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‘eBay is a great example to others’


eBay’s Utah complex reached “exciting milestone” of “100% renewable energy”.

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Dailycsr.com – 17 July 2019 – eBay takes it as its responsibility to support the development in the renewable energy field for it harbours the possibility to benefit the global economy. Likewise, eBay has made it a goal to “reach 100% renewable energy by 2025”.
And it says:
“As we work toward this goal, eBay participates in local utility-driven green power programs at multiple offices around the globe”.
With excitement, it revealed that in July 2019, its “Draper, Utah, office” facility will be under “100% renewable coverage” for the coming two years’ time. In this endeavour, eBay has partnered with “Rocky Mountain Power”, in short RMP, a “local utility provider”, along with its “Blue Sky program”.
Through this collaboration, eBay will be able to buy “renewable energy certificates” for offsetting its “energy usage with renewable sources” and also take part in building up of “small-scale renewable projects” in the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power. In the words of the “Draper City Mayor”, Troy Walker:
“We are impressed with eBay and the efforts the company has made to reduce their carbon footprint and support renewable energy sources. We realize the importance that sustainability plays in the future growth of Draper City. eBay is a great example to others; we are proud of this achievement.”
In fact, Rocky Mountain Power came to the Draper, Utah office of eBay to congratulate the eBay leaders by presenting them with a plaque as a token for the “company’s accomplishment”. While, the Leader of “eBay’s Salt Lake City site and eBay Customer Service for North America”, Andy Lisk added:
“Reaching 100% renewable energy is an exciting milestone for eBay Salt Lake City. We’re thrilled to partner with Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program to make this goal a reality. Our employees care deeply about the community in which we live and work and this is just another way we can make a difference - both locally and in economies around the world”.
Furthermore, the Senior Vice President of Business Policy and Development at Rocky Mountain Power, Chad Teply informed:
“Blue Sky is 100% customer-funded through volunteer participants, connecting communities together to advance the development of renewable energy in our region. We applaud eBay for this accomplishment and for its leadership in renewable energy.”
Moreover, the “Salt Lake City-area data center” eBay has been given the “ENERGY STAR® for Data Centers Label in 2018” in recognition to its “efficient design and operations”. The same facility is also taking part in the “Blue Sky program” which forms part of the company’s “larger strategy” to run that facility on “100% renewable energy”.
Here is a list of information about eBay’s sustainable ventures, as mentioned by eBay:
  • eBay is a member of RE100.
  • As reported in our 2018 Progress Update, we have secured 50% of our electricity from renewable sources for our data centers and offices, up from 45% in 2017.
  • eBay is also a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a standalone membership organization to support non-utility, nonresidential renewable procurement.
  • Since 2013, eBay has been a member of the Future of Internet Power, an initiative that brings together companies to address challenges and collaborate on solutions that will enhance the ability to procure renewable energy to power data centers.