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Updated on August 21, 2015

Progress Toward Achieving Mid-Term Environmental Targets for Sites

In its Green Management 2015 Mid-Term Environmental Targets, Sony has set the following targets for its sites. With the aim of achieving these targets, Sony is promoting site greening activities and other efforts aimed at conserving biodiversity, as well as undertaking environmental communications initiatives, embracing environmentally conscious technologies in manufacturing processes, promoting green purchasing practices and incorporating environmental perspectives when constructing buildings.
Targets of "Green Management 2015" for Operations
General Conduct environmental assessments (including biodiversity impact assessment).
Climate Change Reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% (compared with FY2000)
Resources
  • Reduce absolute waste generation by 50% (compared with FY2000)
  • Improve waste recycling rate group-wide: 99% or more
  • Reduce absolute water consumption by 30% (compared with FY2000)
Chemical Substances Take actions for class 1 - 4. Detailed groups of chemical substances are described separately.
Class 1 substances: Prohibit use.
Class 2 substances: Eliminate use by a specified date.
Class 3 substances: Reduce the amounts released and transferred.
> Reduce the amounts released to water, and the amounts transferred to sewer / as waste (including VOC*) by 14% (compared with FY2008).
> Reduce the amounts of VOC released to the air by 50% (compared with FY2000).
Class 4 substances: Comply with the relevant laws and regulations and use under appropriate control.
Biodiversity, Contribution to Local Communities, Others Promote environmental activities respecting the needs of the local community.

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Volatile Organic Compounds

Environmental Performance of Sites

Total CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions at Sony sites were about 1.2 million tons in fiscal year 2014, down about 46% from fiscal year 2000. Waste generated at sites amounted to about 78,000 tons in fiscal year 2014, down about 72% from the fiscal year 2000 level. The Groupwide recycling rate was 96%. Sites used approximately 10.56 million m3 of water, 61% less than the fiscal year 2000 level. Sony released approximately 747 tons of VOCs* into the air in fiscal year 2014, a decrease of approximately 59% from the fiscal year 2000 level, while Class 3 substances released into water and transferred as waste into sewers totaled 2,411 tons, down 21% from the fiscal year 2008 level.

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Volatile Organic Compounds

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