Promoting Regional Environmental Sustainability Management

In the Panasonic Group, each Regional Headquarters, sales company, manufacturing company, or other Panasonic entity plans and implements its own environmental sustainability activities in line with its own local environment issues and business characteristics, based on the annual environmental management policy set by the Group. The scope of the plan is not limited to reducing environmental impact, complying with environmental legislation, or preventing environmental risks. In fact, the plan covers a variety of matters including resolving environmental issues through business activities in collaboration with local business partners and promoting social contribution activities in coordination with local communities. We are working globally to build a more sustainable society.

Southeast Asia & Oceania

Panasonic and NParks Partner on Firefly Species Recovery Programme at Pasir Ris Park

Panasonic Asia Pacific (Panasonic) and the National Parks Board (NParks) have collaborated on a project to boost the firefly population at Pasir Ris Park. As part of the year-long partnership, Panasonic has contributed S$20,000 to the NParks Firefly Species Recovery Programme through NParks' registered charity and Institution of Public Character (IPC) - Garden City Fund - and provided volunteers to support mangrove forest conservation efforts. The programme aims to gain a better understanding of the optimal living conditions for the mangrove firefly population to thrive and improve the firefly habitat in the Pasir Ris Park mangrove zone.
As insects that are not commonly sighted in Singapore, fireflies are highly sensitive to changes in their environment and their presence is a good biological indicator of a healthy mangrove habitat. The mangrove habitat at Pasir Ris Park has not been disturbed by development for over 50 years and is the only site on the mainland Singapore with a firefly population that is accessible to the general public.

Green Industry Award received by PAPRDTH

Panasonic Appliance Refrigeration Devices Thailand (PAPRDTH) was honored to receive the Green Industry (Level 4 Green Culture) Award from the Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry. This award was launched by the Ministry of Industry in 2011 to raise awareness of industrial firms on environmental and social issues and rewarded environmental friendly industries by awarding Green Industry marks - Level 1 Green Commitment, Level 2 Green Activities, Level 3 Green System, Level 4 Green Culture and Level 5 Green Network.
To achieve Level 4 Green Culture award, the organization must demonstrate everyone's accountability on environmental and social concerns as an integral part of the organization's culture.

China

Awarded as ’China Environmental Labeling Excellent Company’ by creating ’green’ products.

Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (Dalian) Co., Ltd is actively working on reduction of environmental loads by creating 'green' products. In 2013, we participated in the working group to set a "Standard for environmental labeling certification for industrial cooling equipment", and obtained a "Certificate of China environmental labeling". In 2019, Panasonic lithium bromide absorption products were selected as the only one product listed in "Government Green Procurement (GGP) List for Environmental Labelling Products" in the industry. In October 2019, Panasonic was awarded as a "China Environmental Labeling Excellent Company" in the "International Symposium on Green Consumption -25 Years of China Environmental Labeling Program".

Europe

Panasonic Energy Belgium N.V. (PECBE) has realized a Zero-CO2 factory.

We have been working on realizing 'Zero-CO2 factories' on a global scale as one of our activities to drive business forward aiming for a sustainable society. “Zero-CO2 factories” are CO2 neutral in their operations. In January 2019, PECBE (Panasonic Energy Belgium) a dry-cell battery factory, became a Zero-CO2 factory*1.
In order to achieve this, PECBE has installed a wind power generation system, a facility for generating power from renewable energy sources, and has been procuring 100% electricity from renewable sources. PECBE has also been utilizing credits to offset CO2 emissions from any remaining fossil fuels.
In addition, aiming to be an environmentally-friendly factory, PECBE has been conducting various environment-related activities such as replacing existing lighting fittings with LED lighting fittings, introducing an electric vehicle as a company vehicle, and utilizing waste wood for the walls of the company canteen.

*1. Zero-CO2 factory: A factory whose CO2 emissions are substantially zero, through the increase of energy efficiency, the procurement of energy from renewable sources, generation of renewable energy, utilization of credits to offset CO2 emissions, and other such measures.

