Instant noodles manufacturer Nissin Foods USA has installed a 276-kW solar panel and six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its headquarters in Gardena, California.
The initiatives are part of the company’s Earth Food Challenge 2030, a long-term strategy aimed at reducing Nissin Foods’ overall environmental impact by pledging to minimize CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
The solar panel was installed by energy firm SunGreen Systems and is expected to provide 100 percent of the electricity for the corporate office. The distributed energy resources will allow Nissin to reduce its grid and emissions footprint.
“The implementation of renewable energy solutions at our headquarters represents our progress toward achieving Nissin Foods’ environmental targets and commitment to procuring 100-percent renewable electricity for business activities,” said Michael Price, President and CEO, Nissin Foods USA.
Nissin Foods has also introduced a new “Manufacture with Green Energy” initiative to supplement the electricity used in the company’s manufacturing process with renewable energy, further reducing its environmental impact.
In addition to its efforts at its headquarters, the company conducts various programs aimed at solving environmental challenges beyond its facilities and footprint. The solar power generation efforts also form part of the Nissin Foods Good Neighbor Initiative. This program invests in various goodwill programs and is dedicated to making a positive contribution throughout Gardena and the surrounding Los Angeles-based communities.
“Our employees care about the environment and we introduced EV charging stations as a way to support our employees investments. The installation of EV charging stations supports our greater green energy initiatives while also creating a corporate culture of making smart, environmentally-considerate choices personally and professionally to build a more sustainable future,” Price added.
Nissin Food USA is a subsidiary of the Japanese producer of instant ramen noodles Nissin Food Products Company. Founder Momofuku Ando started the company in Japan during that nation's food shortages after World War II.
The Gardena plant opened in 1972.