Updated on August 29, 2019

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reducing CO2 Emissions from Product Usage

Sony products consume electrical power while used by their owners, resulting in indirect emissions of CO2. Sony has adopted the target of reducing annual energy consumption per product*1 from product use by 30% by fiscal 2020 compared to the fiscal 2013 level. To achieve this, Sony is working to incorporate energy-saving features in a wide range of product categories. In fiscal 2018, annual energy consumption per product was 51% lower than in fiscal 2013. Since setting the target, Sony has made great progress, especially in reducing the power consumption of flat screen televisions and game consoles.
Total CO2 emissions in product use over the lifetime of all products sold in fiscal 2018 were approximately 10.63 million tons, which was 0.4% lower than in fiscal 2017, mainly due to the decreased energy consumption of game consoles.*2

  • *1Energy-using products which operate the intended main function with energy input from a commercial power supply
  • *2In theory, emissions during product use in the current fiscal year should be calculated from the total quantity of electrical power consumed by previously sold Sony products that are still in use by consumers in the current fiscal year. However, given the difficulty of determining how many previously sold Sony products are still in use by consumers of the total number of Sony products sold to date, Sony uses the total quantity of electrical power consumed while in use over the lifetime of Sony products sold in the current fiscal year as an indicator for CO2 emissions during use.

Reducing Product Power Consumption

Sony sets specific fiscal year targets to reduce product energy consumption in every product category. To achieve these targets, Sony engages in ongoing technology development to improve energy efficiency, while continually studying products for potential improvements and implementing diverse measures to reduce energy consumption. Regulations governing energy efficiency of products, such as the Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) enacted in the European Union in 2010, are enforced in countries around the world, and Sony products are ready for compliance in every country before these regulations go into effect.

Examples in Products (link to “Sony and the Environment” website)

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