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Panasonic Environment Vision 2050

Amid more and more publicized "Climate crisis" and growing global interests in social issues particularly those related to the environment and energy, high attention to the Paris Agreement through which a number of countries allied together to tackle issues by taking measures to reduce global warming, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the Unitized Nations, also imply that such environment and energy issues are becoming more serious globally. The demand to build a decarbonized society is growing ever stronger, represented by the Japanese government's declaration to achieve a carbon-neutral society by reducing net CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. In view of these developments, we recognize that companies have much to contribute to fulfill each roles to achieve zero CO2 emissions.

Panasonic formulated the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 in 2017 that sets what our company should be in response to the expectations and requests from our stakeholders.

The Environment Vision 2050 was formulated to promote activities for reducing the amount of energy to use, and creating and utilizing clean energy whose amounts exceed the amount of the "energy used" at the same time, aiming for increasing the number of societies where residents use clean energy and live a more comfortable lifestyle to realize 'A better life' and 'Sustainable global environment' compatibly.

At formulating the Environment Vision 2050, the total amount of the "energy created" (clean energy that is created and/ or made available through Panasonic products and services, including photovoltaic power generation systems, storage batteries, and energy solutions) remained approximately one-tenth of the amount of the "energy used" (the energy used in our business operations such as in production and the "energy used" by our products at customers sites).

To realize their Environmental Vision, we will reduce the amount of the "energy used" as much as possible through development of technologies that will improve the energy-saving performance of our products, and innovations to our manufacturing processes. At the same time, we will increase the amount of the "energy created", by increasing opportunities to utilize clean energy through expansion of our energy-generation and storage businesses as well as contribution to building new social systems such as building a hydrogen society.

Through these efforts, Panasonic will endeavor to make the "energy created" exceed the "energy used" toward the year 2050.

Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 To achieve "a better life" and "a sustainable global environment," Panasonic will work towards creation and more efficient utilization of energy which exceeds the amount of energy used, aiming for a society with clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle. Energy used < Energy created

Activities for Achieving the Environment Vision 2050

To achieve Environment Vision 2050, we are working on two main activities, considering "energy" and "resources" as our materiality.

One of the initiatives to realize the Environment Vision 2050 is "creating a safe and secure society with clean energy." To be specific, we will work to provide eco-conscious and smart living spaces as well as contribute to eco-conscious and smart travel and transport.

Another initiative is "promoting businesses aiming for a sustainable society." We will work to promote effective utilization of resources as well as promote the creation of factories with zero CO2 emissions.

1. Panasonic will Create a Safe and Secure Society with Clean Energy

The eco-conscious and smart living spaces that Panasonic strives to provide means living spaces that create electricity and/or hydrogen using clean energy and then storing/transporting the created energy. Such living spaces offer a safe and secure life with clean energy enabled through appropriate energy management for energy-saving equipment and buildings with high insulation performances. Here, living spaces refer to every space related to people’s lives, not only homes of individuals but also working or learning spaces, and spaces for leisure. In order to realize this, Panasonic will work on development of environmental technologies from the four viewpoints of energy creation, energy saving, energy storage, and energy management.

As for energy creation, in particular, we will develop fuel cell technologies that use hydrogen derived from clean energy as energy source. At the same time, for energy storage, we will work on technologies relating to storing and/or supplying hydrogen, and storage batteries. These will expand the possibilities of utilizing clean energy anywhere in the society.

We will also work on developing environmental technologies to realize eco-conscious and smart travel and transport. With further development in technology of storage battery systems for eco-cars such as electric vehicles, we will contribute to promoting the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. Additionally, for a safe mobility society, we will work on further development of technologies that support autonomous driving, and solutions such as next- generation logistics/ transport systems utilizing IoT.

As part of our efforts to promote the utilization of clean energy throughout society, we built the "H2 Kusatsu Farm", a hydrogen energy station, in the Kusatsu Factory premises of Appliances Company in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture. Towards Zero CO2 emissions from goods logistics in the premises, we have been testing usage of forklift trucks powered by hydrogen, electrolytically generated from water using renewable energy since FY2020. At the Kasugai Factory of Panasonic Ecology Systems Co., Ltd. in Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture, hydrogen is produced in electrolysis by utilizing electric power generated by solar panels installed on factory walls, and the produced hydrogen is stored in a tank.

