Under the Green Management 2015 environmental mid-term targets, which spanned from fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015, Sony categorized targets and activities accordingly to product lifecycle stage. As of the completion date of end March 2016, Sony successfully met nearly all of the targets. The targets and results of activities for each stage are outlined below.
1. Develop technologies that improve self-sufficiency ratio in the energy supply at the individual level by further implementation of energy-saving measures in products and expansion of renewable energy.
2. Develop information and communication technologies to support lifestyles indispensable to realizing a low-carbon society.
|Sony CSL and OIST teamed up for joint development and verification tests of the Open Energy System. The system enables ultra-distributed electricity transmission based on renewable energy sources and can be built using a bottom-up approach.|
|Resources||3. Develop and refine 3R*1 technologies in product life cycle to achieve reductions in the use of exhaustible resources and water, and to reduce waste.||Developed SORPLAS™, plastics that meet a wide range of requirements to suit a diversity of products. Increased the number of products made with SORPLAS™ and began sales to other companies.|
|Chemical Substances||4. Develop technologies to reduce the use of substances of high concern and alternative materials.||By using a proprietary flame retardant in SORPLAS™ recycled plastic, eliminated the use of bromine- and phosphorus-based flame retardants in those products.|
|General||1. Launch environmental flagship models and services in each category continuously.||Launched environmentally conscious models in main product categories including televisions, video and audio products.|
|Climate Change||2. Reduce annual energy consumption of products by 30% (compared with FY2008)||Down 33%|
|Resources||3. Reduce utilization ratio of virgin oil-based plastics in products by 5% (compared with FY2008)||Down 4.3%|
|4. Reduce mass of products by 10% (compared with FY2008)||Down 30%|
|Chemical Substances||5. Eliminate Environment-Related Substances to be Controlled which are of very high concern and BFRs*2/PVC*3 within specified use.||PVC:
Environment-Related Substances to be Controlled which are of very high concern:
|Climate Change||1. Establish mechanisms to determine greenhouse gas emissions from suppliers.
2. Contribute to the development of an industry-wide common reporting format.
|Established a mechanism for collecting data from principal OEM/ODM suppliers and operated this mechanism.|
|Resources||3. Conduct procurement in ways that enable Sony to achieve the "Product Planning and Design" and "Logistics" targets.||Strengthened collaboration with relevant internal divisions to enable rapid identification of recycled plastic usage trends. Based on identified needs, developed relationships with suppliers and promoted materials development. Improved parts storage efficiency and promoted use of reusable containers to reduce packaging materials for incoming parts.|
|Chemical Substances||4. Conduct procurement in ways that enable Sony to achieve the "Product Planning and Design" targets.||Ensured the strict observation of Sony's standards for the management of chemical substances and promoted efforts to address the challenge of reducing Environment-related Substances to Be Controlled*2 which are of very high concern, PVC and BFRs from the procurement stage.|
|Biodiversity||5. Assess impact on biodiversity at mining and collection sites.||Assessed the impact of mining of the principal mineral resources Sony uses.|
|General||1. Conduct environmental assessments (including biodiversity impact assessment).||Conducted at all Sony sites worldwide.|
|Climate Change||2. Reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% (compared with FY2000)||Down 41%|
|Resources||3. Reduce absolute waste generation by 50% (compared with FY2000)||Down 73%|
|4. Improve waste recycling rate Group-wide: 99% or more||95%|
|5. Reduce absolute water consumption by 30% (compared with FY2000)||Down 54%|
|Chemical Substances||6. 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*1) by 14% (compared with FY2008).
>Reduce the amounts of VOC released to the atmosphere by 50% (compared with FY2000)
Class 4 substances: Comply with the relevant laws and regulations and use under appropriate control.
Class 1 substances: No current use of prohibited substances.
Class 2 substances: No current use of prohibited substances.
Class 3 substances:
>Amounts released to water, transferred to sewer, or transferred as waste (including VOC*7): Down 15%
>Amount of VOC released to the atmosphere: Down 58%
Class 4 substances: Complied with relevant laws and regulations and used under appropriate control.
|Biodiversity, Contribution to Local Communities, Others||7. Promote environmental activities respecting the needs of the local community.||Conducted biodiversity protection activities at all sites as part of community engagement activities.|
|Climate Change||1. Reduce total CO2 emissions by 14% (compared with FY2008).||Down 74%|
|Resources||2. Reduce incoming parts packaging waste by 16% (compared with FY2008).||Down 73%|
|Based on the idea of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Sony strives to achieve an environmentally conscious recycling system and effective operation for take-back and recycling of end-of-life products. In addition, Sony continues to increase the use of recycled resources and to design products that are easy to recycle. This is based on the idea of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) to help in promoting the establishment of appropriate laws and the building of infrastructure to recycle Sony products.||