Panasonic is working on Green Factories (GF) activities in its efforts to cut down environmental impact caused by manufacturing. Specifically, based on legal compliance, each factory develops a variety of plans for reducing environmental impact in production activities, focusing on CO2 emissions, total waste generation, water consumption, and chemical substance releases and transfers. Progress control is implemented and improved through total emissions reduction and specific unit management to achieve both environmental impact reduction and business management.
The GF assessment system was introduced in fiscal 2011, aiming for further advancement by visualizing the activity levels at factories. Under the system, the factories evaluate themselves on a one-to-five scale across 19 environmental activity items classified into six basic groups: emissions reduction, environmental performance enhancement, reduction activities, risk reduction, human resource development, and management. Comparing the progress with other sites and implementing relative assessment enables the factory to identify issues and voluntarily review/promote measures for improvement. In fiscal 2014, the system was upgraded to enable the addition of further assessment items to the existing 19, based on the Company's needs. For example, at Companies where additional items have been introduced in the area of compliance with environmental regulations and management methods, assessment questions such as whether voluntary standards on air and water quality of the facilities/air conditioners have been set at a level higher than what is required by law have been included to strengthen risk management at respective factories.
Additionally, information on global activities for environmental impact reduction, legislation, and social trends are shared through the Manufacturing Environmental Information Sharing Group. In Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and Latin America where our factories are located, regional information exchanges and competitions on best practices to reduce environmental impact (presentation of awards for best practices and activities for group-wide expansion) are held as needed. We are promoting GF activities suited to the issues of each region to boost and accelerate efforts and actions.