Samsung announced an ambitious new environmental pledge today, revealing that it will transition to 100-percent renewable energy in the United States, Europe, and China. This is an expansion of the company’s existing renewable energy initiative, expanding it to cover Samsung’s total operations in the three aforementioned locations.
According to Samsung, the three markets it announced are best equipped with “infrastructure for the development and transmission of renewable energy.” As such, the company will increase its renewable energy usage in these regions, bringing its offices, facilities, and factories up to 100-percent renewable energy levels.
Even better, the company has set a relatively tight deadline for achieving this goal: 2020. That gives it only around two years to increase its green energy use, though it also plans to increase its usage in places around the world as medium and long-term goals. How will it pull off the 100-percent figure?
Samsung states that it will be installing more solar panels at its Samsung Digital City HQ in South Korea, adding about 42,000sqm of panels, plus another 21,000 geothermal arrays and panels at its Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek campuses. The work will start this year and continue up through 2020.
This makes Samsung the latest big-name tech company to promise major renewable energy changes. Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed its own renewable energy expansion, saying it had struck the biggest solar power deal ever formed in the United States.