Epson switches to 100% renewable energy at all Japanese sites

Epson’s sites in Japan are now all being run with 100% renewable energy which means the company will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 250,000 tonnes each year.

The announcement came after the company was recently named by Forbes Japan as the number one sustainable company.

Epson has been pursuing a long-term environmental management policy called Environmental Vision 2050. To achieve the decarbonisation goal set forth in the Paris Agreement, Epson has positioned renewable electricity use as a priority action in its 2025 Science Based Targets achievement scenario.

In March 2021, intending to fulfill its responsibility to society, Epson announced that all global Epson Group sites, with the exception of leased sales offices, would meet their entire energy needs with 100% renewable electricity by 2023. This will enable the Epson Group to eliminate the approximately 350,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide arising from its electricity production globally every year.

Epson had planned to convert to renewable electricity at all its domestic sites by the end of the 2021 fiscal year (ending March 2022) but will achieve this ahead of schedule, meeting a milestone on the path to transitioning to 100% renewable electricity for the entire Group’s power needs. As a result, Epson forecasts that it can meet approximately 40% of the Group’s total annual electricity needs with renewable electricity in the 2021 fiscal year.

The steps towards renewable electricity:

Steps toward meeting the Epson Group’s total electricity needs with 100% renewable electricity:

  • April 1, 2021 – All sites in Nagano Prefecture, where many Epson sites are located
  • November 1, 2021 – All sites in Japan (originally planned for March 2022)
  • 2023 (plan) – All Epson sites globally

As stated in Epson’s Environmental Vision 2050, Epson seeks to become carbon negative and underground resource free. Accordingly, the company will invest approximately 100 billion yen on decarbonisation, closing the resource loop, and environmental technology development over the next 10 years out to 2030. Epson will concentrate most of its management resources on the development of products and services that help to reduce environmental impacts and that also contribute to reducing the environmental impacts of its customers.

By converting to renewable electricity earlier than scheduled, Epson will not only achieve its own environmental targets but will also help to encourage the spread of renewable electricity in society as a whole.

For more on Sustainability at Epson go to: https://global.epson.com/SR/

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