Environment: Environmental Sustainability Management Across the World
Promoting Regional Environmental Sustainability Management
In the Panasonic Group, each Regional Headquarters, sales company, manufacturing company, etc. plans and implements its own environmental sustainability activities in line with their own local environment issues and business characteristics, based on the annual environmental management policy set by the Group. The scope of the plan is not limited to reducing environmental impact, complying with environmental legislation, or preventing environmental risks, but extends to a variety of matters including resolving environmental issues through business activities in collaboration with local business partners and promoting social contribution activities in coordination with local communities. We are globally working to build a more sustainable society.
Southeast Asia & Oceania
Eco Declaration Put into Practice
Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (PA) has established three-year mid-term environmental targets in 2010 and since then has engaged in activities for business growth and also for environmental contribution while disclosing the progress achieved each year. This has led to accomplishments exceeding the targets, including achieving 80% in the ratio of eco-conscious products in sales, contributing to 638,000 tons of CO2 emissions reduction, promoting environmental education to 278,000 youths, etc. Based on this success, PA issued its Southeast Asia & Oceania Eco Declaration in June 2014, announcing its commitment to strengthen environmental sustainability management that leads to growth of key businesses, such as B2B solutions, consumer electronics, and housing, as well as to contribute to society through products and solutions focused on our eco-conscious technologies. The details and the results of fiscal 2016 are as follows.
For the reduction of CO2 emissions from production activities, we have achieved improvement in the CO2 emissions per basic unit of production through diligent energy-saving activities and promotion of best practices in the region. However, due to our business reorganization, we were unable to achieve our fiscal 2016 target on the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, we were able to achieve the rest of the fiscal 2016 targets set in other areas, including products and environmental education. We will continue to contribute to the environment, with activities that suit the distinctive characteristics of each country in the region.
Targets of Southeast Asia & Pacific Eco Declaration and Results of Fiscal 2016
|Items||Fiscal 2016 targets||Fiscal 2016 results|
Panasonic Receives Certification from the Singapore Government for its Water Conservation Activities
Since 2004, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore has been giving recognition to businesses and organizations for outstanding efforts at water conservation with the presentation of its Water Efficient Building Certification. Of the 16 business and work sites in Singapore that won Water Efficient Building (Gold) and (Silver) Certifications in October 2015, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (PFSAP) won Silver Certification in the field of electronics.
PFSAP acquired the Basic Certification in 2007. However, its diligent efforts at improving water-related facilities and air-conditioning systems to bring further efficiency in the use of water, as well as its activities to foster employee awareness, led to this higher recognition.
Lithium-ion Storage Battery System Business Strengthened in Oceania
In Australia, the stable supply of electric power is a major social issue. To address this problem, Panasonic Australia Pty Ltd. commenced a collaborative demonstration project with electric power retailers etc. in June 2015, to reinforce power solutions utilizing household lithium-ion storage batteries system. Although 1.4 million households in Australia are already using photovoltaic power generation systems, homes serving as monitors for the demo project will be equipped with the household lithium-ion storage battery system to examine the degree of eco-conscious power use and reductions in the load on the power grid. From November 2015, the products have started launching in the market through the electric power retail company. Also, our storage battery system has also been adopted in the subsidy program implemented by the government of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in April 2016.
In New Zealand, household lithium-ion storage battery systems were put on the market from March 2016.
Announcement of the demonstration project in Australia
Sales of Eco-conscious Detached Houses and Condominiums
PanaHome MKH Malaysia Sdn Bhd and property developer MKH Berhad have embarked on a joint project to market approx. 500 detached houses and some 300 condominium units in Selangor State. MKH started sales in mid-April.
All of the detached houses and condominiums are equipped with PURETECH ventilation systems developed by PanaHome and energy-saving household appliances by the Panasonic Group to give both residential comfort and eco-conscious living. Additionally, the W-PC construction method based on the Japanese Wall Pre-cast Concrete structure was developed and introduced for the construction of detached houses. The method is noted for outstanding heat insulation, ventilation, and watertight properties as well as short construction time.
For the condominium project, showrooms have been opened for the condominium units and for units scheduled to be developed in the future. The Group is offering greater advancement in the value of residential living by integrating its construction, equipment, and household appliance technologies.
