Global food company General Mills has signed up to purchase wind from the 150 MW Cactus Flats project, a wind farm being developed by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in Concho County, Texas.
Under a 15-year agreement, the Minneapolis-based company – whose brands include Cheerios, Annie’s, Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and more – will purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) for 100 MW of the project.
The RECs will enable General Mills to reduce its Scope 2 emissions as part of the company’s target of sustainable emission levels across its global value chain by 2050. Last year, General Mills says it reduced the greenhouse-gas emissions of its extended value chain by 2% versus 2015.
“As we help mitigate the impacts of climate change, investing in wind energy is the right thing to do,” comments John Church, executive vice president of supply chain at General Mills. “This investment is another step towards reducing our energy footprint and achieving sustainable emission levels – in line with scientific consensus – by 2050.”
General Mills says its investment will also help fund the construction of the wind farm, which is expected to create 250 jobs during the peak of its construction.