Japanese e-commerce company exerts leadership on electric vehicles and renewable power

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27 November 2017

LONDON: ASKUL Corporation announced as the first company worldwide to simultaneously join The Climate Group’s global electric transport and renewable electricity campaigns

Japanese e-commerce company ASKUL Corporation has today committed to transition to electric vehicles and 100% renewable power by 2030; in doing so, it is the first business worldwide to sign up to both The Climate Group’s EV100 and RE100 campaigns simultaneously.

With the aim of reaching net-zero emissions by the same year, through both campaigns, the company has an immediate opportunity to accelerate the roll-out of renewables and EVs through its own purchasing decisions and by influencing peers to also take action.  

Through its wholly owned subsidiary and delivery arm ASKUL LOGIST, ASKUL will transfer 200 vehicles to EVs by 2030. This builds on 10 EVs purchased by the company last year. Additionally in the next year, ASKUL intends to source renewable power for logistics centers across Japan.

The news was announced today at the ASKUL Environment Forum event in Tokyo, which brings together some 400 participants to discuss ideas for climate action, and comes two weeks after UN climate negotiations at COP23 in Bonn, which highlighted global corporate leadership on climate change.

Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “It’s exciting to see ASKUL joining EV100 and RE100 at once. Delivering on these ambitious commitments will inspire other Japanese companies to follow suit, accelerating the roll-out of electric vehicles and renewable energy nationwide.

“We’re witnessing exciting momentum on corporate action in Japan, made possible through our partnership with Japan-CLP. It makes business sense – transitioning to electric vehicles and renewable power are two positive steps that companies can take to future-proof their operations and retain a competitive edge.”

There are currently low proportions of renewable energy and EVs in Japan, but the government is actively growing each market. 71% of total electricity consumption is based on fossil fuels, but with the reform of ‘J-Credits’ earlier this year and the announced introduction of non-fossil attribute certificates in 2018, renewables are becoming more accessible. Similarly, only 200,000 EVs were on Japan's roads in 2016, but Japan has set a target of 1 million EVs by 2020.

Shoichiro Iwata, CEO, ASKUL Corporation, added: “Worsening climate change impacts mean businesses must take faster action. That’s why ASKUL is transitioning to electric vehicles and renewable power through The Climate Group’s global campaigns. 

“By joining EV100 and RE100, we want to show suppliers that there is demand for delivery use of EVs, and ultimately, that renewable energy could be more readily available to power them. This will help us to shift the market, while delivering on our goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, and showing our customers our commitment to sustainable operations.”

Earlier this month, Japanese shopping mall developer AEON Mall also joined EV100. AEON Mall is encouraging the uptake of EVs by its customers by installing hundreds of charging facilities at its malls in Japan and China.

The announcements follow those of leading Japanese house-builder Sekisui House, and Japan-based electronics company Ricoh earlier this year, committing to source 100% renewable electricity by 2040 and 2050 respectively through RE100.

 

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Contact:

Marie Reynolds, Communications Manager –  Business Initiatives, The Climate Group – MReynolds@theclimategroup.org Tel: +44 (0) 207 960 2991

Gideon Hymas, Consultant, Maitland Green Communications – ghymas@maitland.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)7584 643 000

Ayumi Goto, Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership Secretariat, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) – a-goto@iges.or.jp Tel: +81-46-855-3844

*ASKUL Environment Forum provides an open platform for collaboration with its suppliers and customers over climate action and the transition to a net-zero emissions society. It was started after ASKUL’s CEO met climate scientist Dr. Thomas Stocker in 2013, who presented the result of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC-AR5). The Climate Group recently published new RE100 guidance designed to help more companies engage their suppliers on renewable electricity. 

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. Our goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. We believe this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology. We work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide. Our business campaigns, EV100EP100 and RE100, brought to you as part of the We Mean Business coalition, help companies to reduce carbon emissions, enhance resilience, and boost the bottom line. They champion leadership, encourage the sharing of best practice and tackle barriers to action – creating shifts in policies and markets to help keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. Japan-CLP is a regional engagement partner for the campaigns on behalf of The Climate Group in Japan.

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About EV100

EV100 is a global initiative by The Climate Group bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport “the new normal” by 2030. The transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, accounting for 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Electric transport offers a major solution in cutting millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, as well as curbing transport related air and noise pollution. With businesses owning over half of all registered vehicles on the road, it is crucial that companies lead the shift to electric vehicles. Through their investment, and influence on millions of staff and customers worldwide, they can address rising global transport emissions. They can also significantly enhance mass demand for electric vehicles. By setting out their future EV purchasing requirements on an ambitious timescale, companies can drive mass roll-out and make electric cars more rapidly affordable for everyone around the world.

About RE100

Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDPRE100 is a collaborative initiative uniting the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Renewables are a smart business decision, providing greater control over energy costs and driving innovation, while helping companies to deliver on emission reduction goals. RE100 members, including Global Fortune 500 companies, have a total revenue of more than US$2.5 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors – from Information Technology to automobile manufacturing. Together, they represent over 154TWh of demand for renewable electricity annually – enough to power Ukraine, Malaysia or New York State. They send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.

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