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Kanto's Largest R&D Center, the Minato MIRAI Innovation Center, Set to Run on 100% Renewable Energy


Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
President: Norio Nakajima


The Minato MIRAI Innovation Center, the research and development base for Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Murata Manufacturing") and the largest of its kind in the Kanto region, will run on 100 percent renewable energy beginning March 1, 2022. The Murata Manufacturing Group is converting all electricity consumed in the Group's business activities into renewable energy to meet the goals of the RE100 global environmental initiative.

In recent years, the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and temperatures, as well as dramatic weather patterns, have become far more prevalent. To help resolve this, it is important for us as a company to work towards the realization of a sustainable society at a company level by implementing renewable energy and optimizing energy management.

With this, the Minato MIRAI Innovation Center, located in Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 business district, aims to achieve virtually zero CO2 emissions associated with electricity consumption by 2030. To make energy management more efficient, the center has installed a solar panel array and storage battery system, as well as insulation to reduce the load from heating and cooling. The center will also introduce "Hamakko Electricity"*1, provided by the city of Yokohama and TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc., and convert all the electricity consumed into renewable energy. By using environmentally friendly power, we will be helping the city of Yokohama achieve its decarbonization goals to become "Zero Carbon Yokohama."*2

*1: A framework for supplying virtually CO₂-free power via a combination of environmentally friendly power generated mainly from the Yokohama Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau incineration plants and traditional power sources.
*2: Yokohama is aiming for zero greenhouse gas emissions (decarbonization) by 2050 to counteract global warming.

Murata Manufacturing is committed to promoting the use of renewable energy at its domestic and overseas locations to combat climate change.

Following are Murata Manufacturing’s operating objectives relating to this topic:

Murata Manufacturing sees the "reinforcement of climate change countermeasures" as a material issue. In our efforts to help solve global social issues, we are forging ahead with initiatives to promote renewable energy. We ensure that we are meeting our overall targets for reducing greenhouse gases throughout the country and are actively investing in ways to conserve energy and use renewable energy sources at each of our locations.

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About RE100

RE100 is a global initiative that brings together the world’s most influential businesses that have committed to 100% renewable power. RE100 has a total revenue of over US$6.6 trillion and operates in a diverse range of sectors. Together, RE100 members send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. Led by international non-profit The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 is also part of the We Mean Business Coalition. The participation of Japanese companies in RE100 is achieved with the support of the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP), which has been an official regional partner of RE100 since 2017. 

Murata in Brief

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world.

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