Residential zone after completion
UNESCO Joint Project Provides Next Generation Educational Support
In November 2015, UNESCO and Panasonic Corporation signed a project agreement to promote educational support aimed at sustainable development for the next generation of young people living in the vicinity of the Ancient City of Bagan in Myanmar, which is currently a nominee for UNESCO World Heritage listing. The 2-year program was launched in December. Under the agreement, Panasonic will donate a total of 500 units of its "eneloop solar storage" with LED lights, solar panels, and storage batteries to about 40 schools located in off-grid communities in the vicinity of the Ancient City of Bagan. This will support the development of a school environment where students can study at any time of the day under safe and bright lights.
Panasonic will also provide educational support for youths, in partnership with Myanmar's Ministry of Education and the local government. In addition, Eco Learning Programs will be conducted to raise environmental awareness of the next-generation children to motivate them to take concrete action.
Presentation ceremony for the eneloop solar storage system
eneloop solar storage system
CSR Report Highly Evaluated and Ranks Top in Social Responsibility among Japanese Companies for Three Consecutive Years
Since 2013, Panasonic Corporation of China (PCN) has been publishing the China Panasonic Corporate Social Responsibility Report to present the CSR and environmental activities of the Panasonic Group in China, in order to win the understanding of Chinese society and stakeholders and to build social trust for the company.
The fiscal 2015 edition published in June 2015 won the top score of 5 stars from the Chinese Expert Committee on CSR Report Rating, progressing from 4.5 stars given the previous year. This was the result of its extensive disclosure of environmental data since the previous year, as well as the inclusion of opinions and advice received from experts at public hearings.
China Panasonic Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014
In November the same year, the Corporate Social Responsibility Blue Paper (2015) was announced at the leading-edge CSR forum for Chinese businesses, organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the country's foremost academic institution in CSR research. In the Blue Paper, Panasonic ranked 29th. Among Japanese companies, it ranked top for the third consecutive year. The ranking is based on an overall assessment of each company, including publication of CSR reports and annual reports, disclosure of information on official corporate websites, as well as developments in CSR-related awards, negative reporting in the media, etc. Panasonic rated particularly high in the field of the environment.
At the forum, the representative of PCN shared with other participants the company's policy on CSR and daily CSR management practices.
Announcement by the company
Massive Volunteer Effort Organized on the Theme of "Environmental Protection Together with Our Community Colleagues"
Panasonic Group business sites scattered throughout China commenced a massive volunteer effort on a unified theme in 2015. The first such event, organized under the theme of "environmental protection together with our community colleagues," took place in June and July in 11 cities, with 455 employees from 24 companies engaged in managing the event. It drew the participation of more than 6,000 people, including local residents.
In Beijing, exchange of second-hand goods and materials took place. Local residents who brought used thick clothing for people living in mountainous areas or books for senior citizens received energy-saving electric light bulbs in return. In Wuxi, volunteers worked on producing "eco-enzyme solvent" made by packing PET bottles with kitchen garbage and letting it ferment for three months. It contributed not only for use as fertilizer for garden plants and to cleaning water pipes, but also to raising awareness of environmental protection. In Dalian, Guangzhou and other areas, beach-cleaning and other activities took place.
Activity in Beijing
Eco Picture Diary Contest Participated by 120,000 Children
The Eco Picture Diary Global Contest is a competition in which children make picture diaries about eco activities they have carried out at schools or at home. The Eco Picture Diary Contest in China has been held annually for the past five years. In 2015, there were over 120,000 entrants for the contest. The judging panel carefully screened the submitted works, to choose ten children for the top prize, another 800 winners of merit awards, and six merit awards for organizations.
The award ceremony was held in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, on December 5. Participants talked about each other's pictures and exchanged ideas on environmental protection. They also listened to a lecture about the Eco Picture Diary contest by the head of the judging panel.
From the next day the children visited a Miao village designated as a world cultural heritage site, where they experienced the traditional art. They also visited Yuntai Mountain in Shibing County, Guizhou Province, a world heritage site, to receive environmental education.
