(1) Eco-Efficiency in Fiscal 2003
* For more detailed information, refer to pages 42 and 43 of CSR Report 2004.
The Sony Environmental Vision was established in October 2000. Sony has since adopted eco-efficiency (eco-efficiency = sales/environmental impact) as its own key index for measuring environmental impact of its activities. The eco-efficiency factors for 2003 (when compared with 2000) are listed below.
- Greenhouse gas eco-efficiency: 1.14 times (1.05 in 2002 compared with 2000)
- Resource input eco-efficiency: 1.21 times (1.18 in 2002 compared with 2000)
- Resource output eco-efficiency: 1.24 times (1.18 in 2002 compared with 2000)
Eco-Efficiency Targets Included in Sony Mid-Term Environmental Targets (Green Management 2005)
[Improve eco-efficiency for greenhouse gases, and resource input and output indices by 1.5 times by the end of fiscal 2005 and double that by the end of fiscal 2010.]
(2) Energy Conservation Efforts
* For more detailed information, refer to page 60 of CSR Report 2004.
Measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases include taking steps to reduce the energy consumed by air conditioning facilities through installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. This had the effect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,000 tons on a CO2 basis in fiscal 2003.
(Overall Sony Group site annual greenhouse gas emissions: approx. 2.09 million tons CO2)
- Example of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation, Kumamoto Technology Center
High-efficiency heating and cooling systems installed in fiscal 2002 reduced energy consumption by approximately 30 percent compared with conventional systems.
This reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1,290 tons on a CO2 basis.
(Kumamoto Technology Center annual greenhouse gas emissions: approx. 49,000 tons CO2)
- Example of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation, Kokubu Technology Center
High-efficiency heating and cooling systems installed in June 2004 reduced energy consumption by approximately 60 percent compared with conventional systems.
This is expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 17,000 tons on a CO2 basis (based on first-quarter results), which accounts for about 12% of the annual greenhouse gas emissions of the approx. 142,000 tons CO2 in Kokubu Technology Center.
(3) Strengthening the Environmental Management Structure
* For more detailed information, refer to pages 44 and 45 of CSR Report 2004.
On the basis of success achieved so far in acquiring ISO14001 certification for all sites worldwide, Sony has launched a program in December, 2003 to build and implement a common environmental management system that can be applied to Sony Group operations worldwide. As part of this process, Sony underwent the necessary auditing and succeeded in acquiring ISO14001 certification for the environmental governance functions of its HQ and regional environmental offices in June 2004. This network of HQ and regional environmental offices forms the backbone of Sony's environmental management system.
Sony has also established a system of verification in which a single external certification organization conducts an external audit of the environmental management system. The audit includes verification of levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the accuracy of data included in the annual CSR Report outlining environmental performance.
Sony intends to gradually change over from the current system of independently acquired ISO14001 certification to a system of group ISO14001 certification by using the network of HQ and regional environmental offices, which has recently acquired certification for environmental governance. The target is group ISO14001 certification for all Sony Group sites worldwide by the end of March 2006. Total number of sites targeted for group certification: 373
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