While national governments fiddle as the planet burns, businesses and consumers are taking the lead to do something to dial back greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a latest example.
PANASONIC CORPORATION has joined RE100, The Climate Group’s global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power.
By 2050, Panasonic will switch the electricity used globally in its operations to 100% renewable energy, and aim for production that does not emit CO2.
As part of its activities to promote businesses aiming for a sustainable society under this vision, the company is making a global effort to create factories that do not emit CO2 during their operation.
Specifically, in addition to energy-saving activities at factories, Panasonic is promoting the utilization of renewable energy by installing renewable energy power generation systems such as photovoltaic systems at its sites, as well as the procurement of 100% renewable electricity at its zero-CO2 model factories in Japan, Europe, and the Americas.
Renewable energy is essential for realizing zero-CO2 factories. Panasonic will further promote the use of renewable energy by joining RE100 which aims to accelerate the transition to using renewable energy globally.
Panasonic will further strengthen activities to install renewable energy power generation systems at its factories, as well as to procure renewable energy. Additionally, the company will strive to realize zero-CO2 model factories in each region worldwide and work to expand the use of renewable energy suitable to regional characteristics.
Win win message
“Panasonic’s success has been built on developing the technologies that define our future. By joining RE100 and committing to using 100% renewable electricity by 2050, Panasonic is sending a strong message that the energy landscape is evolving. Panasonic is joining a global movement of companies who are driving towards a better energy system — because it’s good for their businesses, their customers and their environment,” said Sam Kimmins (Head of RE100, The Climate Group).
RE100 is an international initiative operated by The Climate Group, an international NGO on climate change, in partnership with the CDP. It consists of companies aiming to make the electricity for their business operations 100% renewable. It has 191 member companies worldwide (as of August 2019).
IMAGERY: Compiled from District Bulletin archives.