Presenting awards to representative winners
Continuous Promotion of Activities to Realize the ‘eco ideas’ Declaration (Fiscal 2016 Mid-term Environmental Targets)
The nine Panasonic Group companies in Taiwan issued their "Taiwan 'eco ideas' Declaration" in October 2011 and are currently focusing on achieving their targets in terms of products, manufacturing, and employee activities for fiscal 2016.
The results for fiscal 2016 are shown as follows, demonstrating the success in achieving all of the planned targets. We plan to continue making contributions to the environment founded on Taiwan's 'eco ideas' Declaration, specifically in products and production activities and activities organized by employees.
Targets of Taiwan 'eco ideas' Declaration and results of Fiscal 2016
|Items||Fiscal 2016 Targets||Fiscal 2016 Results|
|'eco ideas' for Lifestyles||
(1) ECONAVI products expanded to 10 product groups, and sales ratio of these products to increased 51%.
|'eco ideas' for Business -styles||
*1 Examples of activities in fiscal 2016 include the tree planting activity involving 518 participants which took place in Dajia Riverside Park in Taoyuan City (March 2016) and the beach cleaning activity with 542 participants in New Taipei City (December 2015).
Two ECONAVI Products Win Top Recognition in Trusted Brand Awards
In June 2015, Panasonic refrigerators and washing machines equipped with the ECONAVI function were named Platinum Trusted Brands, the top award of the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Award, Taiwan's most prestigious brand assessment body. Each year, most trusted brands are selected in 54 product categories. This is the first time in the history of the awards that a single brand won the Platinum Trusted Brand Awards for two categories.
The honor came as a result of the sales expansion of ECONAVI products over the past five years. ECONAVI functionality is installed in approx. 80% of our models, especially for washing machines and refrigerators, and maintains a high market share. In addition, the Panasonic brand won the Gold Trusted Brand Awards, ranked second to Platinum, for TVs, air conditioning systems, air purifiers, humidifiers, and shavers, garnering a total of recognition in eight categories, which is the most in the industry.
Encouraged by this success, we plan to continue working on further strengthening our brand power and wider dissemination of appliances equipped with ECONAVI.
Commemorative plaque presented by the National Communications Commission of Taiwan.
Panasonic Taiwan Publishes its Sustainability Report
In June 2016, Panasonic Taiwan Co., Ltd. published the Taiwan Panasonic Group Sustainability Report 2015, its first CSR and environmental report for the region. The report features the current state of management of the Panasonic Group in Taiwan, as well as its activities in the areas of corporate ethics, human resource development, safety and hygiene, and environmental contributions. It is being used actively in communicating with the customers, business partners and other stakeholders.
In the area of the environment, the environmental activities implemented in accordance with the Taiwan 'eco idea' Declaration have been disclosed in the report to widely communicate them to society.
Taiwan Panasonic Group Sustainability Report 2015
Promotion of Actions to Achieve the Sustainability Declaration Targets
Panasonic Europe Ltd. (PE) set out its sustainability targets to be achieved by fiscal 2016 in the Sustainability Declaration issued in September 2013. The activities and results for fiscal 2016 are as follows. The target 'Size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through production activities' was achieved by the implementation of measures site by site. This was enhanced by managers of the production sites in Europe sharing CO2 reduction practices biannually. However, the achievemnt of some of the other targets was hampered by business reorganization. For the future, we plan to strengthen our B2B solution business and boost our contribution to CO2 reduction through our business operations.
Targets of the Sustainable Declaration for Europe and CIS and results of FY2016
|Items||Fiscal 2016 Targets||Fiscal 2016 Results|
|Products requiring energy efficiency labeling*2||More than 80% of devices sold by Panasonic to be in the top two classes for energy efficiency||
|Environmental education for children||Environmental education to bring the total since fiscal 2011 to more than 300,000 children||
|Size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through production activities||Reduction contribution of more than 10,000 tons a year at production sites in EU||
|Waste reduction in production sites within the EU||Factory waste recycling rate of 99% or more and a 5% reduction in waste generation per unit of production (compared with fiscal 2013)||
|Work-life balance||Establishment and active promotion of e-work policy at sales companies||
*2 Refrigerators, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, TVs, and lamps, including products that may be covered in the future such as vacuum cleaners and microwave ovens.
*3 Size of contribution in CO2 emissions of factories that were consolidated or sold in and after fiscal 2007 are not included.
