YKK Increased Sites from 20 to 31 With Renewable Energy

By Sophia Francise

June 9, 2023
big silver colored building of YKK group

Since last year, the number of YKK (Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha) Corporation facilities using renewable energy for all their electricity needs has increased from 20 to 31.[1]

The international fastening company is working to achieve 10 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050.

They are working towards a set of sustainability objectives centered around five themes: climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management, and respect for people, to become climate neutral by 2050.

YKK is working to reduce corporate and supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per the Science Based Targets Initiative (STBi) certified 1.5 degree Celsius target. 

To do this, the company is increasing the use of electricity from renewable sources, such as introducing solar power facilities following the power purchase agreement (PPA) model at the Min Hang and Lin Gang plants of Shanghai YKK Zipper Co.

The business promised to collaborate with customers and neighborhood communities to cut GHG emissions. In China, all production facilities use only renewable energy to power their purchased electricity.

Through its “Green Factory” accreditation program, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology honors manufacturing firms that excel in environmentally friendly practices such as energy conservation. 

In 2020 and 2022, respectively, YKK Zipper (Shenzhen) Co. and Shanghai YKK Zipper Co. earned the highest National Green Factory accreditation levels.

The YKK Integrated Report, “This is YKK 2023,” scheduled to be released this August, will include a report from the company on sustainability progress for the fiscal year 2022.


  1. Alexandra Harrell, ‘YKK Increases Facilities Powered by Renewable Energy from 20 to 31’, Sourcing Journal, 7 June 2023, https://sourcingjournal.com/denim/denim-sustainability/ykk-31-production-facilities-renewable-energy-greehouse-gas-emissions-zippers-438220/[]