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Going Carbon Neutral a Breeze for Philips North America with 100% Renewable Energy from Texas Wind Farm

Company expects to reduce carbon footprint by 125,000 metric tons yearly – the equivalent of CO2 produced by over 26,000 cars in one year

Andover, Massachusetts – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced Philips North America will use 100 percent renewable energy for its North American operations by the end of 2016, a major step toward its 2020 carbon neutrality ambitions announced last week at COP21. Working with EDP Renewables North America, Philips will purchase 250,000 MWh of electricity per year over the next 15 years from the Hidalgo Wind Farm in McCook, Texas, an amount equivalent to the power used at the company’s 133 sites which support over 21,000 employees in the market.  The financial details of the agreement will not be disclosed.

“At Philips, our goal is simple – to positively impact people’s health and well- being, while minimizing our impact on the environment.  This not only means making our products more ecologically efficient, it also requires that we reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” said Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America. “Our power purchase agreement will allow a brand-new wind farm to be built in Texas.  Moreover, by offsetting our North American operations with renewable energy, we will reduce the Philips global carbon footprint by 8.6 percent, support the local economy and positively impact our bottom line, demonstrating the private sector can benefit from and help drive clean energy.”

This is the latest sustainability effort in North America for Philips, which includes a 2MW wind turbine at its lighting manufacturing facility in Fall River, Massachusetts, as well as a solar farm at its Andover, Massachusetts campus.  Globally, Philips is a member of the RE100, a collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity.  Over the last 6 years (2008-2014), Philips has increased its use of renewable energy from 8 percent to 55 percent. Recognized as an industry leader in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) by scoring an “A” for performance, Philips anticipates that by using renewable energy, it will be able to further reduce its carbon footprint by 125,000 metric tons – the equivalent of CO2 produced by over 26,000 passenger cars in one year.

Philips publishes data on its sustainability activities as part of its integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance. Through its Circular Economy and Green Operations programs, Philips is driving circular thinking by focusing on sustainable consumption and production patterns. In 2014, 81 percent of Philips total industrial waste was re-used as a result of recycling and the company is on track to deliver on its 2015 ambitions.  More information available at Philips.com.

Wind Energy to Power GM’s Texas Assembly Plant

Renewable power will be used to build up to 125,000 trucks a year

Arlington, Texas – General Motors’ Arlington Assembly plant will soon be able to build up to 125,000 trucks a year using wind power from turbines whose blades span the length of a football field in diameter.

Arlington Assembly produces more than 1,200 vehicles daily, including the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. The 115 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy will be enough to manufacture more than half of the plant’s annual vehicle output.

GM signed a power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America, a fully owned subsidiary of EDP Renovaveis, for its first U.S. wind power – 30 MW of energy from the planned 250 MW Hidalgo Wind Farm in Edinburg, Texas. Fifteen of the wind farm’s 261-foot-tall turbines will generate the energy GM will use.

Arlington Assembly expects to start using the clean power during the fourth quarter of 2016, avoiding about $2.8 million in energy costs annually. Over the course of the 14-year deal, GM will avoid more than 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to the emissions of 112 million gallons of gasoline consumed.

“Our investment is helping accelerate the proliferation of clean energy in Texas and the use of wind as a reliable, renewable source of energy,” said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “Our sustainable manufacturing mindset benefits the communities in which we operate across the globe.”

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with General Motors and look forward to providing clean and more economical energy for GM’s Arlington Assembly plant in the coming years,” said EDP Renewables North America CEO Gabriel Alonso.

Renewable energy complements a robust energy efficiency program at the plant. Arlington Assembly recently met the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by reducing the energy intensity of its operations by 10 percent in five years – the second time it met the challenge. Arlington Assembly also is investing in a new paint shop that will use half the energy of the system it will replace.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, wind energy will help power three GM Mexico facilities. Once on line, the company will exceed its commitment to use 125 MW of renewable energy by 2020. GM’s investments in renewable energy to date have yielded nearly $80 million in savings.

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Procter & Gamble to Manufacture Iconic Brands Including Tide and Dawn with Wind Power

New Texas based wind farm to provide 100 percent of electricity to all P&G Fabric & Home Care plants in the United States and Canada.

  • Procter & Gamble (P&G) and EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) partner to generate wind power to meet P&G’s North American Fabric & Home Care plants’ electricity demands.
  • P&G turns the American Business Act on Climate Pledge into a reality with wind power partnership.
  • Amount of electricity generated by the wind farm would be enough to wash one million laundry loads.
  • Giant pinwheel ‘wind farm’ constructed on Capitol Hill (Washington DC) to celebrate the collaboration.

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Cincinnati, Ohio – Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced today plans to meet its electricity demands by using 100 percent wind power to make iconic Fabric & Home Care brands, such as Tide and Dawn. This is possible thanks to a new partnership with EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) which will see a new Texas based wind farm generate 370,000 MWh of electricity each year. The wind farm will be fully operational in December 2016.

