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Global Eco Projects
Declaration to become an environmentally contributing company in China
In September 2007, Panasonic held the China Environmental Forum, where we publicized concrete action targets concerning products, factories, and employees’ activities as the Declaration to Become an Environmentally Contributing Company in China. Two years later in May 2009, Panasonic also held the China Environmental Forum 2009 and declared to be a model company in China through further intensified environmental contributions.
Declaration details in China
|Items||Fiscal 2010 Declaration|
|Products||Consecutive launch of top-level energy-saving products|
|Manufacturing||Share know-how about environmentally-conscious manufacturing to society|
|Human resources||Spread employees’ eco activities into the local community|
Environmental labels in China
Not only does Panasonic improve its technological development to achieve high environmental performance of products, it also promotes acquisition of eco labels to provide clear information to customers.
In China, our products display an energy efficiency label that indicates energy-saving performance in five grades. All the models of our refrigerator made and released in fiscal 2012 in China secured the Grade One label, indicating top performance. We are also actively obtaining voluntary environmental labels*1 and acquired a total of 447 labels for a variety of products, including air conditioners and washing machines, in fiscal 2012.
- *1 China Environmental Labeling, Energy and Water Conservation Labeling, and China Ecolabeling.
Green Room system for hotels
In June 2011, Panasonic successfully provided an energy management system, Green Room, to a hotel in Beijing.
The system automatically measures power consumption for each guest room in the hotel using a Panasonic power meter, and achieves energy conservation through analysis and visualization of power use. The result of system trials showed about 30% energy conservation at maximum. The system provides total control over the lighting and appliances installed in guest rooms. We will actively promote this system to hotels and develop this product into a global-scale total hotel energy management business.
Improve factory waste recycling rate
In fiscal 2012, Panasonic held three training sessions on factory waste recycling activities for waste administrators and officers in China. A total of 53 people from 29 companies attended the sessions and learned good examples and knowhow to achieve a waste recycling rate of at least 99% in fiscal 2013.
We also started the Factory Waste Management Area Working Group scheme by dividing our sites in China into six areas to reinforce communications among sites in different areas. The scheme resulted in achieving a 99.1% waste recycling rate in fiscal 2012, which was a 2% increase compared to fiscal 2011.
Waste recycling training
Participation in China-Japan Green Expo 2011
In June 2011, Panasonic participated in the China-Japan Green Expo 2011 in Beijing as a platinum sponsor and showcased its energy solutions. We enjoyed a good number of visitors, including Chinese government senior officials. Our booths featured the vision looking towards the 100th anniversary of our founding and concrete actions to implement the vision; comprehensive energy solutions for the entire house, store, building, or town; and our environmental contributions in China. We also provided several presentations at the seminar held together with the expo.
Panasonic booth in China-Japan Green Expo 2011
Tree planting and environmental education for children
In June 2009, we started the “One Million Trees over 10 Years” tree planting program and “One Million Children over 10 Years” environmental education activity.
In fiscal 2012, we distributed a DVD for in-house instructors in Chinese group companies to improve their training skills. The environmental education that we provided utilized the global environmental educational materials for children in older grades in elementary school exclusively developed by Panasonic, as well as a curriculum for younger children developed by Panasonic China. Along with the Eco Picture Diary Contest, a total of 159,000 children took part in our environmental education programs. In our tree planting activities in fiscal 2012, we succeeded in planting approx. 82,000 trees.
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