09.10.2019

“RE Action – Declaring 100% Renewable” Launched A New Leadership Framework for Small and Medium Enterprises and Other Organizations

The Green Purchasing Network (GPN), ICLEI Japan (ICLEI), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP) jointly launched “RE Action – Declaring 100% Renewable” on 9 October 2019. This initiative targets and supports local governments, educational and medical institutions, and small to medium-sized enterprises to declare conversion to 100% renewable electricity.

In Japan, there is an increasing interest in RE100[i], the global corporate leadership initiative bringing together multinational companies committed to 100% renewable electricity worldwide. More than 25 Japanese companies, including Sony and Fujitsu, have joined in the last two years, sending a positive demand signal to the market.

While eligibility to join RE100 is limited to “enterprises over 10GWh electricity consumption”, RE Action will provide a platform for smaller companies and other organizations willing to make the same commitment. There are approximately 4 million organizations of this size in Japan[ii], covering approximately 40-50% of the country’s electricity needs.

In many cases, electricity purchase prices set for these smaller organizations are relatively high, but by joining the RE Action initiative, participant organizations will send signals to society regarding their need for reasonably priced renewable electricity. The initiative will help drive investments and forward-thinking policies for renewable electricity.

Following the United Nations Climate Action Summit held in New York City on 23 September, there is now greater public recognition of the need to transition to a decarbonized society. The demand for change is expected to increase significantly in today’s world, requiring actions not just by policymakers, enterprises, and local governments, but also organizations such as educational and medical institutions. Through the RE Action initiative, GPN, ICLEI, IGES, and JCLP will contribute to the transition to a decarbonized society in Japan.

 


[i] RE100: Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 is a collaborative initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Renewables are a smart business decision, providing greater control over energy costs while helping companies to deliver on emission reduction goals. RE100 members, including Global Fortune 500 companies, have a total revenue of over US$5.4 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors – from information technology to automobile manufacturing. Together, they send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. RE100.org | #RE100

[ii] The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan FEPC INFOBASE

 

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