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Updated on September 7, 2016

The Green Star Program

In fiscal 2011, Sony launched the Green Star Program, an in-house system for assessing the environmental performance of Sony Group sites worldwide. Under the program—one of several initiatives designed to ensure achievement of the ultimate goal of Sony's "Road to Zero" global environmental plan—each site's activities are evaluated comprehensively through quantitative and qualitative assessments from four key perspectives: climate change, resource conservation, chemical substance management and biodiversity conservation.
Implementation of the Green Star Program shows how well each site is performing and elucidates their strengths and weaknesses, thus indicating what needs to be done next. The program is useful as a tool for ongoing efforts to make improvements.

Sony has developed numerical assessment criteria and measures to evaluate progress toward achieving the environment mid-term targets, Sony Group's Green Management 2015, while managing attainment levels and promoting activities for reducing environmental impacts at each site. Level of attainment is indicated by number of stars. The goal for all sites in fiscal 2015 was to earn a four-star rating (which represents a perfect score of four points in all scoring items). At the end of fiscal 2015, the average score for all sites was 3.6 points. This was because, although sites received four-star ratings in almost all of the qualitative assessment categories, there was an increase in device production volumes and recycling rate targets were not met in certain regions.
Beginning in fiscal 2016, the Sony Group launched the new environment mid-term targets, Green Management 2020. Progress against the mid-term environment targets is now indicated by up to as many as seven stars.
Example of qualitative assessment criteria
Climate change Monitor and analyze energy use with an appropriate monitoring system; adopt highly efficient systems and equipment for effective operation; and promote activities to improve energy savings in the manufacturing process
Resources Waste Reduction of generated waste; promote resource recovery and recycling; and ensure proper processing by waste companies
Water Monitor and analyze water use; take steps to promote the efficient use of water and reduce water consumption, etc.
Chemical substances Monitor and analyze handling amount and amount released and transferred; reduce volume used and replace with alternative substances
Biodiversity Implement biodiversity conservation plans that give consideration to the characteristics of regional ecosystems; promote land use and green space management that take the importance of biodiversity into account
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