Bimbo Bakeries USA joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program encouraging companies to use green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Over 1,700 other organizations are part of this program.
BBU uses nearly 418 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use. BBU is 41st on the EPA’s National Top 100 List of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership.
“As the largest commercial bakery in the U.S, we know how important it is to be a leader in sustainability practices,” said Ramon Rivera, senior vice president, Operations at Bimbo Bakeries USA. “We are proud and honored to join the EPA’s Green Power Partnership as we work to further reduce our organization’s emissions footprint.”
By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, BBU and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain, and regional haze.
In 2018, Grupo Bimbo signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Invenergy, a privately-held developer, owner, and operator of sustainable energy solutions. The agreement provides for 100 megawatts (MW) of wind energy generated at the Santa Rita East Wind Energy Center. Grupo Bimbo’s offtake from the wind farm helps offset approximately 260,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.