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World’s largest semiconductor foundry joins RE100 and calls on peers to step up on renewable energy

27 July 2020, 9:00 BST 4 min read

  • TSMC becomes first semiconductor company worldwide to join RE100, committing to source 100% renewable power globally;
  • Historic commitment expected to shift support for renewables across the region: eyes now on industry peers to see if they will up their ambition

Monday 27 July, Taipei: One of Taiwan’s biggest companies, TSMC, is today committing to source 100% renewable electricity globally as part of RE100, and urging peers across the electronics industry to follow suit.

RE100 is a global initiative led by international non-profit the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, bringing together more than 240 global businesses switching to 100% renewable power.

TSMC is the first semiconductor manufacturer globally to join RE100, driven by an ambitious approach to renewables and now favourable market conditions in Taiwan. It supplies major electronics companies such as Apple, which last week announced it aims to have a carbon neutral supply chain by 2030.

Today’s commitment is expected to put pressure on other major semiconductor companies, including Samsung, to join RE100 with a global 100% renewable electricity goal.

Dr. Mark Liu, Chairman of TSMC and Chairman of its Corporate Social Responsibility Executive Committee, said, “As companies pursue growth, they also must take environmentally friendly action. TSMC is taking tangible action to drive green manufacturing, lower the impact of climate change, and has committed to using 100% renewable energy by the end of 2050.

“As the world’s first semiconductor company to join RE100, TSMC hopes to call the industry to action and push sustainability forward together, answering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and work hand in hand to overcome the difficult challenges that humanity faces.”

Helen Clarkson, CEO, the Climate Group, said, “Congratulations to TSMC on joining RE100. We needed a hero company to lead by example in the semiconductor industry and by setting a 100% goal and calling on others to follow, TSMC is doing just that.

“TSMC now has the world’s largest corporate power purchase agreement in Taiwan, only 18 months after the first PPA in the market – it goes to show what’s possible when ambitious companies are supported by forward-thinking policy.

“We expect this to trigger a domino effect across the region and the industry, with many more businesses stepping up.”

Over the last few years, Taiwan has been picking up the pace on renewable energy, becoming a regional leader on offshore wind, setting a goal of generating 20% of electricity from renewables by 2025, and introducing feed-in tariffs and Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification (T-REC).

In November, the Taiwanese authorities formally recognised increasing RE100 demand for renewable electricity and the importance of greening supply chains.

Nate Maynard, Research Associate, Chung-hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), said, “Four years ago, TSMC joining RE100 in Taiwan seemed unthinkable. Now, thanks to strong policy foundations its possible for even Taiwan’s largest companies to join. Taiwan has already made a name for itself manufacturing for the world, and now as more companies join RE100 it can be known as a renewable energy hub.” 

Contact

1. (Taiwan) Nate Maynard, Research Associate, Chung-hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER): nate@cier.edu.tw

2. (UK) Marie Reynolds, Senior Communications Manager, the Climate Group: mreynolds@theclimategroup.org

Note to editors

  1. TSMC is the world’s biggest semiconductor company in terms of market capitalisation, eclipsing Samsung Electronics, according to reports. TSMC is 20% of the market value of Taiwan's stock market, and the 12th largest company in the world by market value. TSMC, as a manufacturer, has one of the largest electricity demands in the RE100 membership (13.58TWh/yr — equivalent to a small country).
  2. Earlier this month, TSMC signed the world’s largest corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) for electricity from the Greater Changhua offshore wind farm being developed in the Taiwan Strait – guaranteeing a fixed price for 20 years. It is expected to generate annual carbon savings of over 2 million tons.

About RE100

RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, the group has a total revenue of over US$5.4 trillion and operates in a diverse range of sectors. Together, they send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. CIER is the regional technical partner of the Climate Group for RE100 in Taiwan. #RE100

About the Climate Group

The Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all. We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organisations accountable, turning their commitments into action. We share what we achieve together to show more organisations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition. Our regional delivery partner for our business initiatives RE100, EP100, and EV100 is BCSD Taiwan. Follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup.

About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$96 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 8,400 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2019. This is in addition to the over 920 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Visit cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more. Visit cdp.net follow us @CDP to find out more.