Environment : Panasonic Environment Vision 2050

Panasonic Environment Vision 2050

While the global attention being paid to the social issues surrounding the environment and energy is intensifying, the focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and the Paris Agreement—through which a number of countries allied together to work towards global warming prevention—indicates the seriousness of these issues worldwide.

Also, in the World Economic Forum held in January 2018, where political and economic leaders from across the world gathered, the issues concerning the environment and energy, such as climate change and natural disasters, occupied the major part of the list of the most significant risks. Based upon the results of these discussions, the world leaders initiated actions that could lead to fundamental solutions.

Aware that society's expectations of the role of corporations in resolving these global social issues is rising, Panasonic formulated the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 in 2017 to determine our own initiatives in responding to the expectations and requests from our stakeholders.

The Environment Vision 2050 means to work towards creation and more efficient utilization of energy which exceeds the amount of energy used, aiming for a society with clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle.

Currently, relative to the amount of energy used (energy used in our operation, and energy used by products in consumer use), the amount of energy created (clean energy that is created and/or made available by products and services by Panasonic, such as photovoltaic power generation systems, storage batteries, and energy solutions) is merely one-tenth.
From now on, for the energy used, we will develop technologies for improving energy-saving performances of products and innovate manufacturing processes to reduce the amount of energy consumption. For the energy created, we will expand energy-creation and storage businesses as well as contribute to new social systems such as a hydrogen society to increase the use of clean energy.

Through these efforts, Panasonic will endeavor to make the "energy created" exceed the "energy used" toward the year 2050.

Panasonic Environment Vision 2050:To achieve "a better life" and "a sustainable global environment," Panasonic will work towards creation and more efficient utilization of energy which exceeds the amount of energy used, aiming for a society with clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle. Energy used < Energy created

Activities for Achieving the Environment Vision 2050

In order to realize the Environment Vision 2050, we promote two major activities.

One of the initiatives to realize the Environment Vision 2050 is "creating a safe and secure society with clean energy." To be specific, we will work to provide eco-conscious and smart living spaces as well as contribute to eco-conscious and smart travel and transport.

Another initiative is "promoting businesses aiming for a sustainable society." We will work to promote effective utilization of resources as well as promote the creation of factories with zero CO2 emissions.

1. Panasonic will Create a Safe and Secure Society with Clean Energy

The eco-conscious and smart living spaces that Panasonic strives to provide means living spaces that create electricity and/or hydrogen using clean energy and then storing/transporting the created energy. Such living spaces offer a safe and secure life with clean energy enabled through appropriate energy management for energy-saving equipment and buildings with high insulation performances. Here, living spaces refer to not only homes of individuals but also working or learning spaces, and spaces for living or leisure. It refers to all spaces relating to people's lives.

In order to realize this, Panasonic will work on development of environmental technologies from the four viewpoints of energy creation, energy saving, energy storage, and energy management.

As for energy creation, in particular, we will develop a next-generation solar cell technology and fuel cell technologies that use hydrogen derived from clean energy as energy source. At the same time, for energy storage, we will work on technologies relating to storing and/or supplying hydrogen, and storage batteries. These will expand the possibilities of utilizing clean energy anywhere in the society.

We will also work on developing environmental technologies to realize eco-conscious and smart travel and transport. With further development in technology of storage battery systems for eco-cars such as electric vehicles, we will contribute to promoting the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. Additionally, for a safe mobility society, we will work on further development of support systems for autonomous driving and utilize our IoT technology etc. to realize next-generation logistics/transport solutions that help arteries in the society flow more smoothly.

In June 2018, we started a demonstration experiment concerning pure hydrogen fuel cells in the "Yume Solar Kan Yamanashi" in Komekurayama, Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. In this experiment, hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water with clean electricity generated from photovoltaic cells, which is then used to run three 5kW pure hydrogen fuel cell batteries. The aim of this experiment is to verify reliability and efficient operational control under variable power demands. Through this demonstration experiment, we aim to improve the pure hydrogen fuel cell functions, contributing to the creation of a society where people can live safely with clean energy.

Pure hydrogen fuel cell batteries

2. Panasonic will Promote Businesses Aiming for a Sustainable Society

As efforts to promote effective utilization of resources, Panasonic will aim for sustainable use of resources through the reuse of parts and materials and product recycling.

To create factories with zero CO2 emissions, we are switching the lighting to LED, and plan to complete this transition by the end of fiscal 2019*1. We will also expand the utilization of advanced energy-management systems such as FEMS*2 and smart manufacturing. In addition, we will complete the adoption of photovoltaic power generation systems in all our business sites by the end of fiscal 2021*1 as an initiative to increase energy creation.

As a prior example of our efforts for creating a zero CO2 factory, Panasonic do Brazil (PANABRAS) has started using 100% renewable energyguaranteed electricity.

Specifically, in 2016, all three factories under PANABRAS (Extrema, San Jose, and Manaus) shifted to power companies that can supply 100% renewable energy-guaranteed electricity. Through this, the factories have become the first factories in Panasonic to achieve manufacturing with 100% renewable energy-guaranteed electricity. Taking this effort by PANABRAS as a prior example toward realizing a zero CO2 factory under the Environment Vision, we will sequentially expand the use of renewable energy.

*1 Installable sites
*2 Factory Energy Management System

Extrema factory in PANABRAS

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