The Gunma Factory has switched to renewable energy sources for all its electricity use. Generated by the hydroelectricity facilities on the factory premises, this CO2-emissions-free renewable energy is produced and consumed locally. The electricity fees for the environmental added value (the increase in fees) will be utilized in future creation initiatives by Gunma Prefecture. The total amount of electricity switched over at the Gunma Factory was approximately 12.8 million kWh per year, and this initiative is projected to reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 5,000 tons. This is equivalent to the amount of CO2 absorbed by approximately 360,000 cedar trees. (A cedar tree absorbs approximately 14 kg of CO2 according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.)
Our company has also achieved 100% renewable energy use at our offices in San Jose (AAI) and Munich (AEG). With the transition to renewable energy at the Gunma Factory, our group’s renewable energy adoption rate is expected to increase from 28% in 2019 to over 50% in FY2021.
To realize a "decarbonized society," our company aims to increase our renewable energy adoption rate to over 60% by FY2030. For our domestic offices, we will drive the deployment of solar energy generation facilities as well as the adoption of other forms of renewable energy. For our offices elsewhere in Asia, we will promote the adoption of renewable energy based on availability in each respective region. We will also implement collaborative measures for CO2 emissions reduction with the supply chain.