The RE100 membership has rapidly expanded across East Asia in recent years.
In 2015, Elion Resources Group became the first Chinese company to join the initiative and publicly commit to sourcing 100% renewable electricity.
In 2017, Ricoh put Japan on the map by joining RE100, inspiring dozens of other leading Japanese companies to do the same. Japan is our fastest growing geography, now accounting for the third highest number of companies in the membership.
In early 2020, RE100 was recognised in Japan’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package, the growing demand for renewable electricity cited as a reason for allocating almost US$1 billion for corporate power purchase agreements.
We work closely with JCLP to accelerate the transition to renewable energy in Japan. In 2019, the organisation co-launched RE Action, an initiative inspired by RE100 to engage governments, universities, and small to medium-sized companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.
In 2018, DBS Bank became the first company to join RE100 from Singapore.
In the same year, TCI became the first Taiwanese member, and in 2019, the Taiwanese authorities namechecked RE100 and pointed to the growing number of RE100 multinationals requiring suppliers to use renewable electricity.
In the Republic of Korea, we are working with The Korean Society for New and Renewable Energy (KSNRE), and Korea Sustainability Investing Forum KOSIF/CDP KOREA to recruit our first member. In early 2020, RE100 was mentioned in the Democratic Party’s climate manifesto, with a commitment to introducing corporate sourcing of renewables.
For more information on our work in East Asia, contact:
China – Yuming Hui, China Director, The Climate Group
Japan – Takayuki Shibaoka, JCLP
Republic of Korea – Aleksandra Klassen, RE100 Senior Impact Manager, The Climate Group; KOSIF/CDP Korea
Taiwanese market – Shihfang Loh, Center for Green Economy, Chung Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), Kenny Chang, Manager, Business Council for Sustainable Development Taiwan (BCSD)