All Japanese 'RE100' Firms Meet Tokyo Governor

2019/06/08 17:44
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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This is the first time that all the RE100 companies have met at the same location. (source: Nikkei BP)

The Tokyo metropolitan government had the "RE100 Action Meeting" June 3, 2019, with Japan-based firms that declared the "RE100."

The purpose of the meeting is to share the advanced efforts of companies that are promoting the use of renewable energy as well as to lead the expansion of the introduction of renewable energy from the side of electricity users in cooperation with businesses.

The RE100 is an international initiative aimed at running businesses with a renewable energy ratio of 100%, and, so far, 19 companies have participated in the initiative in Japan. On the other hand, the Tokyo metropolitan government announced the "metropolitan office version of RE100," which is aimed at powering the metropolitan government office buildings with "100% renewable energy."

In the meeting, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike explained the government's renewable energy-related efforts and said, "Renewable energy will be a major environmental measure. As a region that that consumes a large amount of electricity, we will begin a renewable energy-related movement in cooperation with businesses."

When the governor was the Minister of the Environment, she advocated "Cool Biz" and popularized the energy saving of air conditioners. This time, she is considering the renewable energy version of the Cool Biz.

In the meeting, as companies that represent the RE100, Sony Corp, Toda Corp, Aeon Co Ltd and Marui Group Co Ltd announced their goals for the introduction of renewable energy and past efforts. In addition to the four companies, 15 companies declared the RE100. They are Askul Corp, Envipro Holdings Inc, Consumers Cooperative Co-op Sapporo, Konica Minolta Inc, The Johnan Shinkin Bank, Sekisui House Ltd, Daito Trust Construction Co Ltd, Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd, Tokyu Land Corp, Nomura Research Institute Ltd, Fujitsu Ltd, Fujifilm Holdings Corp, Fuyo General Lease Co Ltd, Ricoh Co Ltd and Watami Co Ltd. This is the first time that all the 19 companies have met at the same location.

"In consideration of today's announcements, the management philosophies of the RE100 companies are in harmony with the use of renewable energy," said Yukari Takamura, professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo, who acted as facilitator for the meeting. "In addition, it turned out that some companies have started to develop renewable energy on their own. I hope that the meeting will trigger the spread of such a movement from Tokyo to the entire Japan."