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In May 2009 we organized the China Environmental Forum 2009 to declare our commitment to become a model company in environmental contribution in China and presented the three action areas that we planned to implement to achieve this goal. We are actively promoting environmental sustainability management adapted to regional characteristics.
|Items||Fiscal 2010 Declaration|
|Products||Consecutive launch of top-level energy-saving products|
|Manufacturing||Share know-how about environmentally-conscious manufacturing to society|
|Human resources||Spread employees’ eco activities into the local community|
We are not only working on improving the environmental performance of products through technology development but are promoting the acquisition of the eco labels*1 that the Chinese government is encouraging, in order to provide customers with easy-to-understand information.
In fiscal 2013, we acquired a total of 383 labels in a wide range of product categories, including air conditioning units and washing machines.
In November 23, 2012, we held a press conference jointly with the Environmental Certification Center and the Environmental Development Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection of China on ECONAVI products and Environment Label certification. Drawing the attendance of 50 leading Chinese media firms including China Central Television, the results and product certifications for four types of products in the ECONAVI product group were announced?namely, air conditioning units, drum-type washing machines, refrigerators and air purifiers, that have all acquired the China Environmental Labeling (Types 1 & 2).
Award ceremony for certification
Certification for China Environmental Labeling Type 2
China Environmental Labeling Type 1
China Environmental Labeling Type 2
On January 15, 2013, an air purifier from Panasonic Ecology Systems Guangdong Co., Ltd., simultaneously won the 2012 China Indoor Environment Protection Industry Top 10 News Award and 2012 China Indoor Environment Protection Industry New Product Commendation from China Indoor Environment Monitoring Committee. These commendations were the result of the contribution of our air purifiers in dealing with the PM 2.5*2 pollution that has became a serious issue in and outside China, and the technological capabilities demonstrated in the F-VXH50C, introduced in fiscal 2013.
Air purifier F-VXH50C
Plaque for China Indoor Environment Protection Industry New Product Commendation
In our efforts to achieve our global target of a waste recycling rate of over 99% in fiscal 2013, plant waste recycling improvement training for waste management officers and workers at Panasonic production companies in China was held on April 17, 2012, following the training program held in 2011. Thirty-five staff members from 25 companies participated.
Also, regional working groups for plant waste management, where the country was divided into six regions, that was formed in fiscal 2012 continued this year to promote greater action on addressing issues, studying cases, and exchanging information among production companies in each region. These activities led to the waste recycling rate rising to 99.3% in fiscal 2013 from 2.2% in fiscal 2011.
Regional working group
The China and Northeast Asia Environmental Compliance Administrators' Meeting was held in Beijing in July 2012, with an attendance of 68 persons, including environmental management officials of manufacturing companies and representatives from Japan. Topics covered at the meeting included global environmental policy and related measures, progress made in this area, and an overview and future action to be taken in environmental management in China. Environmental contribution and promotion, production activities, and products were identified as key themes. Finally, study cases were presented to share best practices among the participants.
Environmental Compliance Administrators' Meeting
Presentation at the Meeting
Eco-awareness activities by employees are being implemented in various parts of China since June 2009, to achieve the target of environmental education of "One Million Children over 10 Years" and the planting of "One Million Trees over 10 Years."
Environmental education training sessions were held in Suzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Dalian, Shanghai, and Beijing for employee lecturers, with a total of 183 participants. Through the training sessions, the participants learned methods to interact with children with fun and joined workshops on techniques to boost both entertainment levels and expertise in presenting lectures. In fiscal 2013, environmental education sessions reached approx. 225 thousand children, making a cumulative total of around 472 thousand. In tree planting, some 27 thousand saplings were planted in fiscal 2013, making a grand total of around 191 thousand trees.
Environmental education for children
Tree planting activity