The demonstration project was started in fiscal 2021 to utilize the power generated by pure hydrogen fuel cells in the production line of products. In "HARUMI FLAG", a town planned to open at after-use of the athletes' village site for Tokyo 2020, power for common facilities such as outdoor lighting and air conditioning systems to be installed in each district will be supplied from pure hydrogen fuel cells. Further, we plan to install residential fuel cells powered by hydrogen, which is reformed from city gas, in all approx. 4,000 houses built for sale in the town. This should reduce CO2 emissions by 4,000 tons per year.

H2 Kusatsu Farm

2. Panasonic will Promote Businesses Aiming for a Sustainable Society

As efforts to promote effective utilization of resources, we will aim for sustainable use of resources through reuse of parts and materials and product recycling. Establishing zero-CO2 factories that we are working on is to promote reducing the amount of the "energy used" in our factories through utilization of advanced energy-efficient technologies and innovation in manufacturing, such as LED lighting and FEMS.*1; at the same time, to realize on a global scale, net zero-CO2 factories where no CO2 is emitted in manufacturing through increasing the amount of the "energy created" in our factories by effectively utilizing renewable energies such as photovoltaic power generation system, energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, and the like.

Specifically to reduce CO2 emission, while promoting manufacturing with minimum energy consumption through continued energy-efficiency activities and their evolution, we will adopt renewable power generation equipment such as photovoltaic power generation systems and wind power generation systems at own sites. We will also procure 100% renewable energy electricity. In addition, we will realize net zero-CO2 emission through utilization of CO2 credits to offset CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and the the like.

In fiscal 2021, we achieved our first zero-CO2 factory in China at Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co., Ltd., (PECW). In addition, Panasonic Center Tokyo (PC Tokyo), our corporate showroom has achieved Panasonic's first zero-CO2 showroom in a non-manufacturing site.

PECW manufactures secondary batteries, including lithium-ion batteries and nickel-metal hydride batteries. We have been working on innovation for high quality and high efficiency in manufacturing. For example, a number of automated assembly lines using dual-arm robots and image processing inspection systems, were partially introduced in 2018 to replace conventional manual work and visual inspection. In addition, we have promoted minimum production aimed at manufacturing with as little energy as possible, by innovating methods and processes together with introducing advanced energysaving technologies, energy LED lighting, and the like. At the same time, we have installed photovoltaic systems, procured I-REC certified energy, utilized carbon credits trading to offset emissions of fossil fuel-derived CO2, and the rooftop leasing scheme. As a result, we achieved net zero CO2 emissions from approximately 44kt in fiscal 2021. The production facility of PECW is the largest of our zero-CO2 factories in operation today.

PC Tokyo has realized zero-CO2 emissions as a showroom, by conducting a range of CO2 emissions reduction activities that include continuous energy conservation activities such as installation of energy-saving facilities, and management innovations in activities at sites (e.g. online seminars and workstyle reform represented by introduction of the work-at-home scheme), as well as by procuring electricity from 100% renewable energy sources and utilization of carbon credits to offset emissions of fossil fuel-derived CO2. In addition, PC Tokyo has conducted showroom activities online, while actively promoted workstyle reforms, which have resulted in a reduction in the use of public transportation by showroom visitors and employees for commuting, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

For realizing a zero-CO2 factory, all of our factories across the world must respectively devise means, because the appropriate types of energy conservation efforts depend on the characteristics of production and activities in each factory and activites in each business site, and the available renewable energy depends on regional characteristics. We have realized seven zero-CO2 factories and a zero-CO2 showroom at the five sites across the world by adopting learning from internal and external precedents and combining them with factory-specific approaches by fiscal 2021. Furthermore, we will roll out this activity world-wide to steadily promote our Environment Vision 2050.

*1 Factory Energy Management System

Photovoltaic power generation system at PECW
PC Tokyo

Target for reduction of CO2 emission by 2030

In May, 2021, we announced a target to make our total CO2 emission net-zero by 2030 as a milestone towards making the Environmental Vision 2050 real.

We continues to strive to achieve it as our commitment to realize Decarbonized Societies.

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2021"

