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Sonoco and ENGIE Announce 140 Megawatt Virtual Power Purchase Agreement

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (News release) -- Sonoco Products Company, one of the largest global sustainable packaging companies, and ENGIE North America ("ENGIE") announced that they have entered into a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement ("VPPA") for production from ENGIE's Big Sampson Wind Project ("Big Sampson"), a wind power project currently under construction in Crockett County, Texas.

Under the VPPA and subject to certain conditions, Sonoco and ENGIE have agreed to contract for an estimated 140 megawatts of electricity per year, representing approximately 48% of Sonoco's U.S. electricity consumption in 2025 and approximately 52% of the expected output capacity of Big Sampson, for a term of 15 years commencing upon Big Sampson's entry into commercial operation.

The VPPA represents another step in Sonoco's integrated approach to corporate sustainability. The Company aims to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 25% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline through various corporate initiatives, including improved packaging design, installing energy-efficient equipment and procuring renewable energy sources. The VPPA is an example of these efforts, with renewable energy credits acquired under the VPPA expected to help reduce Sonoco's baseline carbon emissions by approximately 14%.

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