Aiming to use only renewable electricity across the entire company, Asics has joined RE100, the global environmental initiative composed of member firms committed to relying solely on renewable energy for their electricity needs in business activities.
RE100 is an environmental initiative run by NGO the Climate Group in partnership with the non-profit CDP. The initiative is composed of companies in a wide range of sectors, including information technology and automobile manufacturing, that aim to use solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal and other renewable electricities in their business activities.
“Joining RE100 is one step forward to achieve our target, net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050,” Yasuhito Hirota, chief operating officer and president of Asics Corporation, said. “We are committed to take actions on climate change and limit the global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius so that people can enjoy sports in a sustainable environment, which is a base of our sustainable management. Going forward, we will continue to act for future generations to achieve a sound mind in a sound body and address the climate change.”
Asics has set a target of raising the use of renewable energy to at least 60 percent at its business bases by 2030. Its global headquarters in Kobe, Japan; the European headquarters in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and the Asics Institute of Sport Science in Kobe have already achieved 100 percent renewable electricity use, the company said.
Asics will continue to promote renewable energy at all business locations and stores to achieve the goal. Last year, Asics announced the commitment to set science-based emissions reduction targets to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, towards a net-zero future by 2050. Currently, Asics has aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at business locations 38 percent from 2015 levels by 2030.
ASICS will continue to promote sustainability in all business areas in order to contribute to realizing a sustainable society.