Panasonic promote making its factories zero-CO2 emission factories as a part of efforts towards the Environment Vision 2050. Zero-CO2 emission factories contribute not only as measures for climate change, but also to reinforcement of environmental sustainability management through energy-saving measures in factories, reduction in CO2 emissions, productivity improvement, and reduction in energy costs. We formulated an "Environmental Action Plan, Green Plan 2021" for the current medium term with a focus on 'energy' as one of the priority issues. Based on the plan, all our factories are working to 'promote zero-CO2 emission model factories', 'increase the use of renewable energy', and 'promote production with energy minimum."
As a part of efforts to 'promote zero-CO2 emission model factories' in fiscal 2020, Panasonic Centroamericana S.A. (PCA) in Costa Rica realized zero CO2 emissions.*1
In the area of 'increasing the use of renewable energy', the amount of renewable energy adopted at our sites*2 in fiscal 2020 marked 32 thousand MWh and this figure shows steadily increasing transformation of the use of power towards the fiscal 2022 target of renewable energy generated at our sites of 40 thousand MWh.
As a part of efforts to 'promote production with energy minimum', each factory takes its own initiatives on the promotion. The fiscal 2020 investment to reduce the amount of energy used and CO2 emissions by the efforts was 2.6 billion yen.*3
These efforts in fiscal 2020 resulted in 18.5 thousand terajoules (TJ)*4 of the energy used in factories, which was reduced compared with the amount in fiscal 2019.
Until the completion of the "Environmental Action Plan Green Plan 2018", we used all of the fixed CO2 emission factors for calculating the amount of purchased electricity in each fiscal year. At formulating our Green Plan 2021, we replaced this fixed factors with factors by country and by fiscal year*5 and recalculated the CO2 emissions, including those in previous years. With the calculation by the new factors, the CO2 emissions in fiscal 2020 was 2.23 million tons.
In August 2019, Panasonic joined 'RE100',*6 an international initiative of corporations committed to change over to 100% renewable energy to be used for electricity in their business activities. We aim to replace all of our purchasing electricity across the world to 100% renewables by 2050, as well as to realize manufacturing with zero CO2 emissions.
Additionally, Panasonic has participated in Keidanren's "Action Plan for Low Carbon Society", a voluntary action program to prevent global warming, collaborating all members of the whole electrical and electronic industry, with targets set for 2030. Specifically, we are steadily implementing energy-saving measures at our factories and offices to achieve the goals set by the industry in Japan, aiming to 'improve the energy consumption per basic unit at our factories and large offices at an annual rate of 1% on average towards 2030'.