Panasonic has been working to reduce CO2 emissions in factories with the aim to contribute to climate change mitigation, and reinforce our environmental management, such as by improving production efficiency in factories and reducing energy costs.
Since fiscal 2011, we have been using our unique indicator, the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions, to improve our energy management capabilities and reduce the CO2 emissions per basic unit, working to maximize the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions in production activities. In revising Green Plan 2018, our Environmental Action Plan, we changed the indicator for CO2 reductions in our production activities to “CO2 basic unit,” with the target for fiscal 2019 to exceed the fiscal 2014 level by at least 5% (more than 1% annual reduction on average).
In addition to individual efforts implemented in each factory, energy-saving and CO2 emission reduction measures including horizontal introduction of good examples across the company, specialist training, and CO2 ITAKONA initiatives*1 are promoted. We are also promoting the introduction of photovoltaic power generation to achieve our fiscal 2019 target of “at least 10,000 MWh of in-house renewable energy adoption.” Our investment in CO2 emissions reduction in fiscal 2018 was 3.5 billion yen*2.
As a result, the CO2 basic unit in fiscal 2018 reduced by 14% compared to fiscal 2014. Not only the basic unit but also the total amount of energy consumption is reducing steadily.
Furthermore, we are shifting the lighting to LED at our factories, offices, showrooms, and other buildings. We plan to complete this transition on a global scale by the end of fiscal 2019*3.
Panasonic is a member of Keidanren’s Commitment to a Low Carbon Society, a voluntary action program for global warming prevention across the entire electric and electronic industry, with the targets set aiming at 2030. Specifically, we are steadily implementing energy-saving measures in factories and offices in order to achieve the goals set by the industry in Japan, aiming improvement in energy consumption rate in factories and large offices at an annual rate of 1% on average towards 2030.