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Environmental Policy

Contributing to society has been the management philosophy for Panasonic ever since its founding. We announced the Environmental Statement in June 5, 1991, clarifying our approaches to address global environmental issues as a public entity of society. Since then we have been carrying out initiatives including matters on global warming prevention and resources recycling corporate-wide, aiming to attain a sustainable, safe, and secure society.

In 2010 we announced the Vision Looking to the 100th Anniversary of Our Founding. Striving to become a Green Innovation Company, the environment was made central to all of our business activities, and integrating environmental contribution and business growth was promoted. Thorough energy-saving measures were taken in all factories around the world, which resulted in the reduction of total CO2 emissions in production activities. In addition, we introduced a unique indicator "size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions" to ensure reduction of CO2 during product use. By increasing the number of products that have the industry's top-level environmental performances, as well as expanding products equipped with ECONAVI, a function that finds loss automatically and saves power by itself through sensor technology, we have reduced the amount of CO2 emissions from product use at homes. Furthermore, pursuing Recycling-oriented Manufacturing, which means to make the best use of resources, was added as a new target. This enabled us to widen our environmental contributions, including the launch of Resources Recycling-oriented Products that proactively utilize recycled resources.

Panasonic announced its new business policy in March 2013. Regarding our environmental sustainability management, we established the Environmental Action Guideline in July 2013, which follows the new business policy and places our initiatives for Green Innovation we have accumulated to date as the core.

Environmental Policy

We strive to grow and develop our business through the creation of environmental value for customers with our technical strengths while each and every employee follows the Environmental Policy to address environmental challenges. Therefore, collaboration with stakeholders including our partners is essential. We will continue to sincerely work on environmental sustainability management through further collaboration with stakeholders.

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2018"

After the completion of the Green Plan 2010 which was established in 2001, the Green Plan 2018 was established in 2010 to clarify our targets for fiscal 2019 (from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) and actions to be taken in order to achieve the targets. Furthermore, the Green Plan 2018 was revised in July 2013, followed by the newly-established Environmental Action Guideline.

The revised Green Plan 2018 will continue our initiatives in five areas: mainly CO2 reduction and resources recycling, and water, chemical substances, and biodiversity. With the new business policy, we will further focus on maximizing the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions, which is an index that indicates our efforts for CO2 reduction, while maintaining our stance towards contribution in making net CO2 emissions from the international community peak and decline thereafter at an earlier timing. As for resources recycling, we will continue to enhance the promotion of recycled resource utilization ratio and factory waste recycling rate, as well as create more Resources Recycling-oriented Products to further actualize Recycling-oriented Manufacturing.

In addition, with respect to eco-conscious products and businesses, we will expand the range of activities to products, services, and solutions in the B2B sector, while keeping strengths in the home appliances field, to continuously provide products and services that create environmental value for our customers. Panasonic will deepen the collaboration with various partners across the supply chain and accelerate environmental contributions to extend better impacts on the society.

We will steadily execute this Environmental Action Plan towards achieving our fiscal 2019 targets.

Environmental Action Plan "Green Plan 2018"

Environmental Action Guideline Targets for 2018
(1) Initiatives to address environmental challenges
CO2 Reduction We will reduce CO2 emissions through production activities and products/services.
  • Maximize the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions from production activities and product use
    (Size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions: 47 million tons in 2015)
  • Reduce CO2 emissions per basic unit in logistics
    (Reduction in CO2 emissions per basic unit of weight: By 46% or more in 2018 compared to 2005 (Japan and international))
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from offices
    (Reduction by 2% or more on yearly average until 2018 (Self-owned buildings in Japan))
  • Increase the Business of Energy Conservation Support Service for the Entire Factory
Resources Recycling We will work to make the best use of resources by pursuing Recycling-oriented Manufacturing.
  • Reduce total resources used and increase recycled resources used
    (Recycled resource utilization ratio: 16% or more in 2018)
  • Achieve “zero waste emission” from production activities at sites both in and outside Japan
    (Factory waste recycling rate: 99.5% or more in 2018)
  • Expand the creation of Resources Recycling-oriented Products
Water We will conserve water resources through efficient use of water and prevention of contamination.
  • Increase products to save water and contribute to water recycling
  • Reduce water consumption in production activities and increase the use of recycled water
Chemical Substances We will reduce the impact of chemical substances on human health and the environment.
  • Develop alternative technologies for environmentally hazardous substances
  • Discontinue the use of substitutable environmentally hazardous substances in products
  • Minimize the release of environmentally hazardous substances from factories
Biodiversity We will consider and conserve biodiversity.
  • Increase products contributing to biodiversity conservation
  • Use green areas in business divisions to contribute to biodiversity conservation
  • Promote green procurement for wood toward sustainable utilization of forest resources
(2) Initiatives based on collaboration with stakeholders
Customers We will provide products and services that create environmental value for customers with our technical strengths.
  • Offering products, services, and solutions that improve people's lifestyles, reduce burden on the environment, and help to make our society more sustainable
  • Promote 'eco' marketing firmly rooted in each region and country
Supply Chain We will expand our environmental contributions with our partner companies.
  • Increase environmental contributions through the promotion of Green Procurement with suppliers
    (Establish environmental management systems and address five major environmental challenges)
  • Promote the ECO-VC (Value Creation) Activity aimed at simultaneously achieving environmental contributions and cost reductions
Local Communities We will deepen communications with local communities and work as a team to address environmental challenges.
  • Communicate our approaches to environmental contribution to society in the form of an 'eco ideas' declaration
  • Participate in presenting proposals for environmental policies by the government, aimed at the creation of a sustainable society
  • Implement initiatives contributing to local communities and educate children who will be the major players in the next generation
    (Promote Panasonic Eco Relay for Sustainable Earth)
    (Provide environmental education to two million children around the world by 2018)

Note: 2005, 2015 and 2018 here refer to fiscal 2006 (April 1, 2005 – March 31, 2006), fiscal 2016 (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016), and fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019), respectively.

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