Friday, April 19, 2024

Brazil’s Embraer to power its operations with 100% renewable electricity

To tackle emissions from the transport industry, many players in various mobility sectors are committing to 100% emission-free operations. Embraer, one of the global aviation leaders, has taken an important step in that direction.

The Brazilian aerospace manufacturer has signed an electricity purchase agreement that ensures 100% of the electricity acquired by the company in Brazil will be from renewable sources as of 2024. This means Embraer has brought its public commitment set initially for 2025 forward by one year.

With the acquisition of the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) for 2024, Embraer will zero its carbon emissions in Brazil, starting to buy all the electricity it uses from solar and wind sources, in addition to contributing to the growth of the renewable energy market. The result will be a significant reduction of its carbon emissions, on the way to becoming entirely carbon-neutral. Last year, Embraer consumed about 170,000 MWh globally, most of this (67%) in Brazil.

This is a milestone for the company and reinforces Embraer’s commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices in its transition to a low-carbon business model. In August 2021, the company announced ESG targets as part of its commitment to a sustainable future.

The targets include carbon-neutral operations by 2040, the use of 100% renewable energy by 2025 in Brazil, which has just been brought forward to 2024, and global operations by 2030, as well as increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the development of low-carbon technologies and products, such as electric, hybrid, SAF, and hydrogen propulsion.