Epson has announced it will join RE100, a global initiative driving the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.
This follows Epson’s March announcement that its worldwide Group sites will all meet their electricity needs from 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2023.
Yasunori Ogawa, Epson global president, says, “Epson is proud to join RE100 at this special time. Joining this important initiative expresses our strong commitment to 100 per cent renewable electricity. In addition, it affirms our intent to helping to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. We hope it encourages our customers and business partners to also make the switch. Moreover, we will use this opportunity to work with partners worldwide to help them achieve this.”
100 per cent renewable ‘300 moment’
The announcement comes as RE100 announces its ‘300 moment’, bringing the number of member organisations to exactly 300. Joining other environmental leaders in RE100 illustrates Epson’s commitment to achieving SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, and SDG 13 Climate Action.
Aleksandra Klassen, senior impact manager RE100, The Climate Group, says, “I am delighted to welcome Epson to RE100. By committing to 100 per cent renewable electricity, Epson joins over 50 Japanese companies driving market change. This sends a powerful message that renewable electricity makes good business sense, and we encourage others to follow. Similarly, to benefit from the growing corporate investment opportunity, we urge governments to remove barriers and match business ambition. They can do this by increasing their national renewable energy targets.”
Growing global interest in societal issues such as the environment and energy, saw the Paris Agreement establish decarbonisation targets. After that, Epson created a scenario to achieve science-based targets, by FY2025, aimed at reaching these goals. This scenario includes the use of renewable electricity as an important theme. Epson has made plans and implemented measures to expand its percentage use of renewable energy over the long term.