Sustainability Report Wins Top Rating from EcoVadis
EcoVadis provides a collaborative platform enabling companies to evaluate the sustainability activities of their suppliers. It uses 21 CSR indicators and covers suppliers across 150 categories in 110 countries.
Of the four major assessment categories (Environment, Labor practices, Fair operating practices, and Supply chain), Panasonic, in its capacity as a supplier in the B2B solution business for automotive products and other devices, achieved high scores in both the Environment and Supply chain categories. Overall, Panasonic ranked among the top 5% of targeted companies and received a Gold rating. This encourages us to work for further progress in our sustainability activities.
Partnership Agreement Concluded with the National Trust
The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, in the UK, commonly known as the National Trust, is a charity engaging in protecting and opening to the public a number of cultural and natural sites. The Trust has an objective to both enable visitors to gain new experiences from its sites and pay strong attention to environmental conservation.
This applies to its own operations where it has targets of 20% reduction in energy consumption and 50% reduction in use of fossil fuels, to be achieved by 2020.
Panasonic UK (PUK) started relations with the National Trust in 2013 through a Lumix digital camera campaign, encouraging beautiful photography of historical sites, preserving special memories. In October 2014, conclusion of long-term partnership agreement enabling the National Trust to utilize the wide range of our eco-conscious products and systems was announced.
In fiscal 2017, in addition to loaning Lumix cameras to visitors of historic heritage sites, PUK is offering Smart Home Surveillance Kits using outdoor cameras and donating Lumix cameras as prizes for photography contests themed on the landscapes and buildings of the historic sites owned by the Trust. Going forward, PUK will engage in various promotional activities in addition to publicity and advertising of a broader range of products, and implement business by making maximum use of the scenic beauty offered by the National Trust.
By becoming a true technology partner for the National Trust, PUK will help the Trust pursue a higher level of sustainability and greater satisfaction among visitors.
Joint campaign featuring the Lumix digital camera
Top Prize of the Energy Star Partner of the Year for the Fifth Consecutive Year
In March 2016, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (PESNA) received the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This year's award was given in recognition of our line of ventilation fans, which have the highest energy efficiency rating among Energy Star ventilation fans products, and also for the full lineup of our products continuing to surpass the ENERGY STAR evaluation standards.
PESNA, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010, was awarded the Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and has received the Sustained Excellence Award for five consecutive years from 2012.
Sustained Excellence Award Presentation Ceremony
Energy Businesses Promotion at the National Clean Energy Summit
The National Clean Energy Summit, which draws together experts from the clean energy business for discussions, took place in August 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the keynote speaker, President Obama expressed his expectations for growth in renewable energy and attracted wide attention. In the panel discussion, representatives of PESNA spoke to an audience of more than 400 on the company's growth in its environment-related businesses, including expansion of its solar energy business and on solutions to achieve both reductions in CO2 emissions and cost cuts.
Exchange of opinions taking place on stage
Energy Solution for Cutting Down Electricity Costs for Telecom Carriers
With the increasing speed and complexity of mobile telecommunications in recent years, loads at base stations are rising, increasing the electricity costs for telecom carriers. To address this issue, from summer 2016, PESNA will offer telecom carriers a comprehensive energy solution that incorporates our best-in-industry lithium ion batteries and HIT solar modules in combination with energy management technology by our business partner.
This solution for cell tower and Wi-Fi spots is called Green Tower, and can be operated not only with grid power but also with micro-grids and independent power sources, presenting a huge advantage for telecom carriers.
Cooperation with Eco-House Development in Ontario, Canada
Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. has embarked on the development of eco-conscious homes in October 2015, in cooperation with Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climatic Change. The company supplies systems that combine home solar panels and accumulator batteries to local real estate developers. A pilot project involving installation of the system was completed in September 2015, and a model house has been built by the developer. We plan to continue promoting the development of eco-homes in Canada in the future.
