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Updated on August 23, 2017

Use of Renewable Energy

Sony Reduces Emissions of CO2 in Fiscal 2016 by Approximately 78,000 Tons through the Use of Renewable Energy

Sony has adopted the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons by using renewable energy* 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 2016, 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 12,000 tons in North America, 17,000 tons in Europe, and 48,000 tons in Japan and East Asia. Of the electricity used at Sony business sites worldwide, electricity generated by renewable energy accounted for approximately 7%.

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Renewable 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 2016, Sony purchased The Green Power Certificates* that amounted to 17,278 MWh of green electricity and 133,330 GJ of green heat, equivalent to reducing some 17,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This makes Sony one of the largest purchasers of Green Certificates in 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 fiscal 2016, Sony first used carbon offset credits acquired through investment in the Japan GHG Reduction Fund (JGRF, dissolved in May 2014 when scheduled to expire) and through investment in the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program. Those credits were equivalent to reducing some 31,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

Moreover, in 2017, Sony signed an agreement with the Tokyo Electric Power Group (TEPCO) for the direct purchase of electricity generated by hydraulic power.

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The Green Power Certification System was jointly developed in 2001 by Sony and power utilities. 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.

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* 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 2016, Sony used a total of approximately 63,991 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. The renewable energy used by UK TEC is generated by PV Solar Panels which cover 8% of the site's electricity usage, and the remainder is supplied via Renewable Energy Certificates.

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Sony sites in Europe that have obtained ISO 14001 certification


  • PV 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 Certification contracts. Subsequently, the scope of purchases were expanded to cover additional sites, and in fiscal 2016 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 26% of these entities' electricity use in the United States and Canada. The Green Power Certificates purchased by SEL are equivalent to 46% of the electricity consumption of the main SEL sites in the United States and Mexico that have received unified ISO certification during fiscal 2016. At the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) headquarters, approximately 219 MWh of electricity was provided by the company's own solar power generation system in fiscal 2016.

  • Solar power generation facility installed on the roof of SPE's headquarters
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