Overview of Environmental Impact from Business Operation

In order to mainly manufacture and market electrical and electronic products, Panasonic Group consumes petroleum and electricity as energy sources and resources as raw materials of parts and components. As a result, we emit co2 and wastes into the environment. This diagram maps the environmental impact from Panasonic Group business operation from a procurement stage to recycling activities. Also, GHG throughout the entire supply chain is classified into Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 and assessed according to the GHG Protocol, the international calculation standard.

Overview of Environmental Impact from Business Operation

Production: 238 manufacturing sites
Logistics: Logistics stage of procurement, production, marketing and waste by partner companies and Panasonic.
Product use: Lifetime power consumption (a) of major products*9 with large amounts of energy use and co2 emissions (b) associated therewith.
a = Annual power consumption of a model sold*10 x Sales quantity x product life*11 b = Annual power consumption of a model sold*10 x Sales quantity x product life*11 x co2 emission factor*12
Recycling: Recycling of products means to use by oneself or to make into a state available for sale or free of charge the components and materialsof a separated product.
*1 Figures from photovoltaic, wind, and biomass sources including the amount of renewable energy adopted to manufacturing and non-manufacturing sites of own group . Heat pumps not included.
*2 Target substances include all substances in the Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories).
*3 The factors related to fuels are based on "the Guidelines for Calculation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (version 4.7)" published by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
The latest figures from the "co2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2019 issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA) is used for the co2 emission factors for electricity purchased from different countries use.
*4 Release amount: Includes emissions to air, public water areas, and soil.
Transfer amount: Includes transfer as waste and discharge into the sewage system. Recycling that is free of charge or recycling where we pay a fee for treatment under the Waste Management and Public Cleaning Law is included in "Transfer." (Different from the transferred amount reported under the PRTR Law.)
*5 Intra-region outside Japan not included.
*6 Figures for Japan.
*7 Air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators/freezers, and washing machines/clothes dryers
*8 As for personal computers, PC 3R Promotion Association collects and recycles PCs under the joint scheme with member companies.
*9 Household air conditioners, commercial air conditioners, lighting equipments and lamps, household refrigerators, commercial refrigerators, LCD TVs, washing and drying machines, fully-automatic washing machines, dish washer and dryers, IH cooking heaters, EcoCute, bathroom ventilation dryers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, ventilation fans, electric fans, electronic rice cookers, microwave ovens, electric bidet toilet seats, irons, hair dryers, electric showers, electric water heaters, under-rug heaters, vacuum cleaners, electric water boilers, range hoods, projectors, mounting machines, etc.
*10 For each product category, the model that was sold in the largest quantity in the region was selected.
*11 Number of years during which spare parts for the product are available (defined by the Panasonic Group).
*12 Regional CO2 emission factors (kg-CO2/kWh) used: 0.487 (Japan); 0.277 (Europe); 0.383 (North America); 0.623 (China & Northeast Asia); 0.723 (India & South Asia); 0.386 (Southeast Asia & Oceania); 0.252 (Latin America); and 0.616 (Middle East & Africa).
*13 Hussmann Parent Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries not included.

 

GHGs from the Whole Supply Chain (by Scope)

Category Emissions(10 kt)
FY2021 FY2022
Scope 1*14 33 33
Scope 2*15 187 173
Scope 3*16 1. Purchased goods and services 1,656 1,411
2. Capital goods 64 69
3. Fuel- and energy-related activities 23 23
4. Upstream transportation and distribution 82 96
5. Waste generated in operations 1.5 0.1*17
6. Business travel 1.2*18 1.6*18
7. Employee commuting 2.0*18 2.0*18
8. Upstream leased assets 2.4*18 1.8*18
9. Downstream transportation and distribution 1.7*18 1.7*18
10. Processing of sold products - -
11. Use of sold products 8,593 ★8,149
12. End-of-life treatment of sold products 105 50*17
13. Downstream leased assets - -
14. Franchises - -
15. Investments - -

total

10,531

9,805

*14 Direct emissions from facilities owned and controlled by the Panasonic Group (e.g., emissions from use of town gas or heavy fuel oil).
*15 Emissions from production of energy consumed at facilities owned and controlled by the Panasonic Group.
*16 Other indirect emissions, excluding Scope 1 and Scope 2.
*17 The decrease from FY2021 are mainly due to the revision of the calculation method and emission factors. Emissions based on the previous method are as follows; category 5: 1.6 (10kt), category 12: 115 (10kt)
*18 Figures for Japan.

Environmental Accounting

Panasonic Group globally collects data on its environmental conservation costs and economic benefits obtained through its environmental activities in relation to generated/controlled environmental impact. This data is internally utilized as basic information for our continuing environmental sustainability management.

Environmental Accounting for Fiscal 2022

Environmental conservation in factories
Investments*19 2,006 million yen
Expenses*19*20 58 million yen
Economic benefit 889 million yen

*19 Includes all investments relating to environmental conservation. The difference or appropriate portions (divided proportionally) are not calculated.
*20 Expenses include a cost of capital investment depreciation. For example, if latest energy-saving facilities were installed, the value includes depreciation for the first year but not for the second year and later.

Environmental Conservation Benefits for Fiscal 2022 (in physical terms)

Categories Emission reduction Reference indicator: environmental impact
Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022
CO2 emissions from production activities 165 kt 2.11 Mt 1.95 Mt
Human Environmental Impact 14 kcount 430 kcount 416 kcount
Landfill of waste 0.5 kt 3.4 kt 2.9 kt
Water consumption 1.95 million m3 19.19 million m3 17.24 million m3

Fiscal 2022 data on the reduced amount of electricity and effect of reduced electricity costs through our energy-saving products are as shown in the chart below.

Economic Effects for Customers for Fiscal 2022

Electricity cost reduction from product usage (global)
Reduced amount of electricity*21 32.8 TWh
Reduced electricity costs*22 596.2 billion yen

*21 Calculated under the same conditions as when determining the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through energy-saving products
*22 Electricity costs were set for each region based on IEA Statistics.

Panasonic Group published a new vision "Panasonic GREEN IMPACT" in January 2022, with the intention to realize the vision linking with our business activities. Therefore, approximately 420 billion yen for the group-wide total R&D expenses in fiscal 2022 will be invested mostly for promoting "Panasonic GREEN IMPACT".