UPM Raflatac, a manufacturer of label materials, has announced that its factory in Mills River, N.C., is now sourcing 100% of its electrical supply with renewable energy.
The facility’s electrical supply is generated entirely by renewable sources through Duke Energy’s NC Renewable Energy Program, a renewable energy credit (REC)-buying service for large customers.
“Through our REC program, Duke Energy is working with large customers to secure renewable energy credits that will quicken their goal to promote a greener energy mix,” explains Christy Daniel, Duke Energy’s managing director of renewable customer solutions and programs. “Our knowledge of the energy market can help companies like UPM Raflatac achieve this in a cost-effective way.”
The use of renewable electricity – e.g., wind, solar and hydro – is a key component of UPM Raflatac’s Biofore Site program, which aims to improve the sustainability performance of the company’s manufacturing sites.
“We are proud to be North Carolina’s first manufacturing facility to boast 100 percent renewable electricity use,” says Ari Salminen, general manager of UPM Raflatac’s Mills River factory. “It is just one way, we are labeling a smarter future beyond fossils and leading the way for positive change in our state.”