Updated on August 23, 2017

Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact

Sony's business activities affect the environment in various ways. This overview looks at Sony's environmental footprint from the perspective of product life cycles.

Overview of Environmental Impact

The chart below shows Sony's impact on the environment over the entire life cycle of its business activities, including energy and resources used in business activities, energy consumed by Sony products when used by customers, and the recycling and disposal of products after use. The chart shows the principal environmental impact during fiscal 2016 for items that Sony can recognize and manage directly.

Overview of Sony's Environmental Impact
Greenhouse Gases

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Assessing Greenhouse Gas Emissions over the Entire Value Chain

The recent escalation of climate change issues has prompted corporations to broaden the scope of efforts to ascertain the greenhouse gas emissions not just of their own operations but also those throughout their entire value chain.*1 Sony has determined emissions from its major component suppliers and manufacturing contractors. Furthermore, based on the level of emissions identified, Sony has estimated greenhouse gas emissions for its entire value chain.*2 The amount of greenhouse gas emissions from Sony's overall value chain in fiscal 2016 is estimated to be approximately 17.58 million tons. The largest volume of emissions, approximately 11.1 million tons, was from "energy consumed during product use." The next-largest category was "goods and services procured," which includes raw materials and components, at approximately 5.06 million tons. Sony plans to build its own system for identifying greenhouse gas emissions over the entire value chain and will work to enhance the accuracy of the system and strengthen management of emissions.

  • *1Value chain refers to the entire product life cycle process, from procurement of materials through to manufacturing, use and disposal. It includes upstream and downstream manufacturing processes.
  • *2Estimated greenhouse gas emissions are calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol's scope 3 accounting and reporting standard and guidelines published by Japan's Ministry of the Environment.

Status of Scope 3 Emissions per Category

Scopes and categories Status
Category 1 Purchased goods and services calculated
Category 2 Capital goods calculated
Category 3 Fuel- and energy-related activities (not included in scope 1 or scope 2) calculated
Category 4 Upstream transportation and distribution calculated*
Category 5 Waste generated in operations calculated
Category 6 Business travel calculated*
Category 7 Employee commuting calculated
Category 8 Upstream leased assets not relevant
Category 9 Downstream transportation and distribution calculated
Category 10 Processing of sold products calculated
Category 11 Use of sold products calculated*
Category 12 End-of-life treatment of sold products calculated
Category 13 Downstream leased assets not relevant
Category 14 Franchises not relevant
Category 15 Investments calculated

  • *The emissions are assured by a third-party date verification. (In category 4, only product transport emissions are verified.)
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