The partnership was announced at the White House today, as P&G became a signatory of the ‘American Business Act on Climate Pledge’. As part of the pledge, P&G agreed to achieve 30 percent renewable energy to power its plants globally by 2020, with a long term vision to use 100 percent renewable energy. This comes on the heels of a September announcement where P&G committed to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020.

One of the key actions on the journey to rely more on renewable energy is to partner with EDF RE to build a wind farm in Cooke County, Texas. This will generate 370,000 MWh of electricity per year – enough to meet electricity demands for all of P&G’s North American Fabric & Home Care plants, where iconic brands such as Tide, Gain, Downy, Dawn, Cascade, Febreze, and Mr. Clean are produced.

The amount of power generated from the partnership will be equivalent to avoiding more than 200,000 metric tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually. This equals one percent of the national annual reduction target for electricity emissions called for in the White House Clean Power Plan.

The electricity consumption of the plants makes up about half of their total energy consumption. The electricity will be exclusively generated by wind power. The plants will also continue to use natural gas for process heating and comfort heating during winter.

Speaking about the project Shailesh Jejurikar, North America Fabric Care President, P&G, commented: “I am delighted that our collaboration with EDF RE continues to provide our consumers with their favorite, high performing brands while reducing our environmental footprint.”

He continued: “At P&G, when it comes to sustainability, actions speak louder than words and this move is a significant milestone in delivering that promise. It is incredible that the wind farm will generate enough electricity for all our P&G Fabric and Home Care plants; to put that in context: This is enough electricity to wash a million loads of laundry.”

Tristan Grimbert, CEO and President of EDF RE states: “The participation of P&G to directly procure wind power is a concrete action that demonstrates their understanding of the benefits of renewable energy. Wind not only emits zero greenhouse gas emissions, but also delivers long-term energy price stability,” he continues “P&G is leading one of the fastest growing markets in the renewable energy space and we are pleased to be their partner to reach their climate pledge goals.”

To celebrate the scale of the collaboration, P&G Fabric & Home Care and EDF RE have constructed a mini-wind farm in Washington DC. The installation is placed on the lawn in front of the Capitol Building and is made up of thousands of spinning pinwheels.

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About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About EDF RE
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s North American portfolio consists of 6 gigawatts of developed projects with 3.2 gigawatts of installed capacity throughout US, Canada, and Mexico. EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world. For more information visit: http://www.edf-re.com

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Dow to Become One of the Largest Industrial Buyers of Renewable Energy

Dow Accelerates Sustainability with New Wind Farm Agreement for Texas Facility

Midland, Michigan – As a part of Dow’s Energy Plan and its Sustainability Goals, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) has taken another step towards reducing its own carbon “footprint.” Marking milestone progress, Dow’s Energy business has signed a long-term agreement with a new wind farm, currently under development in South Texas by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy, LLC, a joint venture between MAP® and Enerverse, LLC. The wind farm, to be complete in first quarter 2016, will span nearly 35,000 acres, and will supply Dow’s Freeport Texas Manufacturing facility with 200 MW of wind power annually, equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power more than 55,000 homes.

As a direct result, Dow is the first company in the U.S. to power a manufacturing site with renewable energy at this scale, and will become the third largest corporate purchaser of wind energy in the United States. As one of the largest industrial energy consumers in the world, Dow has consistently been on the forefront of new energy technology improvements. Dow is on track to meet its 2025 renewable energy goal as part of its Sustainability Goal commitments.

“Dow is always looking for win-win solutions – good for the environment and good for business,” said Jim Fitterling, vice chairman of business operations at Dow. “By entering into this agreement, Dow is taking a serious approach to our future energy needs in Texas and cost-competitive wind energy is a great opportunity.”

“Adding large scale renewable energy to Dow’s manufacturing process is just one smart move that we can make to secure a future of sustainability, growth, and long-term competitive advantage,” said Seth Roberts, global business director of the Energy and Climate Change portfolio at Dow. “This decision also serves as a systemic hedge against both energy and power price volatility, while improving our overall carbon footprint.”

This new wind deal results from Dow’s long-term COAT vision and strategy as outlined in the Dow Energy Plan, a four pillared, global approach to Energy and Sustainability:

  • Conserve by aggressively pursuing energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Optimize, increase and diversify domestic hydrocarbon resources.
  • Accelerate the development of cost effective clean energy alternatives.
  • Transition to a Sustainable Energy Future.

As a business and sustainability leader, Dow recognizes that today’s unprecedented challenges also represent a tremendous opportunity for those who dare to envision a different future. Under Dow’s Sustainability Goals, Dow commits to continuing to reduce our own footprint, including securing 400 MW of clean power by 2025.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture.

In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.