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LG Unicharm builds solar power facility to produce sanitary pads and diapers

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : December 13, 2023, 17:56 Updated : December 15, 2023, 08:47
Courtesy of LG
[Courtesy of LG Household & Health Care]
SEOUL -- Through a joint venture with Japan’s hygiene product maker Unicharm, South Korea's consumer goods company LG Household & Health Care has built a solar power generation facility with an annual capacity of 348-megawatt electricity. The joint venture "LG Unicharm" uses solar energy to produce sanitary pads and diapers.

LG Household & Health Care said on December 13 that the joint venture completed the construction of the solar facility on the rooftop of its plant in Gumi, some 202 kilometers (126 miles) southeast of Seoul. The South Korean company anticipates an annual reduction of approximately 163 tons of carbon emissions. LG Unicharm will install an additional solar power facility starting in January 2024. The joint venture is supplying electricity generated from the new solar facility to the production equipment for sanitary pads and diapers. 

South Korea has focused on turning various infrastructures into eco-friendly power generation venues to make the country greener and save space. In January 2021, a solar power plant was also built on Olympic-daero, an eight-lane expressway that interconnects southern districts in Seoul. The capital city has offered subsidies to support building and house owners who wish to install solar power panels on the rooftops and walls.

In December 2022, the southern industrial city of Daegu revealed its plan to transform its outdated factory areas into a renewable energy power plant complex by replacing old slate factory roof materials with solar panels while using idle spaces for solar energy generation facilities. The solar power plant infrastructure would be the size of some 120 football fields. 

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