Contributing to society has been the management philosophy for Panasonic ever since its founding, and we have been taking measures against pollution since the 1970s. 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.
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) as well as an action plan for all employees in order to achieve the targets. The Green Plan 2018 will continue our initiatives in five areas: CO2 reduction, resources recycling, water, chemical substances, and biodiversity.
In 2013, the Panasonic Group introduced a new brand slogan, "A Better Life, A Better World," aiming to realize a better life for all its customers, and is promoting environmental initiatives as an important element in achieving that goal. Based on this, the Green Plan 2018 was revised in 2013, followed by the newly-established Environmental Action Guideline. Furthermore, in response to rising demand by the society for CO2 reductions following the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, and to the need to make changes to our business structure, including growth in the automotive and B2B businesses, the Plan was revised again in 2016.
Additionally, we formulated the Environment Vision 2050 in 2017 to achieve "a better life" and "a sustainable global environment," aiming for a society with clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle. Under the Vision, through the development of products, technologies, and solutions relating to energy creation, storage, saving, and management, Panasonic will work towards creation and more efficient utilization of energy which exceeds the amount of energy used.
We announced Green Plan 2021 in 2019, following completion of Green Plan 2018, with a focus on materiality in achieving the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 and on efforts for an early realization of the Plan.