Sony, major home appliance manufacturer, which works closely with Apple, the US digital giant, has notified the Japanese government that it may have to withdraw its production from the country if the use of renewable energy sources is not developed properly.
Japanese Minister in charge of administrative reform Taro Kono informed of it the Financial Times.
Back in early November, representatives of the brand held a meeting with the Minister, where they expressed their concern about the situation with “green” energy in the country. Currently, it is very difficult for large producers to buy energy from renewable sources in Japan. The quantity is limited and the price is high. Therefore, in order to preserve the jobs of the company’s employees at factories in the country, it is necessary to increase production volumes of green energy. Because even if the share of renewable sources in the country’s energy balance increases from the current 17% to the recommended 24% by 2030, companies will be forced to close production in Japan.
Currently, the country of the rising sun is in arrearages of most developed countries in terms of renewable energy development, particularly due to a number of regulations that hinder its development, and, as a result, affect the current high price of energy generated by already functioning enterprises.
The management of Sony and other companies suggests to solve the problem to increase the share of “green energy” over the next decade to 40%.
The company’s European capacities have already been fully converted to renewable energy, in China this should happen next year, and in North America – by 2030, the newspaper notes.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first policy speech in October, set a goal to reduce the country’s carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050, including through the development of “green” energy.