Samsung commits to 100 percent renewable energy
On Thursday 14 June, Samsung Electronics announced its commitment to completely transition to renewable energy in its offices, factories, and operational facilities in the US, China and Europe by the year 2020.
Samsung is the second major electronics company to commit to 100 percent renewable energy, Apple being the first which made the decision to go entirely green, earlier this year.
Google, another example, is offsetting all of its operational energy through wind and solar, and Amazon Wind Farm Texas adds over 1 million megawatt hours of clean energy to the grid annually.
The plan, which is expected to see the transition complete by 2020, will support the local government of Korea’s (Samsung’s home base) national strategic plan to increase the country's renewable energy use by 20 percent by 2030.
In its home in Korea, Samsung plans to install 42,000 meters of solar panels at its headquarters and will continue to add approximately 21,000 meters of solar arrays and geothermal power generation facilities beginning in 2019 at its satellite campuses in Pyeongtaek and Hwaseong. Together, that would allow Samsung to create enough electricity from solar to power the equivalent of 115,000 four-person Korean households for a year, the company reported.
"Samsung Electronics is fulfilling its duty as a corporate citizen by expanding and supporting the use of renewable energy," said Won Kyong Kim, Samsung Electronics' executive vice president and head of global public affairs.
This move was welcomed by environmental organisations, who called on Samsung to set a renewable energy goal for its operations and its supply chain.
“Samsung's announcement is a major step forward for the movement to build a renewably powered future," said Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International's executive director. Samsung is also planning to work with its top 100 partner companies to assist them in setting their own renewable energy targets, in partnership with the CDP's (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) supply chain programme, which the company intends to join next year.
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