Seiko Epson Corporation has announced that as of December 2023, all electricity used at Epson Group sites around the globe is derived from renewable sources.
Epson shared that this makes it the first in the domestic manufacturing industry to complete the transition to renewable electricity at all of its sites worldwide, including Japan.
Back in March 2021, it announced that it would make this switch by 2023, and by November 2021, the switch was completed in Japan, followed by an on-schedule global switch at the end of last year.
The Epson Group shared that it consumes approximately 876 GWh3 of electricity per year, and by sourcing renewable energy to cover these requirements, it expects its annual carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 400,000 tonnes.
Epson also shared that it aims to promote the broader adoption of renewable energy, including by generating more of its own power and by supporting the development of new power sources through co-creation.
Further, it shared that it will reduce the amount of energy associated with production and products and will pursue further resource circulation advances to become carbon-negative.
Global President Yasunori Ogawa commented: “For eight decades, Epson has demonstrated a proactive approach to environmental action. We have maintained the founder’s commitment to preserving the cleanliness of nearby Lake Suwa and became the world’s first company to eliminate CFCs from our manufacturing processes. Now we have successfully completed the switch to 100% renewable electricity at all Epson Group sites in just two years and ten months since declaring our commitment to doing so in 2021. This will not only help us to achieve our own goals but will also help to facilitate a broader adoption of renewable electricity within society by spreading awareness. Our goal of realizing social sustainability is a bigger issue, one fraught with difficulty, but we will act with determination to address the issues with a spirit of creativity and challenge.”