AXA announced today that it has signed a ten-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with IGNIS, a Spanish integrated renewable energy group. A VPPA makes it possible both to contribute to the equivalent of all or part of a consumer's energy needs and to supply the grid with renewable electricity.
The contract signed by AXA concerns a solar power plant in Spain, in the Andalusia region, where construction will begin shortly, with the objective of being operational by May 2025.
Under the agreement, AXA undertakes to purchase 90% of the renewable electricity produced by this future power plant, i.e. 84 GWh per year. This is equivalent to the electricity consumption of the buildings and data centers of the Group's European entities.
Schneider Electric, the leading advisor on global corporate renewable energy procurement, supported AXA in the selection of their projects and negotiations in the VPPA.
"The energy consumption of our buildings and the digital sector currently account for the largest share of the carbon footprint associated with our own operations. The environmental impact of this contract will be significant, as 75% of the electricity consumed by the Group's buildings and data centers is located in Europe. By signing a VPPA on this scale, AXA is confirming its climate ambitions by decarbonizing, among other things, its activities in these areas."
~ Alexander Vollert, Group Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer AXA Group Operations
"Thanks to this new initiative, AXA will further exceed its target of reducing CO2 emissions from its operations by 20% by 2025. By promoting the development of renewable electricity in the European mix, AXA is further demonstrating its full commitment for the transition to a low-carbon economy.
~ Ulrike Decoene, Group Chief Communication, Brand & Sustainability Officer, AXA
This article originally appeared in AXA Group Operation's newsroom. You can view it here.