All Epson Group Sites to Use 100% Renewable Electricity by 2023
Leads other manufacturers to convert all sites in Japan to 100% renewable electricity by the end of March 2022*
- TOKYO, Japan, March 16, 2021 -
Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has announced that its worldwide Group sites*1 will all meet their electricity needs from 100% renewable energy sources (renewable electricity) by 2023.
With growing global interest in societal issues such as the environment and energy, Epson established its Environmental Vision 2050 to express its commitment to environmental management, and subsequently rolled out various measures aimed at achieving this. The Paris Agreement subsequently established decarbonization targets, and Epson created a scenario to achieve by FY2025 science-based targets (SBT*2) aimed at achieving these goals. This scenario included the use of renewable electricity as an important theme, and Epson made plans and implemented measures to expand its use over the long term. The company has established its policy as it seeks to accelerate its plans to become a leading environmental company, and with the belief that climate change represents a serious corporate risk and that Epson must play a greater role in mitigating that risk as it rolls out its business worldwide.
Sites using 100% renewable electricity
|Before April 2020||Manufacturing sites (UK, USA (Portland))
European sales headquarters (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain)
|April 2020||3 Japanese sites including Head Office and the printer R&D center
All European sales headquarters (including UK)
|January 2021||Manufacturing plant (Philippines)|
|End of March 2022*||All Japanese sites*1|
|2023||All sites worldwide*1|
As a result of these plans, Epson has calculated it can reduce emissions of CO2 by 36,000 tonnes annually to zero by using 100% renewable electricity at all sites worldwide by 2023.
Epson global president Yasunori Ogawa said, "It's imperative that we address the global issue of climate change. Our company has been proactive about environmental issues from day one when our founders expressed their desire that we should protect the lake next to our company headquarters. And what's more we have always strongly believed in contributing to solving global environmental issues, for example, when we were the first company in the world to declare our commitment to eliminating CFCs from our operations worldwide. Going forward, we will steadily advance measures to use 100% renewable electricity. In this and other environmental activities we will continue to pursue high targets and aggressively drive forward to achieve our goals."
Dedicated to the Japanese philosophy of "monozukuri" (the art and science of manufacturing), Epson's products and services are based on unique efficient, compact and precision technologies that mitigate the environmental impacts of Epson's products and services, and at all stages of the supply chain. Through open and unique innovations, Epson plans to provide new customer value that offer both environment and economy.
*1: "All sites" referenced in this release excludes leased properties for sales offices, etc., where the amount of electricity cannot be determined.
*2: Scope 1 and 2 call for a 19% reduction in emissions by FY2025 against a benchmark of 2017.
* We corrected an error about the schedule for converting all Japanese sites to 100% renewable electricity
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than JPY 1 trillion.