Updated on August 29, 2019

Use of Renewable Energy

Efforts to Reduce CO2 Emissions by Using Renewable Energy

Sony’s Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets include reducing cumulative CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons by using renewable energy*1 by fiscal 2020. In order to achieve this target, Sony is working to adopt renewable energy in ways suited to the regional circumstances of its business locations worldwide, employing strategies such as procuring renewable energy from power utilities and purchasing renewable energy certificates.
In order to accelerate the utilization of renewable energy, in 2018, Sony became a member of RE100*2. Sony’s goal is to source 100% renewable electricity for the worldwide operations by 2040.

  • *1Renewable energy includes solar, wind, water, geothermal and biomass. This is energy that comes from sustainable sources.
  • *2RE100 is a global initiative led by the non-profit The Climate Group in partnership with CDP in which participating companies set a goal of procuring 100% renewable electricity for power used in their global business operations.
RE100 logo

In fiscal 2018, the total amount of CO2 emissions reduced by using renewable energy at Sony worldwide was approximately 84,000 tons. By region, renewable energy input breaks down to 56,000 tons in Japan and East Asia, 14,000 tons in North America, and 14,000 tons in Europe. Of the electricity used at Sony worldwide, electricity generated by renewable energy accounted for approximately 7%. The cumulative total of CO2 emissions reduced by using renewable energy since fiscal 2016 is 238,000 tons.

Japan: Increasing the Utilization of Renewable Energy

Utilizing Green Energy Certificates and Other Carbon Offset Credit Systems

In fiscal 2018, in Japan, Sony used Green Power Certificates*1 that amounted to 17,444 MWh of green electricity, equivalent to approximately 8,998 tons of CO2 emissions. Sony also used other renewable energy credits in addition to Green Power Certificates, which were equivalent to approximately 45,065 tons of CO2 emissions. Under an agreement to directly purchase hydroelectric power, which went effect in fiscal 2017, Sony purchased renewable energy from TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc., saving an equivalent of 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.

Solar Energy System Deployed at Kumamoto Technology Center

Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's Kumamoto Technology Center (Kumamoto TEC) engages in semiconductor manufacturing and development. The center deployed a 1,065 kW solar power project, the largest of its kind in the Sony Group in Japan. The solar energy system was brought online in 2019 and is expected to generate an estimated 1,240 MWh per year.

Solar panels installed on the roof at Kumamoto TEC

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 onsite photovoltaic power generation, through the direct purchase of electricity generated from renewable sources and through the purchase of Renewable Electricity Certificates if direct purchase or onsite generation of renewable electricity was not possible. In fiscal 2018, Sony used a total of approximately 56,333 MWh of renewable electricity in Europe.
Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) based in Pencoed, United Kingdom is one of the Sony sites in Europe which use 100% renewable electricity. In fiscal 2018, UK TEC generated 219 MWh of renewable electricity from 897 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 and ground 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 2018 Green Power Certification purchased by the Sony Group covered more than 28,565 MWh of electricity in the United States at the following sites: Sony DADC's Terre Haute plant; Sony DADC's Bolingbrook distribution center; the New York office of SCA; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) , and major facilities of SEL. This is enough green power to meet an estimated 27% of these entities' electricity use in the United States. At the SPE headquarters, approximately 284 MWh of electricity was provided by the company's own solar power generation system in fiscal 2018.

Solar panels on the roof of SPE's headquarters

Pan Asia: Solar Energy System Deployed in Thailand

In the Pan Asia region, the Chonburi Factory of Sony Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (STT-C) deployed a 1,814 kW solar energy system that started operating in 2019. This system is expected to generate an estimated 2,420 MWh per year. STT-C will also pursue energy-saving measures throughout the plant in order to reduce energy use.

Solar panels on the roof of STT-C
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