With swift economic growth advancing worldwide and bringing heightened attention to concerns over resources, the sourcing of new resources and materials not only significantly impact the environment, but mineral resource depletion and material pricing run-up have also become issues.
To address these concerns, and as a responsibility of a manufacturer that uses a large volume of resources, Panasonic has been propelling Recycling-oriented Manufacturing under the theme of recycling resources since 2010, placing it as an important issue along with CO2 emissions reduction.Under the Green Plan 2018, which was revised in 2016, increase in the usage amount of recycled resin and higher factory waste recycling rates continue to be promoted, and realization of recycling-oriented manufacturing is being further implemented through efforts such as expanding the creation of recycling-oriented products. Recycled resin, in particular, is being promoted with a target figure to ensure increase in usage.
Recycling-oriented Manufacturing has three aspects under this concept, which are to minimize the amount of total resources used and maximize the amount of recycled resources, aim towards Zero Waste Emissions by reducing our landfill disposal of waste from production activities, and recycle used products.
We have been working on the weight reduction and downsizing of products to minimize the total resources used, and are continuing to increase resource collection through introduction of new recycling technologies and systems to expand the usage of recycled resources.
Furthermore, by reducing the amount of factory waste and thoroughly recycling resources from waste, we are working to eliminate the amount of waste treated in landfills to as close to zero.
In addition to utilizing the resources that were previously wasted across the entire production process, we have established a process where resources are recovered from used products, recycled into products, and further delivered to customers, to realize sustainable business activities throughout the product life cycle.