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Updated on October 24, 2017

Green Management 2020 Targets and Progress

Under the Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets, which spanned from fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015, Sony categorized targets and activities accordingly to product lifecycle stage. The targets and progress of activities for each stage are outlined below.

1. Product/Service Planning and Design

Sony is committed to delivering products and services with low environmental impact in all of its businesses. In electronics, Sony designs and manufactures products to have a low environmental impact throughout the product's entire lifecycle. In motion pictures, music, and other areas of its entertainment business, Sony makes the most of the content it creates to develop and implement environmental campaigns.
Targets (base year: 2013) Progress in FY2016
Overall Employ environmental features in products Created environmentally conscious products in major product categories.
Example: 28% reduction in energy consumption compared to previous model (PS4® CUH-2000 series), adoption of recycled plastics for 71%* of all plastic used (Sound Bar HT-XT2)
*
Gross value that includes recycled plastics mixed with virgin plastic and additives
Promote environmentally conscious design throughout the life cycle (during production, in use, at disposal, etc.)
Raise awareness and inspire action on issues of sustainability from over 500 million people in the world through the entertainment business Raised awareness and inspired action by reaching an audience of over 8.23 billion through events and the broadcasting of TV shows.
Climate Change AC powered devices*1: Reduce annual energy consumption by 30% (average reduction rate) Approx. 37.6% reduction
Mobile phones and tablets: Power consumption at no load condition and in battery maintenance mode: No more than 0.03W All smart phones launched in fiscal 2016 less than 0.03W
DC powered devices*2: Improve energy efficiency and charging efficiency Improved energy savings and charging efficiency in many models.
Example: Achieved approx. 20% energy savings over previous model with latest HD portable camera HXC-FB75
Resources Reduce amount of virgin oil-based plastics per product unit by 10% (average reduction rate). Approx. 6.9% reduction
Reduce and substitute key resources other than oil-based resources Reduced certain key mineral resources.
Aim to minimize resource inputs Continued to focus on making products smaller.
Promote design for recycling Promoted designs with recyclability based on Sony Group Environmental Design Standards. Regularly held training sessions on recycling for designers.
Chemical Substances Eliminate high-risk applications of "Controlled Substances" *3 that are of high concern (polyvinyl chloride, brominated flame retardants, etc.) and use alternative substances*4 Promoted use of alternative substances based on Sony standards for management of chemical substances.
Biodiversity Promote the use of recycled paper and certified paper Promoted use of recycled and certified paper based on purchasing policy for paper and printed materials.

*1
AC powered devices refers to energy-using products which operate the intended main function with energy input from the main power source (the main electricity grid)
*2
DC powered devices refers to energy-using products which operate the intended main function only with energy input from the battery
*3
"Controlled Substances" is an abbreviation for "Environment-related Substances to be Controlled," and it refers to substances contained in parts and devices that Sony considers to have significant environmental impact on both humans and the global environment
*4
The list of Sony Mobile Communications (SOMC) controlled substances (the use of which is to be controlled, including polyvinyl chloride, bromine/chlorine compounds, and phthalic ester) applies to all products sold by and bearing the corporate name, on product or packaging, of SOMC.

2. Operations

Sony is accelerating its adoption of renewable energy at worksites and offices throughout the Sony Group as part of its focus on reducing its environmental impact. Sony has established targets for manufacturing outsourcing contractors and is reinforcing its efforts to reduce environmental footprint. Sony is also actively developing environmental activities that meet local needs.
Sony sites
Targets (base year: 2015) Progress in FY2016
Climate Change Reduce absolute GHG *1 emissions from Sony's sites by 5% Approx. 14% reduction
Use renewable energy equivalent to 300,000 CO2-tons Approx. 78,000 tons
Resources Reduce absolute waste generated by 5% Approx. 17% reduction
Landfilled waste rate under 1% (excluding waste that Sony cannot control) Approx. 1.6%
Reduce absolute usage of water by 5% Approx. 6% reduction
Chemical Substances Take actions for classes 1-4. Detailed groups of chemical substances are defined separately.
  • Class 1 substances: Prohibit use
  • Class 2 substances: Prohibit use (Exemptions granted for certain applications)
  • Class 3 substances: Reduce the amounts released and transferred
    >Reduce the amount of VOCs*2 released to the air by 50% from FY 2000 level
  • Class 4 substances: Comply with the relevant laws and regulations and use under appropriate control
  • Class 1 substances: No use of prohibited substances
  • Class 2 substances: No use of prohibited substances
  • Class 3 substances: Continued to reduce amounts released and transferred
    >Emissions of VOC into the air: Approx. 64% reduction
  • Class 4 substances: Compliance with relevant laws and regulations and use under appropriate control
Biodiversity Implement environmental contribution activities (including conservation activities at Sony's sites) respecting the needs of local communities Implemented activities to preserve, educate, and raise awareness of biodiversity at all sites as part of local contribution activities.
Outsourcing contractors
Targets Progress in FY2016
Climate Change Request manufacturing outsourcing contractors with large business transactions to monitor GHG*1 emissions and reduce GHG*1 intensity by 1% per year Requested relevant manufacturing outsourcing contractors to reduce and track emissions intensity and surveyed progress.
Request contractors with large business transactions to continually use renewable energy Surveyed relevant contractors on introduction of renewable energy.
Prioritize the use of energy efficient data center Issued internal guidelines and promoted priority use of energy efficient data center.
Resources Request manufacturing outsourcing contractors with large business transactions to monitor volume of water use and reduce water use intensity by 1% per year Requested relevant manufacturing outsourcing contractors to reduce and track water use intensity and surveyed progress.
Request manufacturing outsourcing contractors with large business transactions to monitor and reduce volume of waste generation
Chemical Substances Request manufacturing outsourcing contractors to respond to Sony's unified standard that takes into account laws around the world restricting and banning chemical substances used, for products and partially-finished products supplied to Sony Requested response based on Sony standards for the management of chemical substances.
Request manufacturing outsourcing contractors to ban from manufacturing processes the use of substances restricted at an international framework that Sony has specified Requested manufacturing outsourcing contractors to ban the use of substances specified by Sony from manufacturing processes and surveyed status of the use of these substances.
Biodiversity Encourage manufacturing outsourcing contractors the environmental contribution activities (including conservation activities at Sony's sites) respecting the needs of local communities Surveyed activities undertaken at major manufacturing outsourcing contractors.

