Daifuku’s core manufacturing plant, Shiga Works, transitions to 100% renewable energy
Osaka, Japan - Daifuku Co., Ltd. has switched all of the electricity used at Shiga Works (Shiga, Japan), the company’s largest domestic manufacturing plant, to renewable energy sources, effective November 2022. This has reduced domestic Scope 1 and 2 emissions by about 60% (approximately 16% international) compared to 2018. The transition equates to an annual reduction of about 6,300 tons of CO2 emissions.
This was made possible through purchasing back the environmental added value associated with the electricity generated by the Daifuku Mega Solar (4.4 megawatt photovoltaic array operating at Shiga Works since 2013) from Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO), which previously purchased said power. As well as through purchasing the environmental added value associated with renewable energy sources using the Renewable Energy ECO Plan offered by KEPCO.
Daifuku Group facilities in Japan (Contec Headquarters) and China (Changshu plant) have also introduced photovoltaic systems. Daifuku is planning to expand the introduction of renewable energy by installing solar panels at its facilities in China (a new plant in Suzhou), South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United States in 2023 and 2024.
Comment from Hiroshi Geshiro, President and CEO, Daifuku Co., Ltd.:
Within the Daifuku Group’s Sustainability Action Plan, a three-year plan integral to both our management strategy and three-year business plan, we have positioned keeping business operations environmentally friendly as one of the material aspects, and are moving forward with reductions in our CO2 emissions. Going forward, we will continue to promote energy-saving activities, introduce photovoltaic systems, switch to renewable energy plans, and advance Group-wide efforts to realize a decarbonized society.