DEERFIELD, ILL. — Mondelez International, Inc. has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power North America, its largest renewable energy partnership and its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in the United States. As part of the agreement, Mondelez will purchase the energy generated by a 65 MW (megawatt) portion of Enel’s 497 MW Roadrunner solar farm in Uptown county, Texas. According to Mondelez, the energy generated by the 65 MW portion of the farm is enough to produce more than 50% of all the Oreo cookies consumed in the United States each year.
“Our ambition is to create a future where people and planet thrive by reducing the environmental impact of the snacks we make,” said Glen Walter, executive vice-president and president North America, Mondelez International. “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from our manufacturing footprint around the world, as well as specifically in North America. Together with our broader goals to eradicate deforestation in key ingredient supply chains, it forms a critical element of our sustainable snacking strategy and our contribution to creating a sustainable future.”
Mondelez said the partnership will allow it to reduce 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, which is about 5% of the company’s global manufacturing emissions.