*1
GHG stands for Greenhouse Gas.
*2
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds.

3. Raw Materials and Components Procurement

The environmental impact throughout the entire supply chain, including parts suppliers and others, is clearly larger than the environmental impact created by the activities of a single company. Sony is focused on strengthening efforts to reduce environmental impact and achieve concrete results on targets across the entire product lifecycle.
Targets Progress in FY2016
Climate Change Request suppliers dealing in component categories that create high environmental impact and/or suppliers involved in large business transactions to monitor GHG* emissions, establish their own targets and implement reduction measures Requested relevant suppliers to reduce and track emissions and surveyed progress.
Resources Request suppliers dealing in component categories that create high environmental impact and/or suppliers involved in large business transactions to monitor water consumption, establish their own targets and implement reduction measures Requested relevant suppliers to reduce and track water consumption and surveyed progress.
Chemical Substances Request suppliers to respond to Sony's unified standard that takes into account laws around the world restricting and banning chemical substances used, for raw materials, components and products supplied to Sony Requested response based on Sony standards for the management of chemical substances.
Request suppliers to ban from manufacturing processes the use of substances restricted in an international framework that Sony has specified Began surveying use of banned substances.
Biodiversity Request that consideration be given to biodiversity Began surveying biodiversity activities.

*
GHG stands for Greenhouse Gas.

4. Logistics

In order to reduce CO2 emissions associated with distributing products, Sony takes steps to reduce shipping weight by making products lighter and smaller. Sony also pursues alternative shipping methods (modal shift, etc.) by identifying and employing methods that are most efficient and have less impact on the environment.
Targets (base year: 2013) Progress in FY2016
Climate Change
Reduce absolute CO2 emissions related to logistics between nations and within regions by 10% Approx. 44% reduction

5. Take Back and Recycling

Sony is focused on recycling-oriented product design and promotes take-back and recycling processing for used products. Meanwhile, Sony seeks to ensure that even items which the company itself is unable to recycle at the present time are recycled, and collaborates with recyclers to clarify the extent to which key resources are being recycled.
Targets Progress in FY2016
Resources Establish recycling schemes suitable for the needs of local communities, and move ahead with efficient operations Complied with all legal requirements in all areas where laws and regulations on take-back and recycling are established. Implemented voluntary collection and recycling activities in areas where laws and regulations are not yet established.
Aim at the high-level return of waste to a form in which it can be used as a resource by acquiring a clear grasp of recycling key resources Worked with recycling plant to survey the status of recycling of key resources.

6. Innovation

Sony has continued to bring entertainment and pleasure to people through creativity and innovation, and this is equally true of its approach to environmental activities. Sony is focused on developing environmental technologies and on contributing to the establishment of technologies that will result in reducing environmental impact.
Targets Progress in FY2016
Climate Change,
Resources,
Chemical Substances
Promote the development of environmental technologies, and contribute to the establishment of technologies that result in reducing the environmental impact Promoted technological development such as Triporous™, cooperative agriculture and open energy systems, external sales of Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic (SORPLAS™), and new businesses such as support for environment-related business using drones.
Promote the development of business models that contribute to reducing the environmental impact of the products and services provided in all fields
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