Amid more and more publicized "Climate crisis" and growing global interests in social issues particularly those related to the environment and energy, high attention to the Paris Agreement through which a number of countries allied together to tackle issues by taking measures to reduce global warming, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the Unitized Nations, also imply that such environment and energy issues are becoming more serious globally. The demand to build a decarbonized society is growing ever stronger, represented by the Japanese government's declaration to achieve a carbon-neutral society by reducing net CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. In view of these developments, we recognize that companies have much to contribute to fulfill each roles to achieve zero CO2 emissions.
Panasonic formulated the Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 in 2017 that sets what our company should be in response to the expectations and requests from our stakeholders.
The Environment Vision 2050 was formulated to promote activities for reducing the amount of energy to use, and creating and utilizing clean energy whose amounts exceed the amount of the "energy used" at the same time, aiming for increasing the number of societies where residents use clean energy and live a more comfortable lifestyle to realize 'A better life' and 'Sustainable global environment' compatibly.
At formulating the Environment Vision 2050, the total amount of the "energy created" (clean energy that is created and/ or made available through Panasonic products and services, including photovoltaic power generation systems, storage batteries, and energy solutions) remained approximately one-tenth of the amount of the "energy used" (the energy used in our business operations such as in production and the "energy used" by our products at customers sites).
To realize their Environmental Vision, we will reduce the amount of the "energy used" as much as possible through development of technologies that will improve the energy-saving performance of our products, and innovations to our manufacturing processes. At the same time, we will increase the amount of the "energy created", by increasing opportunities to utilize clean energy through expansion of our energy-generation and storage businesses as well as contribution to building new social systems such as building a hydrogen society.
Through these efforts, Panasonic will endeavor to make the "energy created" exceed the "energy used" toward the year 2050.