Confirming its commitment to reducing its environmental impact, ASICS has joined RE100, the global environmental initiative composed of member companies committed to relying solely on renewable energy for their electricity needs in business activities. As a member company of RE100, ASICS will aim to use only renewable electricity across all business entities by 2050.
RE100 is a global environmental initiative managed jointly between global environmental NGO The Climate Group and international environment NPO CDP. The initiative is composed of global 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 electricity in their business activities.
ASICS had already set a target of raising the use of renewable energy to at least 60 percent at its business bases by 2030. The brand’s 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.
“Joining RE100 is a step forward to achieve our target, net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050,” says Yasuhito Hirota, COO and president of ASICS Corporation. “We are committed to take actions on climate change and limit the global warming to 1.5°C so that people can enjoy sports in a sustainable environment. Going forward, we will continue to act responsibly for future generations to achieve a sound mind in a sound body.”
“We are delighted to welcome ASICS to RE100. Japan is RE100's most rapidly growing market, with Japanese companies sending a powerful message to policymakers that renewable electricity makes business sense,” adds Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 at the Climate Group. “The time to act is now, and we urge other companies to follow ASICS' lead and step up to RE100.”
Last year, ASICS also announced a commitment to set science-based emissions reduction targets to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, towards a net-zero future by 2050. Currently, ASICS aims to achieve a goal by 2030 of reducing their 2015 levels of greenhouse gas emissions at business locations by 38%.