In July 2006, Sony joined the Climate Savers Programme, which is a partnership between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a leading environmental protection NGO, and various companies in the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Climate Savers Programme, leading corporations partner with the WWF to establish targets for reducing absolute emissions of CO2
and other greenhouse gases. Progress toward these targets is monitored by an independent body. As of April 2016, 22 corporations worldwide had signed on as Climate Savers Programme partners.
As a member of the programme, Sony committed to achieving a 7% reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases from all of its sites compared to the fiscal 2000 level by the end of fiscal 2010, as well as to lowering energy consumption by its products and working with the WWF to communicate with customers.
In November 2009, Sony announced a new set of climate change-related targets for fiscal 2011 and beyond. These are to (a) achieve an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions-measured in CO2
emissions-from Sony Group sites of 30% compared to the fiscal 2000 level by the end of fiscal 2015; and (b) achieve a reduction in power consumption per product of 30% from the fiscal 2008 level by the end of fiscal 2015. These targets were reviewed and approved by the WWF as revised targets for Sony under the Climate Savers Programme.
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In February 2008, Sony and the WWF co-hosted the Climate Savers Tokyo Summit 2008, which was held at Sony's Tokyo headquarters and attended by representatives of current and prospective programme participants. The highlight of the event was the announcement by then Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer of the Tokyo Declaration, signed by 12 Climate Savers Programme participants. On behalf of the signatory companies, Mr. Stringer declared support for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its conclusion that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak and begin to drop in the next 10-15 years, to well below half the level recorded in 2000, by the middle of the 21st century. He further declared that the signatory companies will take further action to build a low-carbon society, including trying to widen the scope of emissions reduction activities through greater cooperation with business partners and promoting low-carbon lifestyles to consumers and customers.