Approaches and Activities Relevant to Energy (Products)

Towards "a better life" and "a sustainable global environment "compatibly, in order to realize the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 that aims to make societies where residents use clean energy and live a more comfortable lifestyle, we are striving to make the amount of the "energy created" exceed that of the "energy used." In terms of energy relevant to our products and services, Green Plan 2021 sets "increase the amount of the energy created" and "increase the size of contribution towards energy savings" in products and services as quantitative targets.

The Paris Agreement that came into effect in November 2016 sets out a target to limit global temperature increases to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and a more ambitious target to keep global temperature increases to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, as well as sets the goal for CO2 and other greenhouse gas emission levels for the second half of this century to be virtually zero. In order to achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement, we must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as much as possible. Therefore, all corporations are expected to further contribute to reduction in GHG emissions. Our efforts in line with the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 also contribute to reducing GHG emissions. We set targets to reduce these emissions from our business activities and our products by 30% by 2030 (vs. FY2014) and reach net zero by 2050, as well as reducing emissions from usage of our products by 30% by 2030 (vs. FY2014). This last target obtained accreditation for the targets as a Science Based Target*1 (SBT) in October 2017.

*1 SBT: an abbreviation of Science Based Target. It is a target to reduce GHG emissions consistent with scientific knowledge toward the goals to limit global temperature increases to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Amount of the Energy Created by Products and Services

"The amount of the energy created" by our products and services is composed of "creation" of the power generated by our products at customer sites, and "utilization" of the power stored at customer sites. In concrete terms, we regard the amount of the power generated by our solar photovoltaic systems and fuel cells as "creation," and the used amount of the power stored in automotive batteries and on-site storage batteries as "utilization." "The amount of the energy created" from our products and services refers to the sum of the "created" and "utilized" power. Using this "amount of the energy created" as an index to represent our continuous efforts to increase the energy to be created and utilized in customers' premises, we set numerical targets.

The fiscal 2020 result was 16 TWh.

The Size of the Contribution in Reducing the Energy Used by Products and Services

We define the "energy used by our products and services" as the amount of the energy used by our products at consumer sites. We plan to continue reducing the amount of the energy used by our products and services by further improving their energy-saving performance.

In order to promote reduction of the amount of the energy used by our products and services, we introduced the concept of "size of the contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used." We define the "size of the contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used" as the amount of the estimated energy used by our products after subtracting the amount of the energy actually used, assuming no improvement in their energy energy-saving performance since fiscal 2014. Using this "size of the contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used" as an index to represent our continuous efforts to reduce our energy consumption, we set numerical targets.

The size of contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used

This is an image showing the concept of the size of contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used

Within the "size of the contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used," we classify the contribution into two; 1) the contribution by our finished products, as "direct contributions"*2 and 2) the contribution by products and services except our finished products, as "indirect contributions."*3

The "size of the contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used" in fiscal 2020 was 31 TWh. Of this, the direct contribution was 30TWh and the indirect contribution was 1.8 TWh.

*2 Scope of the direct contribution: Household air conditioners, commercial air conditioners, lighting equipments and lamps, household refrigerators, commercial refrigerators, LCD TVs, washing and drying machines, fully-automatic washing machines, dish washer and dryers, IH cooking heaters, EcoCute, bathroom ventilation dryers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, ventilation fans, electric fans, electronic rice cookers, microwave ovens, electric bidet toilet seats, irons, hair dryers, electric showers, electric water heaters, under-rug heaters, vacuum cleaners, electric water boilers, range hoods, projectors, mounting machines, etc.
*3 Scope of the indirect contribution: Motors, thermal power conversion unit.

Reduction of the amount of the energy used is also reduction in GHG emissions. The size of the contribution in reducing CO2 emissions converted*4 from the size of the contribution in reducing the amount of the energy used was 17 Mt.

*4 CO2 emission factors (kg-CO2/kWh) used by region: 0.522 (Japan); 0.331 (Europe); 0.421 (North America); 0.623 (China & Northeast Asia); 0.718 (India & South Asia); 0.395 (Southeast Asia & Oceania); 0.297 (Latin America); and 0.709 (Middle East & Africa).

Expanding energy creation and energy-saving businesses

Miyako Island aims to achieve a 48.9% energy self-sufficiency rate by 2050. Since 2011, the island has been conducting Island-and-Islet Type Smart Community Islands Verification project, introducing energy management systems that cover houses, business sites, and agricultural lands.

Since 2016, the project has been shifted to development of a cloud-based energy management system. Utilizing the standard protocol, ECHONET Lite,*5 verification of the system controls and operations of EcoCute, energy storage equipment installed in Eco Park Miyako verification site has been conducted under a multi-vendor environment*6. Panasonic products are contributing to this project.

*5 Standard protocol for Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) that comprise houses recommended by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
*6 An environment where equipment of different manufacturers are installed.