Integrated Management of Corporate Environmental Information

In order to implement the PDCA cycle for environmental sustainability management, it is essential to collect a significant amount of data, such as amounts of used energy, waste, valuables, discharged and transferred chemical substances, and used water, etc. at each business site in a prompt and accurate manner.

Panasonic has built and introduced an environmental performance system, the Eco System (Factory), to globally collect and manage environmental data from all of own business sites. With this system, monthly CO2 emissions are managed in particular, allowing checking the progress of initiatives and identifying issues. The system plays an important role in achieving the reduction of CO2 emissions by sharing the information and taking measures.

The Eco System (Factory) is also functioning as a scheme for sharing information on the status of compliance among sites across the world. In the event of complaints from local community residents or when a specific value exceeds ordinance-regulated levels, as soon as the person in charge at the business site inputs the data on the system, information of the data is instantaneously e-mailed to relevant persons at the Company and the Head Quarters. Thereby, the system enables rapid information-sharing and appropriate actions.

Mechanism of the Eco System (Factory)

Eco System (Factory) collects a significant amount of environmental performance data on energy, waste, chemical substances, and water, etc. at each business site in a prompt and accurate manner.

As for products, legislation relating to chemical substances in products is becoming more stringent, and communication and disclosure of chemical information in the EU supply chain are mandatory under the REACH Regulations.

Panasonic developed own management system for chemical substances in products based on industry-standard information handling methods in order to respond to a wide range of regulations and requirements. In January 2017, Panasonic renewed the system to adopt chemSHERPA,*1 the new format for information handling of chemical substances in products led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
With the expansion of Panasonic automotive business, we also adopted the JAMA/JAPIA sheet,*2 the standard material data format for the Japanese automotive industry, in order to respond to increasingly complex and diverse regulations covering chemical substances used in products.

Mechanism of the Product chemical substance management system

Panasonic has developed and implements its own product chemical substance management system, which is s compatible with industry standards for information disclosure in this area. Through this system, we gather information from about 10,000 suppliers of components and materials for our products, both in and outside Japan, and promptly respond to investigation requests by customers concerning the chemical substances used in our products.

*1 New chemical information format led by METI and recommended by the Joint Article Management Promotion-Consortium (JAMP).
*2 A standardized datasheet for chemical compounds contained in automotive components in automotive industry.

Also, Panasonic aim to cut down CO2 emissions during product use by improving the energy-saving performance of own products.
For this reason, the Eco System (Product) is used to globally assess the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions by linking product performance data such as annual power consumption for each product category with other data such as sales volume and CO2 emission factors in each region.

Mechanism of the Eco System (Product)

The Eco System (Product) is used to globally assess the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions by linking product performance data such as annual power consumption for each product category with other data such as sales volume and CO2 emission factors in each region