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How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

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How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

According to the Renewable Energy Policy Network, about 22.1% of the world’s energy needs are satisfied by renewable energy. Hydro power accounts for most of this (16.4%) and the remainder (5.7%) comes from solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable sources.

While many governments are undertaking initiatives to keep the percentage share of renewable energy sources increasing, there are also some large global brands that are helping lead the charge to a greener economy. Today’s infographic covers these brands and the business moves they have made to ensure a smaller footprint.

Microsoft has committed to being carbon-neutral since 2013. To help with this initiative, the company has made several 20-year deals to buy wind-generated power including from a 175 MW wind project in Illinois and a 110 MW project in Texas.

Sony plans to have a zero environmental footprint by 2050, and already uses 100% renewable energy for its CD manufacturing in Austria. The company is also targeting to reduce the annual energy consumption of its products by 30% by 2020.

Google has been carbon-neutral since 2007, and buys carbon credits to offset its emissions. The company plans to be eventually using renewable energy for 100% of its supply, and is 35% of the way there. They are in the process of investing $2 billion in renewable energy projects.

Ikea, the furniture giant, has set 2020 as the year it plans to become 100% powered by renewable energy. The Swedish company has already committed €1.5 billion to solar and wind energy, including investment in wind farms in at least nine countries.

Lastly, Walmart has committed to procuring 7 billion kWh of energy from renewable sources by 2020, and it claims it is already 32% of the way there. Walmart currently has more than 335 renewable energy projects in operation or development throughout the world.

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Ranked: Electric Vehicle Sales by Model in 2023

Today, electric vehicle sales make up 18% of global vehicle sales. Here are the leading models by sales as of August 2023.

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The Highest Electric Vehicle Sales, by Model

Ranked: Electric Vehicle Sales by Model in 2023

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are gaining momentum, reaching 18% of global vehicle sales in 2023.

As new competitors bring more affordable options and new performance features, the market continues to mature as customers increasingly look to electric options.

This graphic ranks the top-selling EVs worldwide as of August 2023, based on data from CleanTechnica.

The Best Selling EVs in 2023 (Through August)

Below, we show the world’s best selling fully electric vehicles from January to August 2023:

ModelCountryVehicles Sold
(Jan-Aug 2023)
Tesla Model Y🇺🇸 U.S.772,364
Tesla Model 3🇺🇸 U.S.364,403
BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus🇨🇳 China265,688
BYD Dolphin🇨🇳 China222,825
GAC Aion S🇨🇳 China160,693
Wuling HongGuang Mini EV🇨🇳 China153,399
GAC Aion Y🇨🇳 China136,619
VW ID.4🇩🇪 Germany120,154
BYD Seagull🇨🇳 China95,202

As we can see, Tesla‘s Model Y still holds a comfortable lead over the competition with 772,364 units sold. That’s more than double the sales of the #2 top selling vehicle, Tesla’s Model 3 (364,403)

But it’s hard to ignore the rising prevalence of Chinese EVs. The next five best selling EV vehicles are Chinese, including three from BYD. The automaker’s Atto 3 (or Yuan Plus, depending on market), is being sold in various countries including Germany, the UK, Japan, and India.

Meanwhile, Chinese automaker GAC Group also had two models of its Aion EV brand make the rankings, with the Aion S selling 160,693 units so far.

Regional market strength is also clear. For Volkswagen’s ID.4 model (120,154 units sold), Europe and China account for the majority of sales.

Given growing cost efficiencies and changing consumer behavior, global EV sales are projected to make up half of new car sales globally by 2035, according to forecasts from Goldman Sachs.

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