Companies making net zero energy by 2020 a reality

24 July 2017 Kingspan Group

In 2016, the World Green Building Council announced a very ambitious project called Advancing Net Zero. The aim of this project is for all buildings to be net zero by the year 2050.

Net zero refers to buildings that are either "net zero energy", meaning that they produce as much renewable energy on-site as they consume, or "net zero carbon", which means they produce net zero carbon emissions.

Some companies are already leading the way forward, and are aiming to have net zero energy consumption by as early as 2020.   




Back in 2013, Apple placed high priority on reducing its impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources.

More than 140 Apple Stores in the U.S. - and all of its Australian locations - are now running off 100% renewable energy.

Apple’s iCloud data centre in North Carolina has a massive solar array generating anywhere from 60% to 100% of daily energy requirements, with the remaining needs purchased in the form of biogas. This means the centre is 100% renewable. The solar array itself produces 167 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy onsite per year, enough to power 13,837 homes.


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Kingspan has set goals to achieve net zero energy consumption for all of its facilities by 2020.

Kingspan will achieve this goal through a three-pronged approach by first reducing demand, secondly generating energy through renewable sources and finally supplying remaining demand through responsible sources. 

Not only is Kingspan a leader in making net zero energy a reality, it is also a key provider of products that allow others to follow suit.

Kingspan's progress in five years:



The Swedish furniture retail giant is one of the most aggressive leaders in the campaign for a net zero energy future. IKEA’s goal is to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes in its operations by August 2020.

In order to do so, it is making a $2 billion investment in renewable energy projects, including a massive wind farm in Illinois that will produce 165% of the electricity needed to run its U.S. operations.


In 2015 Philips achieved 58% of their global electricity consumption coming from renewable sources. This covered almost all their electricity use in Europe, and the largest part of their consumption in the United States.
Since December 2016, Philips’ U.S. operations were supplied 100% with renewable electricity from its power purchase agreement at the Hidalgo Wind Farm in McCook, Texas.

Philips is committed to powering its entire operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
Kingspan’s aggregate renewable energy use was 57% of its total energy use in 2016, meaning the company is firmly on track to hit its goal, set in 2011, of operating at Net Zero Energy (NZE) by 2020. You can find out more about our journey to Net Zero here

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