Leveraging Renewable Electricity to Connect Businesses and Lead a Sustainable Society

Declaring a Transition to 100% Renewable Energy for Epson Group in 2023 is a Big Challenge for a Manufacturing Industry

Lake Suwa near the head office

Declaring a Transition to 100% Renewable Energy for Epson Group in 2023 is a Big Challenge for a Manufacturing Industry

Epson was founded near Lake Suwa, in a region blessed with great nature. To conserve rich nature to the next generations, we at Epson strive to make a contribution to the realization of a decarbonized society. One of the conservation actions taken by Epson was to announce its aim to shift to 100% renewable electricity in all of its facilities by 2023. It was a daring announcement for a manufacturer that uses a huge amount of electricity.

Inside a hydroelectric power station (photography provided by the Nagano Prefecture Enterprise Bureau)

Supporting the Development of "Renewable Energy Sources" in Addition to the Use of CO2-Free Electricity

Renewable energy refers to energy generated by natural forces such as solar and wind power. One of the efforts to achieve 100% renewable energy is the use of "Shinshu Green Electricity," a CO2-free power source provided by Chubu Electric Power Miraiz Co., Inc. In addition to procuring CO2-free electricity, Epson worked with the Nagano Prefecture Enterprise Bureau, a power supply developer, and Chubu Electric Power Mirise Co., Inc. to launch "Shinshu Green Power Supply Expansion Project". This is an effort by Epson to provide direct support to accelerating the development of renewable energy in Nagano Prefecture.

Solar panels, Seiko Epson Corporation, Ina Plant,

Some of Our Overseas Sites Have Already Achieved 100% Renewable Energy

At our overseas bases, we are already using renewable energy to power all of our production sites in the U.K. and the U.S., as well as the headquarters buildings of European sales companies in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and France*. In addition to generating its own power from mega solar power plants, the Philippine plant uses geothermal and hydroelectric power based on its regional characteristics, and the entire company is working together to realize the declaration.

  • * As of March, 2021

[Shooting Location]

Takato Dam and Takato Sakura Power Station, the Nagano Prefecture Enterprise Bureau
The Takato Dam, one of the shooting locations, is located adjacent to Takato Joshi Park, a park much loved by the local community for viewing cherry blossoms in spring. Since the park attracts many tourists, the dam is lit up during the cherry blossom viewing season.
Takato Sakura Power Station, located under the Takato Dam, began operation in April 2017 to effectively utilize Nagano Prefecture's abundant water resources and to contribute to penetration of renewable energy. The electricity generated is used inside and outside Nagano Prefecture, including a nursery school in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.