HSBC Joins RE100 In Wake Of $100 Billion Commitment To Fight Climate Change

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

A day after London-based financial services giant HSBC pledged to provide $100 billion in sustainable financing investment by 2025 to combat climate change, the bank has joined forces with RE100 alongside its commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

On Monday, HSBC announced five new commitments the company will take to “tackle climate change and support sustainable growth in the communities it serves” that included providing $100 billion in sustainable investments through 2025 as well as committing to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Unsurprisingly, therefore, a day later it was revealed that HSBC had also joined the RE100 initiative, a collaborative and global initiative designed at promoting and supporting businesses in transitioning to 100% renewable energy. HSBC therefore becomes the 114th member of RE100, which is run by The Climate Group and CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project).

HSBC has committed to sourcing 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, with an interim target of 90% by 2025. HSBC will be working to sign long-term Power Purchase Agreements with renewable energy suppliers while also supporting the development of new renewable energy facilities.

Further, HSBC has committed to ceasing any and all financing for new coal-fired power plants in developed markets, and of thermal coal mines worldwide. The bank will also adopt the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures to improve transparency.

“HSBC are demonstrating climate leadership by committing to 100% renewable electricity in their own operations, as well as re-orienting their investment decisions,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group. “As well as being a good business investment, focusing entirely on long-term PPAs and measures that support the development of renewable electricity infrastructure means HSBC are actively bringing more renewable energy online.”

“Joining RE100 is an opportunity to actively collaborate with various players in the market,” added Andy Maguire, Group Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Holdings plc.

“We plan on working closely with RE100, other corporates, governments and regulators to open up renewable energy markets and support the decentralization of power generation across our operational centers. This will enable HSBC and other corporates to develop PPAs globally and support the transition to a low-carbon economy and 2-degree world.”

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Latest CleanTechnica TV Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

Joshua S Hill

I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, and I believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I also write for Fantasy Book Review (, and can be found writing articles for a variety of other sites. Check me out at for more.

Joshua S Hill has 4403 posts and counting. See all posts by Joshua S Hill