Sims Metal has signed up to 100 % renewable electricity for its North American operations – just in time for Earth Day!
“We’ve been steadily working towards our 2025 goal of 100 percent renewable electricity,” stated Blaise Porter, Sims Limited’s group director of sustainability and social responsibility.
“Our sites in Chicago have used renewable electricity for some time and our facilities in New Jersey, including our largest site at Jersey City, made the switch in 2022. With our most recent transaction for Green e-certified electricity consumption at all North American sites, all Sims Metal, Sims Lifecycle Services and Richmond Steel Recycling operations will be matched with certified renewable electricity.”
Certified renewable energy schemes match on an annual basis the electricity Sims consumes from the grid with electricity produced from North American renewable sources, such as wind and solar farms. Sims Limited can claim market-based Scope 2 electricity emissions as zero*, as the company moves to be a global net-zero emissions business by 2050. Sims Metal has also invested in on-site solar panels as part of achieving this goal.
Sims Metal circular economy operations in North America use more than 100,000MWh of electricity each year, the equivalent of around 9,000 homes. Using 100% renewable electricity at all operations will reduce Sims Metal emissions by more than 27,000 tonnes compared to FY20 levels. “You’d need to switch more than a million light globes to LEDs to get that same reduction” explains Porter.
“Moving to renewable electricity is a critical part of our decarbonisation plans, especially as we move towards more electric equipment in our yards” said Porter. “North America now joins all Sims Limited sites in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, India and Europe in supporting 100% renewable electricity”.
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*Using the market-based reporting methodology as per the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 Standards.