Climate change has become a major global issue. As such, the Kao Group is working to reduce the environmental impact of our production and distribution bases worldwide by installing solar panels, purchasing zero CO2 emissions electricity, and introducing energy-saving equipment.
In Japan, the Kao Group’s first mega solar power generator (1500 kW capacity) was installed at the Tochigi Plant. Solar panels have also been introduced at the Toyohashi Plant and Ehime Plant, as well as at the Sumida Kita Logistics Center and Atsugi Logistics Center.
Furthermore, we have introduced solar power generation at our production bases in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, and the United States. As a result, in 2019 we were able to generate 4,169 MWh of electricity in-house and reduce our CO2 emissions by 2,030 tons worldwide.
We are also actively working to purchase more renewable electricity. In 2015, Molton Brown UK, In 2016, Kao Germany and Kao Chemicals Germany managed to fulfill their electricity needs with 100% renewable energy. In 2019, Kao Spain, Kao Chimigraf (Spain), and Kao USA also joined this trend, making all of our main European and US production sites completely powered by renewable electricity.
Additionally, in 2018, we began using electricity created via hydropower generation and purchasing renewable energy certificates to procure renewable electricity for our operations in Japan. At the end of 2019, 50% of our electricity purchased in Japan was sourced via renewable energy.
Thanks to these measures, renewable energy now accounts for 31% (as of the end of 2019) of our global power consumption. This has resulted in approximately a 95,000-ton annual reduction in our CO2 emissions.
Kao Chemicals Germany has been purchasing renewable electricity since 2016
Kao’s Tochigi Plant introduced solar power generation in 2019
Kao will continue to actively promote the use of renewable energy worldwide.
At the Atsugi Logistics Center, which began operations in 2013, we have introduced solar power generation and switched to using LEDs in all of the lighting. Atsugi Logistics Center earned the A-ranking of CASBEE Kanagawa (Kanagawa Prefecture’s Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency) by actively reducing overall environmental impact such as Exterior Insulation and Heat Shielding Pavement.
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