Azure Power Ranked Top 10 Global Renewable Energy Company for Sustainability by Sustainalytics

Azure | August 14, 2020

Azure Power, a leading solar power producer in India, was ranked as the 10th best renewable energy company, or in the top 16th percentile, of all global renewable power producers for sustainability by Sustainalytics. In addition, Azure Power ranked 21st, or in the top 5%, of 469 global utilities covered by Sustainalytics. Sustainalytics' ESG Risk Ratings measure company-level environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk by combining the concepts of management and exposure to arrive at an overall quantitative rating which is expressed across a risk spectrum of severe, high, medium, low or negligible. By providing an absolute measure for assessing company ESG risk, Sustainalytics' Ratings are comparable for companies in different industries.

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The industrial sector (manufacturing, mining, construction, and agriculture) is the largest energy user in the U.S., consuming about one-third of all U.S. energy demand and spending about $230 billion a year on energy alone.1,2 By 2025, this share is expected to exceed 36 percent of all U.S. energy consumption.3 Manufacturing accounts for the vast majority of industrial energy use, consuming 74 percent of industrial energy equal to 24 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. 4 Meanwhile, renewable energy, notably wind and solar, is now more affordable than it has ever been. To meet their energy needs and access power that is both cheap and clean, many manufacturers are setting corporate renewable energy and climate targets and advocating for state policies that expand options to invest in renewable energy at scale.

Spotlight

The industrial sector (manufacturing, mining, construction, and agriculture) is the largest energy user in the U.S., consuming about one-third of all U.S. energy demand and spending about $230 billion a year on energy alone.1,2 By 2025, this share is expected to exceed 36 percent of all U.S. energy consumption.3 Manufacturing accounts for the vast majority of industrial energy use, consuming 74 percent of industrial energy equal to 24 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. 4 Meanwhile, renewable energy, notably wind and solar, is now more affordable than it has ever been. To meet their energy needs and access power that is both cheap and clean, many manufacturers are setting corporate renewable energy and climate targets and advocating for state policies that expand options to invest in renewable energy at scale.

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