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Updated on August 23, 2017

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. The achievement levels are indicated by number of stars. 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's Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets run through fiscal 2020. Sony has been working to achieve them under updated evaluation standards since fiscal 2016. Progress against the mid-term environmental targets is 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 Reduce generated waste; promote resource recovery and recycling; and ensure proper management of waste disposal contractors
Water Monitor and analyze water use; take steps to promote the efficient use of water and reduce water consumption, etc.
Chemical substances Properly manage handling of chemical substances; monitor and analyze handling amount and amount released and transferred; and 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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