s REenergise campaign calls on some of Australia’s biggest electricity-using companies to make the switch to 100% renewable electricity, because it’s better for the environment, and it’s better for the bottom line.
So far, Woolworths, Telstra, Asahi Superdry, Bunnings, Aldi and Officeworks have all committed to 100% renewable energy by 2025 and this week, Coca-Cola Amatil joined the club. The beverage company shared the update amongst a number of other sustainability announcements that made up the company’s 2020-2040 Sustainability Strategy, which also included a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2040.
Why is this good news for the planet?
Greenpeace Australia welcomed the news in a media release, with REenergise Campaign Director Lindsay Soutar saying:
“Greenpeace is the last organisation you’d expect to find cheering on an announcement from Coca-Cola Amatil. But in this instance we think they’re doing the right thing by switching to 100% renewables, and committing to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.”
“Coca-Cola Amatil is one of Australia’s major energy users. Coke committing to 100% renewable electricity will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and put pressure on other major businesses to make the switch.”
“As our Federal leaders dither over an inadequate net-zero by 2050 emissions reduction target, they’re being out-run by Australian businesses who are rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, and setting net zero goals for ten years earlier. When even Coca-Cola’s doing more for the environment than our government is, it shows it’s time for Australia to up its climate ambition.”
In a Tweet this week, Greenpeace also said that by making this commitment to renewable energy, these businesses “will cut carbon pollution, drive clean energy & put pressure on other major businesses to do the same”, although the organisation also added “we’re not letting Coke off the hook on issues like plastic pollution and climate”.
Soutar added: “While this is a welcome step, Coca-Cola Amatil still has a lot of work to do on its environmental impact, such as banning single use plastic drink bottles, one of the biggest contributors to harmful plastic pollution.”
The action you can take
According to REenergise, these are the three things you can do right now to nudge some of Australia’s biggest companies to go 100% renewable:
- Sign this petition calling on Australia’s biggest companies to make the switch to 100% renewables!
- Send other major electricity using companies a direct message by clicking their company profile on our website and hitting “Take Action.”
- Share the campaign on your social media channels to build momentum.