Panasonic is leading Green Factories (GF) activities in its efforts to cut down the environmental load caused by manufacturing. On the assumption of compliance of laws and regulations in each factory, concretely we formulate a plan to reduce environmental loads in manufacturing activities, such as amounts of CO2 emission, generated wastes and valuables, water consumption, and discharged and transferred chemical substances, conduct Progress management for total reduction amount with basic unit of discharged amount and the like, and improve the activities. Thereby, we intend to achieve reduction of environmental loads and increase of our business at the same time. In fiscal 2011, we started the GF assessment system*1 aiming to further improve GF activities by visualizing the progress status in each factory.
In addition, we share information on global activities for reducing environmental loads, relevant laws and regulations, and social trends through the Manufacturing Environmental Information Sharing Group.
In Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and Latin America, we hold information exchanges and competitions on best practices by region to reduce environmental impact (presentation of awards for best practices and roll-out of good examples to other regions). By doing so, we promote GF activities suited to the issues in each region to expand and accelerate the activities.
As measures to strengthen the company-wide foundation aiming at improving the structures with energy efficiency, we have developed a BA (Before/After) chart search system to share and spread knowhow across the world on the Internet. With the system, each factory can register and share their best practices concerning managing CO2, waste, chemical substances, water, etc. Further, we prepared “Energy-Saving Potential Diagnosis Sheet” which is a tool with which users can evaluate visualized energy-efficient structure and extract of effective measures, based on the existing support tools and manuals for energy-efficiency which we reviewed and updated. And then, we rolled out the sheet to all sites. In fiscal 2019, we confirmed validity of the Diagnosis Sheet.
Besides, in China and Southeast Asia, we started a cross-company compliance assessment (CCCA) as a new activities to comply with environmental laws and regulations more definitely. In the CCCA, one factory A conducts an environmental assessment for other factory B in the same region, while the factory B conducts an assessment for the factory A, beyond own Company border. In China, we have newly trained 20 internal assessors in fiscal 2019 and conducted assessments in 11 factories; as a result, some points need to be improved were extracted. In Southeast Asia, we conducted CCCA in groups formed by country. In fiscal year 2019, we conducted the CCCA at 22 factories in 6 countries, i.e. 24 sites. We will further upgrade the level of activities, by accelerating the CCCA, learning each other through checking compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and utilizing accumulated corporate-wide knowhow.