Accelerate efforts toward carbon neutral through the use of renewable energy
Oyama, Tochigi; March 24, 2023, Gigaphoton Inc. (Head Office: Oyama, Tochigi; President and CEO: Katsumi Uranaka), a manufacturer of lightsources for semiconductor lithography, announced that it installed its first solar panel on the roof of the head office.
In February 2023, Gigaphoton installed 1,100 photovoltaic panels on the roof of its head office building and is scheduled to begin power generation in May. The installed solar panels are expected to generate approximately 460MWh per year (equivalent to approximately 4% of the annual power consumed by Gigaphoton), which is equivalent to approximately 210t-CO2 *1 in terms of CO2 emissions.
Gigaphoton also designed the new production building, that is currently under construction (scheduled for completion in late 2023), with the installation of solar panels to increase the ratio of renewable energy used. Gigaphoton aims to be carbon neutral by virtually eliminating its own GHG emissions in 2030. One of the efforts toward carbon neutrality is the aim of achieving a 30% use ratio of renewable energy in 2030. To achieve this goal, Gigaphoton will promote energy creation, including installation of solar panels, in parallel with power saving in production processes and other areas.
Katsumi Uranaka, President and CEO of Gigaphoton said, “Based on our sustainability policy, Gigaphoton will further accelerate the reduction of power consumption during product operation, while actively working to reduce GHG generated during production by reducing power consumption during production and utilizing renewable energy. As a supplier of lithography lightsources essential for semiconductor manufacturing, we will proactively contribute to reducing environmental impact through a wide range of initiatives.
*1 Calculated using the emission factor of fiscal 2021 (market based)
Corporate Planning Department