Travelling the Road to Zero
Destination: "zero environmental footprint" worldwide by 2050
Road to Zero is Sony's global environmental plan. It calls for a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of our products and business activities by 2050. A series of specific milestones every 5 years guide us forward.
On the Way to 100% Renewable Energy
Actively participating in initiatives related to energy and CO2 reduction
A good way to cut CO2 emissions is to find renewable energy sources to meet our daily power needs. To this end, we participate in RE100, the global initiative for companies committed to 100% renewable power by 2050. Sony aims to achieve 100% by 2040 and hopes that these efforts, combined with other companies, will build momentum to combat climate change.
Finding Renewable Energy Solutions for Each Region
Direct purchase, certificates and on-site solar are some options
Sony Group seeks to optimally balance regional conditions and renewable energy resources. In Japan, Sony buys Green Energy Certificates and power directly from renewable sources. In Europe, direct purchase and certificates realise 100% renewable energy. In North America, certificates and on-site renewable power are increasingly used by Sony facilities in the region.
Supplying Our Own Renewable Energy
Renewable energy generated on-site is reliably supplementing energy needs
Sony uses more and more on-site renewable energy generation where appropriate. The Sony UK Technology Center realises 100% renewable energy through certificates and on-site solar panels, which now produce 8% of its electricity. Solar panels at Sony Pictures Entertainment Headquarters in California cover part of the company's electricity, as well.
Studio’s Road to Zero Journey Began with Solar 10 Years Ago
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Vice President, Sustainability
Investing in Renewables at New Sites
Taking advantage of renewable energy available on site
At Sony Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Chonburi and Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. Kumamoto Technology Center in Kyushu, Japan, new photovoltaic panels start operating in 2019.
Diversifying Our Renewable Energy Sources
Carefully choosing renewable power from multiple sources
Sony sources renewable energy from a “green menu” supplied by Japan’s power companies. Since fiscal 2017, Sony has contracted with the Tokyo Electric Power Company to directly purchase 100% hydroelectric power created from abundant rain and snowfall. Using these renewable natural resources instead of fossil fuels helps to mitigate global warming.
Expanding Renewable Energy Market in Japan
Expanding ways to source renewable energy for the benefit of the earth
In 2001, Sony, with Tokyo Electric Power Co. established the Green Power Certification System in Japan, initially to enable itself to buy renewable energy, even when the source could not connect directly to its facilities. Since then, many companies in Japan and other countries have purchased renewable energy, such as wind, solar and biomass through similar certification systems.
Our Road to Zero (Environmental Footprint)
It’s a distant goal, but Sony Innovation is up to the challenge
Road to Zero is Sony's global environmental plan, striving to achieve a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of our products and business activities by 2050. Road to Zero sets a series of specific goals based on four environmental perspectives, and six product life cycle stages. We are steadily advancing until we reach our destination.