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.
With the Panasonic Group's new brand slogan introduced in fiscal 2014, "A Better Life, A Better World," we are promoting environmental initiatives as an important element in achieving this goal. In production activities, exhaustive energy-saving measures have been implemented in all factories worldwide, pushing for further CO2 reduction in our production activities. At the same time, Panasonic has introduced its own indicator called "the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions" to strengthen CO2 reduction efforts during product use as well. We have increased the number of products boasting top environmental performance levels in the industry. Furthermore, we are cutting down CO2 emissions from product use at home by expanding the scope of products equipped with the ECONAVI function, which uses sensor technology etc. to detect wasteful electricity and cut down consumption automatically. Moreover, actions are being taken to expand the use of recycled resources in our pursuit of Recycle-oriented Manufacturing, such as through the launch of Resources Recycling-oriented Products which use recycled resources.
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: mainly CO2 reduction and resources recycling, and 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 2014 compared with the numerical targets in the Green Plan 2018 is shown below.
|Numerical targets||Results in 2013|
|Size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions*1: 47 million tons in 2015||41.58 million tons|
|Reduction in CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics*2: 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*3: 16% or more in 2018||17.2%|
|Factory waste recycling rate*4: 99.5% or more in 2018||98.7%|
|Provide environmental education to 2 million children around the world by 2018||1.993 million children*5|
*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.
*2 CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics = CO2 emissions in logistics/Transportation weight
*3 Recycled resource utilization ratio = Recycled resources used/Total resources used
*4 Factory waste recycling rate = Amount of resources recycled/ (Amount of resources recycled + Amount of final disposal)
*5 Cumulative total from 2009 to 2013. Results for 2013 alone is 528,000.
Note: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 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 2014 (April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014), fiscal 2016 (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016), and fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019), respectively.