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Sony to use renewable energy across all operations by 2040

Sony Corp. announced Sept. 10 that it plans to use 100% renewable electricity across all its businesses by 2040.

Sony has joined RE100, an initiative operated by international non-government organization The Climate Group and the nonprofit CDP that comprises more than 140 companies committed to using 100% renewable electricity.

Sony, which already uses renewable energy to power all its European operations, will extend the program to North America and China. It will also install solar panels at its manufacturing sites in Thailand, Japan and elsewhere.

In its home market, the Japanese electronics maker plans to create an intracompany electricity transfer plan. The plan consists of electrical grids containing energy created by in-house generators using renewable energy.

The move is part of Sony's "Road to Zero" plan, through which it hopes to eliminate its environmental footprint by 2050.