Updated on August 29, 2018

Use of Renewable Energy

Efforts to Reduce CO2 Emissions by Using Renewable Energy

Sony has adopted the target of reducing cumulative CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons by using renewable energy*1 by fiscal 2020 and is pursuing Green Energy Certificates and renewable energy through the use of solar power systems for all of its business sites worldwide. In fiscal 2017, the total amount of CO2 emissions reduced by using renewable energy at Sony worldwide was approximately 78,000 tons. By region, renewable energy input breaks down to 50,000 tons in Japan and East Asia, 15,000 tons in North America, and 13,000 tons in Europe. Of the electricity used at Sony worldwide, electricity generated by renewable energy accounted for approximately 5%. The cumulative total of CO2 emissions reduced by using renewable energy since fiscal 2016 is 154,000 tons.

  • *1Renewable energy includes solar, wind, water, geothermal and biomass. This is energy that comes from sustainable sources.

Japan: Utilizing Green Energy Certificates and Other Carbon Offset Credit Systems

In fiscal 2017, Sony used Green Power Certificates*1 that amounted to 17,640 MWh of green electricity, equivalent to reducing some 9,808 tons of CO2 emissions. Sony also used other renewable energy credits in addition to Green Power Certificates, which were equivalent to reducing some 38,552 tons of CO2 emissions. Sony has signed an agreement that went into effect in fiscal 2017 with TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc. to directly purchase hydroelectric power, and this was equivalent to reducing another 1,193 tons of CO2 emissions.

  • *1The Green Power Certification System was jointly developed in 2001 by Sony and power utilities. The scheme issues green certificates that represent the environmental value of electricity, heat and other renewable energy generated by power plants across Japan. Entities can purchase and trade these green power and green heat certificates. They are considered equivalent to purchasing renewable energy, even if generated at a distant place.

Europe: Using 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*1 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 2017, Sony used a total of approximately 55,402 MWh of renewable electricity in Europe.
Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) based in Pencoed, United Kingdom is one of several Sony sites in Europe which use 100% renewable electricity. UK TEC generates approximately 147 MWh of renewable electricity from PV solar panels installed at the facility, and it purchases Renewable Energy Certificates for the remainder of its electricity needs.

  • *1Sony sites in Europe that have obtained ISO 14001 certification
Solar panels on the roof of the UK TEC

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

Beginning April 2008, four of Sony's sites in the United States— the Pitman (at the time) and Terre Haute plants of Sony DADC U.S. Inc., the New York office of Sony Corporation of America (SCA) and the San Diego office of Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL)—signed Renewable Energy Certificate contracts. Subsequently, the scope of purchases were expanded to cover additional sites, and in fiscal 2017 Green Power Certification purchased by the Sony Group covered more than 30,705 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 25% of these entities' electricity use in the United States. At the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) headquarters, approximately 256 MWh of electricity was provided by the company's own solar power generation system in fiscal 2017.

Solar panels on the roof of SPE's headquarters
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