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DaVita reaches 100% renewable-powered N.A. operations after VPPAs

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DaVita Inc., a kidney care provider, announced it reached the 100% renewable-powered North American operations milestone this Thursday, after contracting virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) with Longroad Energy.

Firstly, DaVita is a health care provider focused on transforming care delivery to improve the quality of life for patients globally. The company is one of the largest providers of kidney care services in the U.S. and has been a leader in clinical quality and innovation for more than 20 years.

The company announced its goal for going green, back in 2019. It contracted two VPPAs with Longroad Energy to construct a wind farm and a solar farm in Texas. As a result, DaVita’s share of the projects generated as much renewable energy as the amount of electricity used by its North American operations.

However, the company has expanded its commitment and now strives to be 100% renewable across its global operations by 2025. Javier Rodriguez, CEO for DaVita said about the matter. “We are ambitious and purposeful in our approach to environmental stewardship.”

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DaVita with further green committments

He also remarked. “As we celebrate this milestone towards a more sustainable Village, we’re encouraged to continue the work. That’s why we’re expanding our renewable commitment across our global operations, helping to create healthy communities around the world.”

On the other hand, the US health sector accounts for approximately 10% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions; according to government data. As a result, investments in energy efficiency as well as cleaner forms of energy; such as wind and solar, are growing in popularity as health care providers seek to reduce emissions.

In that regard, Da Vita 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 optimize energy use, among others.

Finally, DaVita set an environmental stewardship goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50% as part of its broader 2025 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals.

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