Environment : Panasonic Environment Vision 2050

Panasonic Environment Vision 2050

While the global attention being paid to the social issues surrounding the environment and energy is intensifying, the focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and the Paris Agreement—through which a number of countries allied together to work towards global warming prevention—indicates the seriousness of these issues worldwide.

In the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, held in September 2019, companies, civic groups, and the national and local governments of various countries discussed actions to take preventive measures for global warming. As the closing remarks of the summit appealed to companies to take more ambitious actions and the like against climate change, society's expectations for the role of companies in resolving global social issues are now increasing more than ever.

Aware that society's expectations of the role of corporations in resolving these global social issues is rising, Panasonic formulated the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 in 2017 to determine our own initiatives in responding 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 not only homes of individuals but also working or learning spaces, and spaces for living or leisure. It refers to all spaces relating to people's lives.

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 a next-generation solar cell technology and 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 support systems for autonomous driving and utilize our IoT technology etc. to realize next-generation logistics/transport solutions that help arteries in the society flow more smoothly.

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 FY2019.

Also, in HARUMI FLAG, a residential estate to be built at the post Tokyo 2020 athlete's village site, a pure hydrogen fuel cell generator installed in each town block will provide electricity for communal facilities, such as exterior lights and air conditioners.
Further, we plan to install residential fuel cells 'ENE-FARM' powered by hydrogen, which is reformed from city gas, in all approx. 4,000 houses 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 promote manufacturing that does not emit CO2 through increasing the amount of the "energy created" in our factories by utilizing photovoltaic power generation system, energy storage batteries, 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 zero CO2 emission derived from energy sources in manufacturing through utilization of CO2 credits to offset CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, and the like.

In fiscal 2020, Panasonic Centroamericana S.A. (PCA), the dry-cell battery factory in Costa Rica, launched Costa Rica's first private-public project with the national government. As a part of this project, the factory was provided with 400 solar panels and 100% renewable energy electricity from the public power distribution company. The factory also utilizes CO2 credits to achieve zero CO2 emissions. As a result, the factory was certified as the 1st '100% renewable power factory' by Costa Rica government.

For realizing a zero-CO2 factory, our respective factories across the world must devise means, because the appropriate types of energy conservation efforts depend on the characteristics of production in the factory, and the available renewable energy depends on regional characteristics. We will establish six zero-CO2 factories across the world by adopting learning from internal and external precedents and combining them with factory-specific approaches by fiscal 2020. Furthermore, we will roll out this activity world-wide to steadily promote our Environment Vision 2050.

*1 Factory Energy Management System

Full view of Panasonic Centroamericana S.A.
Provided solar panels
Kick-off ceremony for the pilot project for decarbonation
President Nakanishi, PCA (left), the First Lady of Costa Rica (middle), and the Deputy Minister of Environment (right)

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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