Sumitomo Rubber (Thailand) to Install World's Largest Rooftop Solar Panel Array and Gas Cogeneration System

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March 16, 2023

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.'s Thai subsidiary, Sumitomo Rubber (Thailand) Co., Ltd., has announced plans to install the world's largest rooftop solar panel array, as well as a gas cogeneration system, at their factory in Rayong Province. The move towards renewable energy is part of the company's commitment to sustainable development, and their recent announcement demonstrates their ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices.

Installation of Rooftop Solar Panel Array and Gas Cogeneration System

Supported by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's "2022 Financing Program for Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Model Projects," Kansai Energy Solutions (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (K-EST) will install around 40,000 solar panels on the factory's rooftop, with a total output of approximately 22MW. Additionally, K-EST will install a gas cogeneration system consisting of two 6.6MW boilers. All electricity and steam generated by this equipment will replace the factory's current energy sources, effectively reducing the facility's reliance on fossil fuels.

Source: The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.

Reduction of Annual CO2 Emissions

The installation of the solar panel array and gas cogeneration system is expected to reduce the factory's annual CO2 emissions by approximately 38,000 tons. The move towards renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions is part of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.'s long-term Sustainability Policy, "Driving Our Future Challenge 2050." The company aims to reduce their annual Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 50% compared to 2017 levels by 2030 and expects to achieve this goal one year ahead of schedule.

Transition to Carbon-Free Electric Energy

Sumitomo Rubber (Thailand) Co., Ltd. will also transition to carbon-free electric energy through International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-REC) provided by KEPCO. The I-REC represents the renewable energy attributes of biomass electric power generated by incinerating excess branches, trunks, and other scraps left over after rubber trees are harvested for lumber in Thailand. This move towards renewable energy will help the company reduce their carbon emissions and contribute to their Sustainable Natural Rubber efforts.

Commitment to Sustainable Development

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. is committed to ongoing efforts to work towards the solution of various social and environmental issues throughout all of their business activities so that they may actively contribute to the realization of sustainable societies. By investing in renewable energy and reducing their carbon emissions, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. is demonstrating their leadership in sustainable development and setting an example for other companies to follow. With climate change accelerating, and society facing increasingly pressing issues, it is essential for companies to adopt long-term policies based on future perspectives to ensure the sustained growth and development of society as a whole.

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