JAPAN – Panasonic is the latest corporate giant to join the RE100 initiative and commit to a 100% renewable energy future.

RE100, run by The Climate Group, already has the backing of nearly 200 global businesses, brands that are actively using their buying power and influence to accelerate the clean energy transition. Panasonic has pledged to switch to 100% green electricity at its operations worldwide by 2050 – and to achieve production that doesn’t emit CO2 in the same timescale.

“Panasonic’s success has been built on developing the technologies that define our future. By joining RE100 and committing to using 100% renewable electricity by 2050, Panasonic is sending a strong message that the energy landscape is evolving. Panasonic is joining a global movement of companies who are driving towards a better energy system – because it’s good for their businesses, their customers and their environment,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group.

Speaking at a food innovation event in Melbourne today, former US Secretary of State John Kerry said the renewable energy transition is key to addressing climate change. “The solution to climate change is staring us in the face. It’s not some pie-in-the-sky thing. Basically it’s called energy policy. That’s the solution to climate change: energy policy,” he said. “The choices of how we produce electricity, how we transport ourselves from place to place, how we do industry without polluting.”