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.