*Current warming of the globe is at about 0.7°C. First impacts are already visible, such as rapid melting of glaciers in all continents, sea level rise, change of seasonal rainfall, massive droughts and the increased vehemence of storms. Temperature rises with increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. In 2004 we emitted 28 billion tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the air. Scientific findings suggest that as we are raising the temperature of the globe and impacts will gradually become more severe. Above an overall warming of 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures we are unlikely to be able to control the impacts on people or nature. Widespread social and economic decline would be the unavoidable consequence. The 2°C threshold has been endorsed by a number of governments, including the European Council.
*CO2 is the most important gas causing global warming. Others include methane (CH4), nitrous dioxide (NO2), and several artificial gases (Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs); and Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). Sony intends to also reduce these industrial gases.
*Sony and WWF Japan have cooperated successfully in the past, in promoting green power and the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol. By Sony’s commitment to WWF’s Climate Savers Programme, Sony and WWF’s engagement have become stronger.