JPMorgan Chase gradually and thoughtfully increased their commitment to sustainability for over a decade. When one of the world’s largest banks thinks about sustainability – it’s not just as an employer with a global real estate portfolio of 75 million square feet of space, which is approximately 27 times the square footage of the office space at the Empire State Building – but also as a financial services company helping its clients better manage sustainability challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.
As part of the comprehensive strategy that we’ve built over time to advance environmentally sustainable solutions for clients and our own operations, JPMorgan Chase has put a stake in the ground – committing to source renewable power for 100 percent of its energy needs by 2020 and to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025. This commitment – the largest made by a global financial institution – builds on JPMorgan Chase’s leadership and long-standing efforts to advance sustainability in our business and operations.
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Here is what our two new commitments – Renewable Energy and Clean Financing – mean in practice.
We are committed to using renewable energy for 100 percent of our energy needs – that includes offices and operations in more than 60 countries across over 5,500 properties. Here’s how we plan to achieve this goal.
- Installing On-Site Renewable Energy: We will be developing on-site solar power generation for up to 1,400 bank-owned retail and 40 commercial buildings globally. One example includes the on-site solar installation at JPMorgan Chase’s Polaris Corporate Center in Columbus, Ohio. This is the firm’s largest single-tenant office in the world. The solar installation could comprise up to approximately 20 megawatts (MW) of capacity – enough to power the equivalent of 3,280 homes – to offset 65 percent of on-site power usage.
- Executing Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Energy: We will use the strength of the company’s global reach and expertise in the renewable power sector to support the development of new renewable energy projects on the grids from which JPMorgan Chase purchases power. As a first step, JPMorgan Chase’s Global Real Estate and Global Commodities divisions executed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. to support the development of the Buckthorn wind farm, a 100 MW project in Erath County, Texas. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2017 and will provide electricity for approximately 75 percent of the firm’s power consumption in Texas and 13 percent of overall consumption in the U.S. The project created about 190 clean energy construction jobs and will produce enough renewable energy annually to power the equivalent of 29,300 homes.
- Reducing Energy Consumption: As just one example, we are conducting the world’s largest LED lighting installation in partnership with Current, powered by GE. About 4,500 Chase branches will install new lighting technologies, cutting total energy consumption by 15 percent. We have retrofitted 2,500 branches to date with LED lighting for a total of 1.4 million new light bulbs, cutting Chase’s lighting energy consumption by 50 percent, or the equivalent of taking nearly 27,000 cars off the road.
JPMorgan Chase has facilitated and advised on some of the largest clean financings and strategic transactions in the renewable energy sector. We are now making the largest commitment by a global financial institution by facilitating $200 billion in clean financing by 2025. This includes:
- Advising clients on leading strategic transactions and capital raises in the renewable energy sector. As just one example, JPMorgan Chase advised Dong Energy, a global leader in offshore wind, on its USD $3.0 billion Initial Public Offering in 2016.
- Financing and providing risk management solutions for clients’ renewable energy projects and companies to facilitate new energy, technology, transportation, waste management, and water treatment. JPMorgan Chase provided nearly $2 billion in tax equity for wind, solar and geothermal projects in 2016.
- Underwriting debt with a sustainable use of proceeds for municipal, corporate and multilateral clients. These transactions totaled nearly $15 billion in 2016. Projects in 2017 include serving as active bookrunner on Apple’s $1.0 billion green bond offering in June.
- Supporting clients’ sustainability initiatives JPMorgan Chase provides industry-leading research and publishes reports on environmental, social, and governance issues. We share insights and best practices on sustainability with our corporate and investor clients to advance efforts globally.