Sony Corporation has joined RE100, an initiative operated by the international non-government organization, The Climate Group, in partnership with CDP, an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In so doing, Sony will aim to use 100 percent renewable electricity for all of its business sites by 2040.
RE100 consists of companies committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity, and comprises over 140 member companies worldwide (as of September 10, 2018).
In order to accelerate the use of renewable energy, Sony will expand its use of renewable energy in North America and China.
Within Japan, which contains many of Sony’s semiconductor manufacturing sites and has the largest energy consumption within the Sony Group, the company states it will establish an intracompany electricity transfer plan generated at company sites and consider supplying Sony sites through electrical grids owned by power companies with energy created by in-house generation facilities that use renewable energy.
Sony has adopted a "Road to Zero" long-term environmental plan that plots a course to a zero environmental footprint for the company's operations and across the lifecycle of its products by 2050. Moving toward this vision for the future, Sony set about pursuing its new "Green Management 2020" environmental mid-term targets from fiscal 2016, which it aims to achieve by the end of fiscal 2020, and cites the use of renewable energy as one of its pillars.
Sony has adopted the target of using renewable energy equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons by fiscal 2020 and is accelerating the implementation of renewable energy in a variety of ways, including use of Renewable Energy Certificates and installation of solar panels. The cumulative total of CO2 emissions reduced by using renewable energy since fiscal 2016 is approx.154,000 tons.
Through these and other measures, Sony will continue striving to bring forth environmentally conscious products and services, minimize the environmental footprint of its value chain, and work to create a better and more sustainable society, toward the achievement of its "Road to Zero" plan.
“We are excited to welcome Sony aboard RE100. From PlayStation® and image sensors to consumer electronics, music, and film, this is the largest entertainment and technology business in the world stepping up and switching its entire operations to 100 percent renewable electricity. Sony is at the forefront of cutting edge innovation and this commitment shows the global marketplace that renewable energy is the future,” stated Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group.