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Updated on September 7, 2016

Use of Renewable Energy

Sony Reduces Emissions of CO2 in Fiscal 2015 by Approximately 53,000 Tons through the Use of Renewable Energy

  • Quantity of Renewable Energy Use by Region(Fiscal 2015)
The use of renewable energy* is a key part of Sony's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fiscal 2015, the use of the Green Power Certification System and the introduction of solar power generation systems helped reduce Sony's CO2 emissions by approximately 53,000 tons. Renewable energy accounts for approximately 5% of the total amount of electricity that Sony uses worldwide

Energy from sustainable sources including solar, wind, water, geothermal, and biomass energy.

Japan: Using Renewable Energy

Sony Remains One of Japan's Largest Purchasers of Green Power Certificates

In fiscal 2015, Sony purchased Green Power Certificates*1 that amounted to 18,229 MWh of green electricity and 219,629 GJ of green heat, equivalent to reducing some 20,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This makes Sony one of the largest purchasers of Green Certificates in Japan.

The Green Power Certification System was jointly developed in 2001 by Sony and power utilities. Prior to its introduction, entities needed to have their own power generating facilities or be located in proximity to a power plant in order to use renewable energy. Under the scheme, green certificates are issued for green electricity and green heat generated from power plants across Japan, which entities can purchase and trade. These certificates are considered equivalent to purchasing renewable energy, even if generated at a distant place.

Using Carbon Offset Credit Schemes in and outside of Japan

In addition to the Green Power Certification System, Sony uses other carbon offset credit schemes as part of its initiatives to use renewable energy.
In Japan, Sony also uses the J-Credit*2 and J-VER*3 carbon offset credit schemes. Under the J-Credit Scheme, Sony purchased renewable energy credits equivalent to reducing some 14,900 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This included the purchase of credits equivalent to reducing approximately 13,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, from 25 national projects involved in renewable energy credits, particularly wood biomass energy. Sony continues to purchase credits from a carbon offset project that is being implemented by the municipality of Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture in partnership with local small and medium-sized businesses, and in fiscal 2015 purchased credits equivalent to reducing some 1,400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Under the J-VER Scheme, Sony purchased credits equivalent to reducing some 666 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from a forest carbon absorption project in Tsubetsu, Hokkaido. These credits were applied to offset emissions by Sony Bank Inc. and Sony Assurance Inc.
Outside of Japan, Sony uses the Kyoto Mechanism Credit Scheme. Sony contributed to the Japan GHG Reduction Fund (JGRF) that was established in December 2004, up until JGRF expired in May 2014. JGRF was established to purchase emissions credits from greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries, for allocation to the Fund's corporate contributors. Through its contributions to JGRF, Sony purchased credits equivalent to reducing some 156,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

J-Credit Scheme: A scheme for awarding credits for certified greenhouse gas reductions/removal by means of sequestration, created through the integration of the Domestic Credit Scheme and the J-VER Scheme. The Domestic Credit Scheme allowed for greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects to be executed by small- and medium-sized companies in Japan in order to generate carbon credits that could be purchased by larger companies.
J-VER Scheme: A verification scheme for offset credits generated through the reduction/removal by sequestration of greenhouse gases through projects implemented in Japan.

  • Renewable Energy Certification and Emissions Credits in Japan (As of March 31,2016)

    Data indicated in the above diagram is calculated from contracts, and differs from data described in the main text, which is calculated from purchased credits.

Europe: Using 100% Renewable Electricity

  • Sony DADC's site in Anif, Austria, one of several Sony sites in Europe that uses 100% renewable electricity
In Europe, Sony has been using renewable electricity since 2002. From fiscal 2008 onward, 100% renewable electricity usage had been achieved by Sony sites* in Europe through the direct purchase of electricity generated from renewable sources and through the purchase of Renewable Electricity Certificates if direct purchase of renewable electricity was not possible. In fiscal 2015, Sony used a total of approximately 68,765 MWh of renewable electricity in Europe.

Sony sites in Europe that have obtained ISO 14001 certification

North America: Promoting the Use of Renewable Energy by Various Regional Group Companies

  • Solar power generation facility installed on the roof of SPE's headquarters
Beginning April 2008, four of Sony's sites in the United States—Sony DADC U.S. Inc.'s Pitman (at the time) and Terre Haute plants, the New York office of Sony Corporation of America (SCA) and the San Diego office of Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL)—signed Renewable Energy Certification contracts. Subsequently, the scope of purchases were expanded to cover additional sites, and in fiscal 2015 Green Power Certification purchased by the Sony Group covered more than 25,580 MWh of electricity in the United States and Canada at the following sites: Sony DADC's Terre Haute plant; Sony DADC's Bolingbrook distribution center; the New York office of SCA; the Toronto office of Sony of Canada Ltd, and major facilities of SEL. This is enough green power to meet an estimated 23% of these entities' electricity use in the United States and Canada. The Green Power Certificates purchased by SEL are equivalent to 33% of the electricity consumption of the main SEL sites in the United States and Mexico that have received unified ISO certification during fiscal 2015. At the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) headquarters, approximately 253 MWh of electricity was provided by the company's own solar power generation system in fiscal 2015.
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