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Epson commits to 100% renewable electricity

The company has committed to renewable energy at Epson Group sites around the world

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Epson’s latest environmental measure is bringing it one step closer to its decarbonisation

Technology provider, Epson, has announced that all electricity used at Epson Group sites around the world will now be sourced from renewable sources.

Epson says this makes it the first company in the domestic manufacturing industry to complete the transition to renewable electricity at all of its worldwide sites.

The switch started in Japan where a number of industrial manufacturers are headquartered. The company committed to the switch in March 2021 and has since initiated the change throughout sites in Japan and then all remaining sites around the world.

The Epson Group consumes approximately 876 GWh3 of electricity per year. By sourcing renewables to cover this demand, Epson expects to reduce its yearly carbon dioxide emissions by around 400,000 tonnes.

Yasunori Ogawa, global president for Epson, says: “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 [Chlorofluorocarbons] 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.”

In addition to the latest change, Epson will promote the wider adoption of renewable energy and power generation. 

Ogawa concludes: “Our goal of realising 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."

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