Samsung has announced that it plans to source the energy requirements of its factories and other facilities in the United States, South Korea, and China from renewable energy sources by 2020. To achieve its goal, the tech giant will install additional solar panels in its facilities in South Korea. The tech firm aims to install a total of 63,000 square meters of solar panels across three locations within the next few years. Around 42,000 square meters of solar panels will be installed in its headquarters in Suwon starting this year, while another 21,000 square meters of solar panels will be installed in Samsung’s facilities in Pyongtaek and Hwaesong starting in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Aside from solar energy, the OEM also plans to utilize geothermal energy to satisfy the energy requirements of its facilities.
The tech firm has also decided to join both the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles of environmental organization World Wildlife Fund and the Business Renewables Center of the Rocky Mountain Institute. These two initiatives help businesses streamline the process of acquiring energy from renewable sources, allowing large enterprises to obtain a stable supply of clean energy at affordable prices. To further reduce carbon emissions caused by the company’s operations, the South Korean tech giant also stated that it is working with its top 100 partners in the development of their own renewable energy targets.
A number of technology companies have already stated their intentions to source a larger portion of their energy requirements from renewable sources going forward. T-Mobile has announced earlier this year that it plans to use renewable energy for all of its facilities across the United States, which includes its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, a number of call centers across the US, and thousands of retail outlets across the country. On the other hand, Google has already signed long-term deals with a number of renewable energy suppliers to power its data centers and other facilities. The search giant has also pledged to compensate for its energy footprint, not by simply powering all of its facilities with clean energy, but rather by producing renewable energy in a separate location.