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.

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.

In 2013, 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. Based on this, 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.

Additionally, we formulated the Environment Vision 2050 in 2017 to achieve “a better life” and “a sustainable global environment,” aiming for a society with clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle. Under the Vision, through the development of products, technologies, and solutions relating to energy creation, storage, saving, and management, Panasonic will work towards creation and more efficient utilization of energy which exceeds the amount of energy used.

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"

Panasonic has introduced its own indicator called “the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions” to strengthen CO2 reduction efforts through products and services. The size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions had been disclosed from the fiscal 2011 results 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. In addition, the revised Green Plan 2018 clearly stated the target amount of CO2 reduction to clarify our contribution in these areas.

Furthermore, we define our products and services that accelerate the transition to a sustainable society, such as energy-saving performances, as Strategic Green Products (GPs). Of these, we call the products that deliver the industry’s top class environmental performance “Super GPs,” and are actively working for business expansion and wider use.

In production activities, exhaustive energy-saving measures have been implemented in all factories worldwide, pushing for further CO2 emissions reduction in our production activities. 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 related to enviromental pollution 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, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018 here refer to fiscal 2006 (April 1, 2005 - March 31, 2006), 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. This total of size of direct contribution through our key consumer products, and indirect contribution through our main housing, automotive, and B2B businesses.
*2 CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics = CO2 emissions in logistics/Transportation weight
*3 Factory waste recycling rate = Amount of resources recycled/ (Amount of resources recycled + Amount of landfill)
*4 Air conditioners, refrigerators, TVs, washing machines, etc.
*5 A ZEH is a house designed to produce net-zero or nearly zero consumption of primary energy per year by improving the energy-saving performance of the housing structure and equipment and utilizing energy efficient means such as renewable energy. The Japanese government aims to make ZEH as the standard for new houses by 2020. Including Nearly ZEH (A house that reduces its primary energy consumption per year by 75% to less than 100% by utilizing energy efficient means such as renewable energy).
*6 Our target was initially set at 68% but has been revised to 22% in 2017.
*7 Audio-visual solutions and mobility solutions equipment (such as laptop PCs) etc.

Our performance in fiscal 2017 compared with the numerical targets in the Green Plan 2018 is shown below.

Numerical Targets and Performance Levels under Green Plan 2018

Numerical Targets and Performance Levels under Green Plan 2018

*8 Smart cities constructed and sold by PanaHome Corporation.
*9 Cumulative total from 2009 to 2016. Results for 2016 alone is 90,000.

Note: 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 here refer to fiscal 2006 (April 1, 2005 - March 31, 2006), fiscal 2010 (April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010), 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.