DaVita has recently become the first kidney care provider to completely power its North American operations with renewable energy, according to a press release from the company.
DaVita achieved this goal, which it set in 2019, by contracting with Longroad Energy on two virtual power purchase agreements (PPAs) to construct a wind farm and a solar farm in Texas. DaVita’s share of the projects has generated as much renewable energy as the amount of electricity used by its North American operations, the release states.
In expanding its commitment to renewable energy usage, DaVita is now striving to be 100% renewable across its global operations by 2025.
Since announcing its initial renewable energy goal in 2019, DaVita has made several strides toward reducing its carbon footprint, including:
- Reducing the amount of carbon used per dialysis treatment by 19%, compared to a 2015 baseline
- Installing more than 320 building management systems to optimise energy use
- Upgrading more than 1,200 dialysis centres with energy-efficient LED lighting
- Diverting more than 673,706 pounds of electronic waste from landfills since 2015 and more than 6,360,182 pounds of construction waste from landfills since 2018
- Certifying its newest business office as LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) platinum
Additionally, DaVita has set an environmental stewardship goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50% as part of its broader 2025 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.