Advantech announced July 6 that it’s joined the RE100 global corporate renewable energy organization, whose members are committed to 100% renewable electricity. Advantech has pledged to shift 50% of its energy use to renewables at its Taiwan and Kunshan, China, locations by 2030, and aims to transition entirely to green energy in its global operations by 2040. This commitment aligns with the firm’s long-term environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) vision of being an "intelligent enabler of a sustainable planet."
“We’re delighted that Advantech has joined RE100, the global initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP,” says Sam Kimmins, energy director at the Climate Group. “By committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2040, Advantech is taking an important step forward on improving its sustainability, and joining more than 400 of the world’s leading companies committed to driving market change. We encourage others to follow suit.”
To accelerate the transition to net-zero energy, Advantech committed to a science-based target (SBT) in 2021. Also, during its ESG committee meeting this year, Advantech set its goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
To achieve its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2040, Advantech is implementing various measures. In addition to enhancing energy-saving technologies, daily energy management, and energy efficiency solutions, it’s dedicated to developing an Intelligent Energy Management System (iEMS) to effectively manage energy use.
Advantech has also been incorporating renewable energy at its sites worldwide. For instance, it installed solar photovoltaic panels at its Newcastle office in the U.K. Also, iEMS systems were implemented at its global offices, and a solar power generator with an estimated annual power generation of 912,000 kWh is being installed at Advantech's new U.S. headquarters that are currently under construction. Also in 2021, Advantech began investing in a 10-megawatt (MW), solar power plant that will supply power to its sites in Taiwan starting in 2024. Finally, its Kunshan facility will gradually work towards achieving the RE100 goal by implementing a green power procurement plan.