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.

Also, in the World Economic Forum held in January 2018, where political and economic leaders from across the world gathered, the issues concerning the environment and energy, such as climate change and natural disasters, occupied the major part of the list of the most significant risks. Based upon the results of these discussions, the world leaders initiated actions that could lead to fundamental solutions.

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 means to 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.

Currently, relative to the amount of energy used (energy used in our operation, and energy used by products in consumer use), the amount of energy created (clean energy that is created and/or made available by products and services by Panasonic, such as photovoltaic power generation systems, storage batteries, and energy solutions) is merely one-tenth.
From now on, for the energy used, we will develop technologies for improving energy-saving performances of products and innovate manufacturing processes to reduce the amount of energy consumption. For the energy created, we will expand energy-creation and storage businesses as well as contribute to new social systems such as a hydrogen society to increase the use of clean energy.

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

In order to realize the Environment Vision 2050, we promote two major activities.

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 an example of the utilization of clean energy in all aspects of society, a study on projects involving experiments on demonstrations of the use of hydrogen commenced in 2018 to build a future carbon-free society. Specifically, the H2 Kusatsu Farm (hydrogen station) set up at the Kusatsu Factory will be used to create CO2-free hydrogen with photovoltaic power generation, used as a source of renewable energy, via a water electrolysis hydrogen production device, and high-pressure compression of the hydrogen for supply to fuel-cell-powered forklifts. The hydrogen supply is to be used for logistics within the Factory starting in FY2019.


2. Panasonic will Promote Businesses Aiming for a Sustainable Society

As efforts to promote effective utilization of resources, Panasonic will aim for sustainable use of resources through the reuse of parts and materials and product recycling.

To create factories with zero CO2 emissions, we have switched lighting to LEDs, completing the transition by the end of fiscal 2019*1. Furthermore, FEMS*2 and other innovative energy-saving technologies will be introduced to promote smart manufacturing. In activities to expand energy creation, photovoltaic power generation systems will be installed by fiscal 2021 at sites where system implementation is viable.

As prior examples of our efforts for creating zero-CO2 factories, two factories in Japan and Europe at Panasonic Eco Technology Center Co., Ltd. (PETEC), a home appliance recycling company, and Panasonic Energy Belgium N.V. (PECBE), which produces dry batteries, have become the first zero-CO2 factories for Panasonic.
This was achieved by the two factories by installing renewable energy power generation systems such as photovoltaic power generation system and wind power generation system, procuring 100% renewable electricity, and utilizing carbon credits to offset CO2 emissions from fossil fuels*3.

Additionally, all three factories under Panasonic do Brazil (PANABRAS) in Extrema, Sao Jose and Manaus, that became the first factories in Panasonic to achieve manufacturing with 100% renewable electricity in 2016, have also become the first zero-CO2 factories on the American continent for Panasonic by reducing the use of fossil fuels and utilizing of carbon credits, in addition to procurement of 100% renewable electricity.

By making these factories the leading model of the company’s zero-CO2 factories, and by gradually expanding the activities to global plants, Panasonic will steadily promote production that does not emit CO2, aiming for a sustainable society as envisioned by the "Environment Vision 2050."

*1 Installable sites
*2 Factory Energy Management System
*3 Press release dated February 28, 2019
Panasonic Realizes Its First Zero-CO2 Factories at Two Sites in Japan and Europe under ‘Panasonic Environment Vision 2050’

Photo:Wind power generation system in PECBE
Wind power generation system in PECBE
Photo:Extrema factory in PANABRAS
Extrema factory in PANABRAS

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2021"

Upon completing the targets we set out in Green Plan 2018, we have newly created Green Plan 2021 towards realizing Panasonic Environment Vision 2050, which aims at building a society based on clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle in order to achieve both a better life and a sustainable global environment.
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"

*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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