Unicharm Corporation’s Indonesian subsidiary, PT Uni-Charm Indonesia Tbk (UCI), has taken a significant step towards sustainability by installing a new solar power generation system at its Surabaya Third Plant and Nonwoven Plant. The installation of this solar power system is expected to yield around 860 MWh of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 7,000 tons.
The implementation of this solar power generation system will allow the Surabaya Third Plant to generate an estimated 7 million kWh annually, while the Nonwoven Plant is projected to produce around 1.6 million kWh per year. This strategic move is part of Unicharm Group’s broader commitment to incorporating renewable energy sources in its operations worldwide.
With this initiative, Unicharm Group aims to collectively decrease carbon dioxide emissions from its various plants by around 63,000 tons annually. The incorporation of renewable electricity sources is a crucial aspect of the company’s ESG goals, specifically the “Kyo-sei Life Vision 2030,” which places a strong emphasis on addressing climate change.
Takumi Terakawa, President Director of PT Uni-Charm Indonesia Tbk, expressed the company’s dedication to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting ethical living. The incorporation of solar power generation is a significant step towards this objective. The company’s target is to fully operate solar power generation by the end of fiscal year 2023, effectively transitioning approximately 15,000 MWh of electricity to renewable sources annually. This aligns with Unicharm Group’s overarching goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy sources for all its business operations by 2030.
Furthermore, the company is actively engaging in energy-saving initiatives and is determined to contribute to Indonesia’s national objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060. The adoption of the I-REC (International REC) certification further underscores Unicharm’s commitment to renewable energy, certifying the renewable energy value of electricity generated from such sources.
The move towards renewable electricity aligns with several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Responsible Consumption and Protection (SDG 12), and Climate Action (SDG 13). Unicharm’s efforts highlight its dedication to environmental and social responsibility, utilizing its business operations to create a positive impact in the realm of sustainability.