Environmental Policy

Contributing to society has been the management philosophy for Panasonic ever since its founding, and we have been taking measures against pollution since the 1970s. We announced the Environmental Statement in June 5, 1991, clarifying our approaches to address global environmental issues as a public entity of society. Since then we have been carrying out initiatives including matters on global warming prevention and resources recycling corporate-wide, aiming to attain a sustainable, safe, and secure society.

In fiscal 2014, the Panasonic Group introduced a new brand slogan, "A Better Life, A Better World," aiming to realize a better life for all its customers, and is promoting environmental initiatives as an important element in achieving that goal.
In production activities, exhaustive energy-saving measures have been implemented in all factories worldwide, pushing for further CO2 emissions reduction in our production activities. We are also pursuing Recycling-oriented Manufacturing for effective utilization of resources. One example is the development of a resources recycling and trade scheme together with our supplier, in which scrap iron from used home appliances is recycled into steel plates to be used as material for products by our Group.

In addition, Panasonic has introduced its own indicator called "the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions" to strengthen CO2 reduction efforts during actual product use. Until now, the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions had been disclosed to represent the volume of our direct contribution to CO2 emissions reduction by cutting down power consumption during product use through energy-saving designs for our key consumer products. Now, we are also engaged in business development in the areas of housing, automotive, and B2B. Accordingly, more of our products are being integrated into finished goods and services of other companies, contributing to their energy-saving performances. For this reason, we have defined the CO2 emissions reduction effect in these business areas as "the size of indirect contribution to reduction," and disclosed the figures from the fiscal 2015 results.

Furthermore, we define our products and services that accelerate the transition to a sustainable society, such as energysaving performances, as Strategic Green Products (GPs). Of these, we call the products that deliver the industry's topclass environmental performance "Super GPs," and are actively working for business expansion. By promoting wider use, we aim to contribute to further reduction of CO2 emissions.

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

We strive to grow and develop our business through the creation of environmental value for customers with our technical strengths while each and every employee follows the Environmental Policy to address environmental challenges. Therefore, collaboration with stakeholders including our partners is essential. We will continue to sincerely work on environmental sustainability management through further collaboration with stakeholders.

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2018"

After the completion of the Green Plan 2010 which was established in 2001, the Green Plan 2018 was established in 2010 to clarify our targets for fiscal 2019 (from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) as well as an action plan for all employees in order to achieve the targets. The Green Plan 2018 will continue our initiatives in five areas: CO2 reduction, resources recycling, water, chemical substances, and biodiversity.

The Green Plan 2018 was revised in 2013, followed by the newly-established Environmental Action Guideline. Furthermore, in response to rising demand by the society for CO2 reductions following the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, and to the need to make changes to our business structure, including growth in the automotive and B2B businesses, the Plan was revised again in 2016.

In the area of CO2 reduction, we are focused on maximizing the size of our contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, which is an indicator that represents our efforts for CO2 reduction, as well as on steady and continual reduction in CO2 emissions from our factories to contribute to making net CO2 emissions from the entire community peak and decline thereafter at an earlier timing. As our contribution to reducing CO2 emissions is expanding not only in our key consumer products but in housing, automotive, and B2B businesses, the revised Green Plan 2018 clearly stated the target amount of CO2 reduction to clarify our contribution in these areas. The revised Green Plan 2018 also defines our target for active use of renewable energy. As for resources recycling, we promote higher recycled resource utilization ratio and factory waste recycling rate,as well as create more resources recycling-oriented products to materialize recycling-oriented manufacturing.

In addition, the revised Green Plan 2018 has set new targets such as 100% completion of water risk assessments for our factories. It also clearly states zero violation of laws and regulations by factories and products.

In the area of eco-conscious products and businesses, we have expanded the scope of our activities to products, services, and solutions in our B2B business, while applying our strengths in home appliances. The concrete numerical targets established in line with the revisions to the Green Plan 2018 are aimed at creating environmental value for our customers. Panasonic will deepen the collaboration with various partners across the supply chain and accelerate environmental initiatives to extend better impacts on the society.

We will steadily execute this Environmental Action Plan towards achieving our fiscal 2019 targets.

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2018"

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2018"

Note: 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018 here refer to fiscal 2006 (April 1, 2005 - March 31, 2006), fiscal 2008 (April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008), fiscal 2011(April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011), fiscal 2013 (April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013), fiscal 2014 (April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014), fiscal 2015 (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015), fiscal 2016 (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016), and fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019), respectively.

*1 The size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions is defined as the amount achieved by deducting the actual emissions from the amount that would have been emitted without the improvements by the energy-saving performance of our products and productivity from fiscal 2006, and this amount is combined with the emission reduction resulting from power generation by energy-creating products. "47 million tons" represents the size of direct contribution in reducing emissions, and "products" refer to key consumer products.
*2 Size of direct contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through products as indicated in *1, as well as indirect contribution in reducing CO2 emissions such as air conditioning load reduction effects from improved insulation performance in Panaosnic housing, energy-saving effects from products by other companies equipped with Panasonic energy-saving compressors and motors, improved fuel economy effects from electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), and hybrid vehicles (HVs) equipped with Panasonic automotive batteries, and energy-saving effects of products by other companies that use Panasonic vacuum insulation material.
*3 CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics = CO2 emissions in logistics/Transportation weight
*4 We achieved the previous target far earlier, and activities have been embedded into operation. Standards for making efforts under the Energy Conservation Law continue.
*5 Recycled resource utilization ratio = Recycled resources used/Total resources used
*6 Factory waste recycling rate = Amount of resources recycled/ (Amount of resources recycled + Amount of landfill)
*7 Air conditioners, refrigerators, TVs, washing machines, etc.
*8 Including nearly ZEH.
*9 Audio-visual solutions and mobility solutions equipment (such as laptop PCs) etc.
*10 Regional Sustainability Management Practices have been established and embedded into operation. Each region plans and implements its own environmental sustainability activities in line with local environmental issues and business characteristics, based on the annual environmental management policy set by the Group.

Our performance in fiscal 2016 compared with the numerical targets in the Green Plan 2018 is shown below.

Numerical Targets and Performance Levels under Green Plan 2018

Numerical targets

Results in 2015

Size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions: 47 million tons in 2015

Size of direct contribution:
43.12 million tons

Additional size of indirect contribution:10.47 million tons

Reduction in CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics: By 46% or more in 2018 compared to 2005 (Japan and international)


Reduction in CO2 emissions from offices: By 2% or more on yearly average until 2018 compared to 2007 (Self-owned buildings in Japan)


Recycled resource utilization ratio: 16% or more in 2018


Factory waste recycling rate: 99.5% or more in 2018


Provide environmental education to 2 million children around the world by 2018

2.709 million children*11

*11 Cumulative total from 2009 to 2015. Results for 2015 alone is 298,000.

Note: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2018 here refer to fiscal 2006 (April 1, 2005 – March 31, 2006), fiscal 2008 (April 1, 2007 – March 31, 2008), fiscal 2010 (April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010), fiscal 2016 (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016), and fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019), respectively.