Solar panels installed on houses
Large-scale Photovoltaic Power Generation Solution Introduced in El Salvador
Located close to the equator, El Salvador is rich in solar exposure. For this reason, interest is growing in photovoltaic power generation that can utilize the resources while reducing CO2 emissions. In connection with this development, Panasonic Sales Latin America (PLAT), in a partnership with the electric power utility company Grupo Siman, installed photovoltaic power generation systems on the roof of the El Angel cotton warehouse that it owns in San Salvador, the capital. The project consists of three 500 kW photovoltaic power generation systems and one 1 MW system, which can generate approx. 11,000 kW a day. It is scheduled to supply electricity to the power grid of government-owned power utility and subscriber businesses.
Photovoltaic power generation solution introduced at the El Angel warehouse
Eco-awareness Promoted at Exhibitions and in Advertisements
PLAT organized Eco-Roadshows (traveling exhibitions) at premium shopping malls in Bogota, Colombia, in October 2015. The exhibitions promoted the importance of contributing to the global environment through business activities, as a major element in fulfilling the brand slogan, "A Better Life, A Better World." The exhibition featured the company's housing solutions, including creating, storing, and saving energy, as well as energy management.
ECONAVI home appliance section
Photovoltaic power generation system on display
Panasonic do Brasil Limitada (PANABRAS) is implementing a marketing campaign featuring popular actress/model Fernanda Lima to promote its eco-conscious white goods, in the face of the Olympic Games that will take place in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016. Its energy-saving refrigerators and water-saving washing machines manufactured at its Extrema Plant were promoted through advertisements, publicity, events, and Facebook.
Advertising visual featuring ECONAVI products
Latin America Environmental Conference
Panasonic held its Second Latin America Environmental Conference in June 2015. Attendees include the Regional Head of Latin America, the President of the host company, Panasonic Mexico, as well as environmental compliance administrators from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Japan.
Since in fiscal 2016, Latin America is working on the implementing the Environmental Change Project aimed at reviewing the environmental activities in the region and to promote greater localization. In the environmental conference, global environmental trends, the direction of environmental activities by the Panasonic Group, and environmental issues and efforts by local factories and sales companies in Latin America were shared to further vitalize the activities. Compliance with various environmental laws and regulations recently developed and introduced in the regions, as well as accelerating the reduction of CO2 emissions from our factories were also discussed.
We will further promote environmental activities in Latin America through cooperation with Japan and other regions as well as regular checks on the progress of activities.
Scene from the conference
India, South Asia, Middle East & Africa
Energy Conservation Devices Presented at Renewable Energy India Expo
Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd. (PI) participated in the Renewable Energy India Expo, an international exhibition on solar power and energy-saving equipment that took place in September 2015. It drew 550 exhibitors from around the world and more than 15,000 visitors.
With blackouts due to electricity shortages becoming a social issue, demand for energy solutions is growing in India. In response to this development, PI showcased devices related to energy saving, creation, and storage, as well as B2B solutions, under the theme of Panasonic Smart Energy Solutions. Samples of products scheduled to be launched in the future were also displayed. The company promoted environmental contribution by Panasonic to achieve a sustainable society.
Panasonic India booth
Large-scale Energy Storage Project at a Panasonic Manufacturing Site
In April 2016, PI announced that it will launch an energy storage project using 10 MW lithium ion batteries, jointly with a leading American power generation company, at its manufacturing site Panasonic Techno Park located in Jhajjar, Haryana, India.
This project was achieved by integrating our production strength in lithium ion storage batteries and our partner's energy storage solution platform. Storing energy generated with the photovoltaic power generation system already installed in Techno Park and nighttime power enables stable supply of power to surrounding areas, and also can serve as a backup power source for the factory. The energy storage system is expected to complete by the end of 2017.
With the increase in power consumption and expected growth in power generated from renewable energy in India, the project between the two companies is attracting interest as one of India's largest energy storage projects.
Proposing Environmental Value of Homes at the Region's Largest Electrical Appliances Exhibition
Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa FZE (PMMAF) participated in Middle East Electricity 2016, the largest electrical appliance exhibition in the Middle East and Africa that took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), in March 2016.
The Panasonic booth featured residential equipment including Solar panels, Wiring Devices , Ventilation Fans & Air Moving Equipments, and LED Lighting fixtures, under our home business brand Panasonic Homes & Living. Solutions for enhancing the environmental value of homes, by means of generating power essential for everyday living, connecting appliances inside the home with safety and security, and using them in comfort and saving energy at the same time, attracted great attention.
Solar panel section