PECBE's wind power generation

Panasonic has been Awarded EcoVadis' Highest Gold Sustainability Rating for the 5th Consecutive Year

EcoVadis provides a collaborative platform that enables individual companies to monitor activities for sustainability of their business partners and suppliers. With EcoVadis' assessment tool, each company is analyzed and assessed in terms of the four categories: "environment", "labor practices and human rights," "fair business practices," and "sustainable procurement". In April 2019, as a supplier for mainly B2B customers, Panasonic was awarded the highest Gold rating, which is provided only to the top 5% of the subject companies who gained high scores in the overall evaluation, for the 5th consecutive year.

North America

PECA Energy Reduction by Implementing LED Lighting at our Lithium Battery factory

During 2019FY, Panasonic Energy Corporation of America (PECA) purchased 286 LED lighting fixtures from our sister Panasonic company, Universal Lighting Technologies in Nashville, TN. These replaced our existing T-8 fluorescent lighting fixtures. Most of these lights are on 24/7 since we typically run a three-shift operation at our Lithium Division.
This project resulted in providing better lighting for our employees while dramatically reducing our energy usage as the new LED lights only use 50% of the electricity of the old fluorescent fixtures. We expect to reduce our electricity consumption by 150,000 KwH per year which represents a savings of $12,000.

Panasonic Earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year--Sustained Excellence Award

Panasonic received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Panasonic's accomplishments are recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Panasonic, an ENERGY STAR® partner since 2010, was honored with the EPA's most prominent award for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency and healthy homes, as well as for its critical role supporting future improvements to ENERGY STAR® ventilation fans. With the highest efficacy of any ENERGY STAR rated ventilation fan, Panasonic continues to exceed industry standards.

More than 140,000 pounds of e-waste collected and counting

Electronic waste or e-waste recycling helps prevent the release of hazardous substances into the environment and helps create opportunities to give old devices new life. To help increase the amount of electronic waste that gets recycled versus discarded into landfills, we have teamed up with The City of Newark, Covanta, and Urban Renewal Group Corp. to encourage Newark residents to recycle their unused electronics by bringing them to free e-waste collection events throughout the year. Our goal is to stage at least one community collection event in each Newark Ward each year.
"When Panasonic moved the headquarters to Newark in 2014, we saw the need to increase residents’ opportunities to recycle their used electronic products," said David Thompson, PNA’s Director of the Corporate Environmental Department. "Through these events we hope to provide and easy and secure way for the community to prevent e-waste from reaching landfills". Since 2014, Panasonic, together with our community partners, has managed to safely recycle more than 140,000 lbs. of electronic waste from neighborhoods across Newark. At each recycling event there is staff on hand to help residents unload and properly sort all collected e-waste.
"As the household use of electronics grows, Panasonic will continue to provide this service to the community to ensure environmentally responsible disposal of e-waste," said Andrea Murphy, Manager of the Corporate Environmental Department.

Latin America

Realization of Zero CO2 emission factory in Costa Rica

In Latin America, we are also steadily promoting the manufacturing, which does not emit CO2, towards more sustainable societies that Panasonic aims at.
In January 2020, a dry battery factory in Costa Rica was certified as the first 'Carbon neutral factory' in the country.Following to 3 factories in Brazil, the factory realized zero CO2 emission, and became the 4th zero Co2 emission factory in Latin America. The factory conducted a thorough energy saving by improving the facilities and equipment in the factory and the factory design, and procured the maximum amount of renewable energy at the same time. Then, the factory made use of credits to offset CO2 emissions generated from fossil fuels. In addition, the factory has been highly praised for its contribution to the community for 53 years since its founding, and its track record of continuously implementing various environmental activities to reduce environmental loads including electricity, drainage, and hazardous substances. Under such background, a public-private partnership project has been launched with the support of the Government of Costa Rica. By this project, we have decided to install 400 solar panels to fill 10% of the total amount of electricity to be used in the factory with solar power in fiscal 2021.

Held the carbon neutral factory certification signing ceremony with Mrs. Dobles, the first lady of Costa Rica.

Contributing to local communities through ensuring environmental education for all of our employees.

