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2020/04/16

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  • Sustainability

Kao Had Succeeded in Having 50% of All Electricity that the Company Purchases in Japan Generated from Renewable Energy Sources as of the End of 2019

Kao is working actively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are the main cause of global warming, and has set itself the target of reducing its global greenhouse gas emissions, from all global Kao business sites , by 22% by the year 2030 (compared to 2017).*1 As part of the measures being taken to achieve this goal, Kao has been installing photovoltaic (solar power) electricity generating facilities for its own use, and is also shifting over to renewable energy for the electric power that the company purchases from suppliers.
Regarding electricity purchased from suppliers, Kao has set a goal of purchasing only electricity that has been generated from renewable energy sources, within Japan by 2025 and globally by 2030, and is taking steps to realize this goal. As of December 2019, renewable energy's share of Kao's purchased electricity had reached 50% in Japan and 31% globally.*2 Furthermore, at 14 Kao plants―including 4 in Japan,*3 9 in Europe,*4 and 1 in the USA*5 ―the percentage of purchased electricity that is generated from renewable energy sources has reached 100%.
In the future, Kao will continue to proactively implement measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • * 1 This target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
  • * 2 The corresponding figures for December 2018 were 32% in Japan and 19% globally.
  • * 3 The Ehime Plant, Kawasaki Plant, Toyohashi Plant and Fuji Plant.
  • * 4 This figure includes one plant in the UK (Bishop's Stortford), six plants in Spain (Barberà del Valles, Olesa de Montserrat, Mollet del Vallès, Rubí, Madrid, and Valencia), and two plants in Germany (Darmstadt and Emmerich).
  • * 5 The Cincinnati Plant.

Kao's Toyohashi Plant (left) and Fuji Plant (right), both of which had raised the percentage of electricity purchased from suppliers that is generated using renewable energy to 100% by July 2019

About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 33,000 people worldwide and has 130 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.

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