Hershey’s big environmental plans include two utility-scale solar PPAs

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The Hershey Co. announced a slew of commitments to advance its environmental progress and contribute to global climate action. In 2019, the company committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to audit its operations and develop targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the best available climate science. These announcements were the result of that process.

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“I can tell you that they will be in Texas and North Carolina,” a spokesperson tells us. “We have just signed onto these projects and are working through the details with the developers.”

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“Climate change is one of the most urgent threats to our planet that we face today. In order to deliver on our purpose to make more moments of goodness, we must operate with sustainability at the forefront and commit to doing our part to address climate change,” said Michele Buck, The Hershey Company President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue to use our scale and apply the full force of our business to reduce our greenhouse emissions and drive climate action forward.”

In our world, the big news is the signing of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) that will enable the construction of two new utility-scale solar farms. Additional energy efficiency projects are being pursued around the world, and the company will continue on its path towards an increasing reliance on clean and renewable energy across all operations. These efforts, along with others, are expected to reduce Hershey’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% by 2024.

To drive this commitment forward, each Hershey location around the world has designated an Energy Champion, responsible for implementing carbon savings, meeting energy conservation goals, promoting employee engagement, and identifying opportunities for energy reduction and efficiencies.

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