In Latin America, we are continuously promoting the environmental education for our employees to raise their awareness to the environment at each site.
In Panasonic peruana (PANAPERU), an in-house campaign to collect waste home appliances has been run. Through the campaign, the employees gain knowledge on waste home appliances and how to properly dispose the wastes; as a result, they respectively have put into practice of proper disposing of the wastes.
In Peru, the Home Appliance Recycling Law has been enforced; however, awareness of the law in the country is still low, and the reality is that in most cases, waste home appliances are dismantled and disposed by illegal traders. In order to improve the current situation, we invited the person in charge from an association of waste management, Associacion Peruana de Actores para la Gestion de Residuos (ASPAGERE) as a lecturer. In the lecture the participants learned the circumstance of the Home Appliance Recycling Law and disposal, and deepened their understanding of 'the importance of properly disposing waste home appliances by always separating waste home appliances from general wastes, which leads to prevention of environmental pollution'. As a practice of the knowledge, they are promoting proper waste disposal in their local community by collecting waste home appliances from each household.
In addition, Manaus factory of Panasonic Brasil (PANABRAS) holds a variety of seminars on environmental subjects for its employees every year, in collaboration with the local region. For example, the Manaus factory gained support from an NGO (GAVAIAM Institute NGO) located in Manaus City, and also held a seminar as a part of an industrial area fair called 'Feira de Sustentabilidade do Polo Industrial de Manaus' in Manaus with the concept of 'Sustainability & Technology'. At the seminar, the participants gained knowledge on ecology of flora and fauna that inhabit in the Amazon region, and knowledge to protect the nature; and the participants also did role-playing activities in which they thought about the environment in their own town from viewpoints of a cleaner. In the Amazon region, balancing economic development and environmental conservation has been an important issue; therefore, the Manaus factory has contributed to the conservation of nature in the Amazon region through these activities in collaboration with local communities.

Seminar at the Peru factory
Participants who learned about flora and fauna, and the environment in the Amazon region

India, South Asia, Middle East & Africa

E-waste Symposium and Collection Drive for Panasonic Employees

Panasonic India has conducted a two days E-waste Symposium on 30th & 31st July,2019 at Panasonic India Headquarters followed by a collection drive for the employees where the program specified the sensitization on safe & Responsible disposal of E-waste and importance of E-waste Recycling. We have got a very good response from the employees in showcasing the E-waste artefact in the workshop. The employees have also participated in the E-waste collection drive where the contest was executed in 2 phases. Many of the employees have also participated in disposing their E-waste from home location where our recycling partner has picked up the material for responsible recycling. To make this activity more interesting, the team has converted this collection drive into a contest followed by certification for each Panasonic participants.

Panasonic partners with 200 schools to raise awareness on International E-Waste Day on October 14

The initiative is a part of the company’s flagship program ‘Harit Umang – Joy of Green’, aimed at nurturing the ecosystem by developing sustainable practices and imparting green knowledge through active engagements with schools and communities. The event was addressed by the Guest of Honor, Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, Director and Scientist F, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India along with Mr. Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia and Ms. Ritu Ghosh, Head, Corporate Affairs & CSR, Panasonic India and saw various theme based performances by students highlighting safe methods of collection and disposal of e-waste.
Upholding its Green Practices agenda, the company strengthened its partnership with 200 schools across Delhi-NCR region, with an aim to sensitize and encourage responsible disposal of e-waste and plastic waste in and around school campuses. As one of its key pillars, the program has been creating awareness regarding the ill-effects of uninformed behavior and importance of enabling right channelizing of e-waste and plastic waste ensuring safe recycling. Panasonic has donated various recycling bins to schools and RWAs to encourage everyone join the collection drive with commitment to safe disposal of electronic waste.
For more information about ‘Harit Umang – Joy of Green’, please visit
https://harit-umang.in.panasonic.com/

Awareness Programs by our Recycling Partner - 'Enhancing Recycling Through Knowledge Sharing and Community Mobilization' Powered by Panasonic.

Recykal along with Panasonic has designed, developed and conducted structured awareness programs for various institutions like schools, RWA's, Municipalities etc. that offer a well-defined menu of the benefits of recycling E-Waste and creating a clean and resource abundant environment. This is done to educate all stakeholders in the value chain on the benefits of implementing a successful E-waste management program within their premises and highlighting the ill effects and health hazards of dumping E-waste in landfills or processing E-waste in informal settings. Panasonic and Recykal commonly share the belief that real change happens through community mobilization towards a common goal. With this in mind Recykal along with support and sponsorship of Panasonic has conducted awareness programs in various schools to inculcate the habit of E-waste and general recycling among the future generations at an early age as we believe that children are the biggest decision influencers within a family and community.