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Environmental Activities Outline
‘A company is a public entity’
Since its foundation in 1918, Panasonic as a manufacturing company has upheld its mission to create products and services that will contribute to the sound development of society and contribute to society through its business. Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of our company, stipulated the mission in the Basic Management Objective, which has become our company’s management philosophy. All employees around the world are currently aiming to continually offer valuable ideas towards contributing to the enrichment of people’s lives and creation of a sustainable society through product development, production, sales and services.
Toward creation of a sustainable, safe, and secure society
We announced the Environmental Statement on June 5, 1991, and all business sites around the world have been promoting environmental initiatives. Various global issues, particularly about environment and resources, are becoming increasingly serious, and humanity is now facing an extremely great turning point in shifting toward a sustainable society. We aim to pursue and expand ‘better life’ for our customers, working with various partners.
For the Next Generation of People around the World
We have made close ties with people by conducting our business closely linked to their daily lives ever since our foundation, and this is Panasonic’s greatest asset. What we need to do is face the challenge of realizing a sustainable society and take the lead in Green Innovation beginning with lifestyles for the next generation around the world. Based on this concept, we will work together as a Group with these two innovations: Green Life Innovation that changes people’s lifestyles, and Green Business Innovation that changes our business-styles.
Initiatives for CO2 Emissions Reduction
One of the mid/long-term environmental targets set by the international community is to reduce emissions of CO2 and other GHGs by 50% from the 2005 level by the year 2050. Panasonic will endeavor to ensure that CO2 emissions from its entire business operations-not only from its own production activities but also from the use of its products by customers-peak out by 2018. To this end, we have introduced a unique indicator “size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions” to accelerate emissions reduction, targeting both our products (for energy saving and energy creation) and production activities. At the same time, we will promote the development of energy-storing devices, expansion of the energy system business through photovoltaic power generation and fuel cells, and services to support energy-saving at factories.
Initiatives for Resources Recycling
Having selected resources recycling as an underlying theme along with CO2 emissions reduction, Panasonic promotes its “recycling-oriented manufacturing” through minimizing the amount of total resources used and maximizing the amount of recycled materials, as well as aiming toward Zero Waste Emissions by reducing our final disposal of waste from production activities. In February 2012, the “Recycling Resources-oriented Product” series, which utilizes resources recovered from used products, was launched under the concept of “product to product.” Further, we will work to reduce the impact of the intake and effluent of water in production activities on water resources and also to conserve water by developing products that help save water.
We adequately understand the impacts of business activities on biodiversity, and collaborate with our stakeholders, from local partners and environmental NGOs to other professionals and issues experts, to achieve our goal of contributing to biodiversity conservation.
As an initiative for biodiversity in business activities, we are proceeding with a biodiversity project under the three key areas of products, land use, and procurement.
Collaboration with Stakeholders/Global Citizenship Activities/Global Eco Projects
Initiatives for sufficient contribution to the environment do not lead to a great innovation solely with Panasonic’s closed activities. The wave of revolution is with brought forth through two-way communication with customers and partner companies. We will work to reduce environmental impacts through cooperation with our suppliers and transportation partners who have close relations with our business activities, as well as promote the Panasonic ECO RELAY for Sustainable Earth, where the goal is for each and every employee around the world to contribute to a sustainable society and the preservation of the global environment as responsible Global Citizens. Initiatives for human resource development are also taken, to develop employees who will serve as facilitators of Panasonic’s environmental sustainability management.
Additionally, in order to globally progress environmental sustainability management, we have set a target localized to the region and are promoting Eco Projects to implement specific actions.
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