Having achieved the targets we set out in Green Plan 2018, we have created a new Green Plan 2021 for the period from fiscal 2020 to 2022 to move us forward towards Panasonic Environment Vision 2050, which aims for building societies based on clean energy and more comfortable lifestyles that will bring "A better life" and "Sustainable global environment" compatibly.
Green Plan 2021 sets targets that focus on "energy" and "resources," which are the materiality to address to realize Environment Vision 2050. We also set out integrated and simplified targets as our continuing efforts for issues other than the above material issues, based on the Environmental Action Guidelines while taking account of environmental challenges and understanding society. We plan to direct our efforts to make "energy created" exceed "energy used" towards the year 2050, or even earlier.
To this end, in terms of "energy", we will "increase amount of energy created" and "increase the size of contribution toward energy savings" in the area of products and services.
The size of contribution toward energy savings through our products and services is an index to indicate the amount of our efforts toward energy savings when our products and services are used by customers. We aim to increase the value of this index. The initiative to increase this index is similar to our aims concerning the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through our products and services, which indicates the amount of our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in order to bring forward the peak of total CO2 emissions in whole society. When the size of contribution in reducing energy consumption is converted to CO2 emissions, it can be transferred to the size of contribution in reducing such emissions.
As a means of "energy," Panasonic factories will undertake "promoting zero-CO2 model factories," "increasing the use of renewable energy," and "promoting energy efficiency in production."
In our production activities, we are currently working to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by employing thorough energy-saving measures in all factories across the globe.
In terms of "resource," we will "create circular economy business models," "reduce resources consumption and increase the use of sustainable materials," and "achieve Zero Waste Emissions from factories globally."
As other environmental sustainability goals, We will strive to take initiatives in solving issues concerning water, chemical substances, and biodiversity, as well as in promotion of community contributions and education for the next-generation, and to prevent pollution in factories and thoroughly comply with product-related laws and regulations.
To spread a positive influence across society, we are accelerating our environmental efforts by rolling them out beyond Panasonic across the entire supply chain through close collaboration with a variety of partners.
We will steadily put this environmental action plan into practice to achieve the set targets by fiscal 2022.

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2021"

The Environmental Action Plan Green Plan 2021 identifies energy and resources as material issues. We have also identified other environmental sustainability goals such as water, chemical substances, biodiversity, local communities, and compliance. The FY 2021 targets for energy, one of the priority issues, are:Increase the ratio of total energy created to total energy used Energy created: Energy used = 1:8.5. The progress in FY2020 was 1:9.0. We have set the following targets for products & services sector. More than 30,000 GWh of energy created through Increase amount of energy created initiatives, the progress in FY2020 was 26,000 GWh. More than 25,000 GWh directly and more than 2,000 GWh indirectly in Increase the contribution toward energy savings activities, the progress in FY2020 was 28,000 GWh directly and 2.300 GWh indirectly. Expansion of energy-related businesses through Expanding the Energy creation Business initiatives Expansion of energy efficient products and services business, focusing on products and services utilizing IoT/AI The following targets have been set for the factory sector. Establishment of model factory using advanced hydrogen technology, establishment of at least one zero-CO2 model factory in each region through Promotion of zero-CO2 model factories initiative Generation of renewable energy on our sites more than 40,000 MWh through generation of renewable energy on-site and procurement of renewable energy initiatives, and the progress in FY2020 was 32,000 MWh. Promotion of energy efficiency in production through reducing energy loss with IoT, improving productivity by manufacturing innovation We have set the following targets for fiscal 2021 for resources, another material issue. Analysis of the development of circular economy options for existing businesses: 100% in the Creation of circular economy business models initiative. Recycled resin usage: 42,000 tons or more (2019 to 2021 total), through reduction of resource consumption and increase the use of sustainable materials initiative, and the progress in FY2020 was 32,000 tons. Factory waste recycling rate: 99 % or more, through Achieving Zero Waste Emissions from factories globally initiative, and the progress in FY2020 was 98.9%. The targets of water, chemical substances, biodiversity, local communities and compliance, which are other environmental sustainability goals, are as follows. Water: Reduction of water consumption in production activities Chemical substances: Minimizing the environmental impact of chemical substances usage in production activities and products Biodiversity: Promoting procurement of sustainable materials Local Communities: Promoting environmental initiatives to contribute to local communities and educate the next generation Compliance: Ensuring compliance with environmental laws and regulations

*1 Clean energy that is created/efficiently utilized in business activities as well as for products/services made through such activities.
*2 Energy that is used in business activities as well as for products/services made through such activities.
*3 The amount of energy achieved by deducting the actual emissions from the amount that would have been emitted without the improvements by the energy-saving performance of our products.
*4 Size of contribution by our major products.
*5 Size of contribution by our solutions, or materials and components built into products of other companies.
*6 Five areas, covering: Japan; China & Northeast Asia; Southeast Asia & Oceania, India & South Asia, and Middle East & Africa; North America and Latin America; and Europe & CIS.
*7 Usage in Panasonic’s sites of renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, etc.) generated by renewable power generating facilities in Panasonic’s sites.
*8 Mass of recycled materials contained in the recycled resin used in our products.
*9 Amount of resources recycled/(Amount of resources recycled + Amount of landfill).

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