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 are 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 BtoB solutions. 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 start disclosing the figures from the fiscal 2015 results.
Furthermore, we define our products and services that accelerate the transition to a sustainable society through the reduction of environmental impact as Strategic Green Products (GPs). Of these, we call the products that deliver the industry’s top-class environmental performance "Super GPs." By promoting Green Products, we will contribute to further reduction of CO2 emissions.
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.
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) and actions to be taken in order to achieve the targets. Furthermore, the Green Plan 2018 was revised in July 2013, followed by the newly-established Environmental Action Guideline.
The Green Plan 2018 will continue our initiatives in five areas: CO2 reduction, resources recycling, water, chemical substances, and biodiversity. We are focusing on maximizing the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions, which is an indicator that represents our efforts for CO2 reduction, to contribute to making net CO2 emissions from the international community peak and decline thereafter at an earlier timing. 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, with respect to eco-conscious products and businesses, we will expand the range of activities to products, services, and solutions in the BtoB sector while keeping strengths in the home appliances field, to provide products and services that create 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.
Note: 2005, 2007, 2015 and 2018 here refer to fiscal 2006 (April 1, 2005 – March 31, 2006), fiscal 2008 (April 1, 2007 – March 31, 2008), fiscal 2016 (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016), and fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019), respectively.
Our performance in fiscal 2015 compared with the numerical targets in the Green Plan 2018 is shown below.
*1 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" represent the size of direct contribution in reducing emissions, and "products" refer to key consumer products.
*2 Size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through "air conditioning load reduction effects from improved insulation performance in Panasonic housing," "energy-saving effects from products by other companies equipped with Panasonic energy-saving compressors and motors," and "improved fuel economy effects from electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), and hybrid vehicles (HVs) equipped with Panasonic automotive batteries."
*3 CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics = CO2 emissions in logistics/Transportation weight
*4 Recycled resource utilization ratio = Recycled resources used/Total resources used
*5 Factory waste recycling rate = Amount of resources recycled/ (Amount of resources recycled + Amount of landfill)
*6 Cumulative total from 2009 to 2014. Results for 2014 alone is 418,000.
Note: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 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 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.