Johnson & Johnson to switch Jacksonville operation to all solar energy – Jacksonville Business Journal – Jacksonville Business Journal
Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Jacksonville headquarters will be powered entirely by solar power by 2022, part of a deal the contact lens manufacturer signed with JEA.
The switch to solar means all Acuvue contact lens will be made using renewable energy: The company’s operation in Limerick, Ireland, is completely powered by wind.
Transitioning the Jacksonville facility to solar was a natural evolution, said Gaspar Zuniga, Acuvue’s vice president of supply chain.
“Sustainability is a major part of our commitment and agenda,” said Gaspar Zuniga, Acuvue’s vice president of supply chain. “Understanding solar, wind power (and) how we (are) reducing packaging. That’s been part of what we do for a long time.”
Johnson & Johnson is looking to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality across all its operations by 2030,
“In order to live into our purpose, you need to have a world that is worth seeing,” Zuniga said. “We committed to this. It’s important to our customers and patients that anything we can do to help the environment, and reduce our emissions, shows we are living in our credo.”
The company touts that it has reduced the packaging on some of its products up to 60%, all while transitioning to sustainability materials for its packaging. Acuvue’s internal research found nearly a third of the respondents noted the pandemic has made them more worried about climate change.
“This is becoming more and more important to everyone,” Zuniga said. “It comes from consumers. This is in the mind of every consumer we work with. Everyone understands the importance of improving.”
According to the U.S. Energy information Administration, 11 % of the all the energy consumed in the country comes from renewable sources. Of the 11.4 quadrillion British thermal units that are produced by renewable sources, only 9% comes from solar energy.
Wind is the most popular renewable energy source in the county. However, it pales in comparison to the amount of energy produced by coal, natural gas and petroleum.