With a diversified product portfolio ranging from televisions to household appliances, Panasonic’s focus on climate change has concentrated on reducing its own footprint and producing energy efficient products. With the acquisition of Sanyo, Panasonic is positioned to expand its solar solutions and reduce greenhouse gases in other sectors of the economy. Panasonic has several opportunities to increase its Leaderboard score. It needs to be clearer about the solutions it offers beyond energy efficient products, and offer case study data for its solutions offerings. Panasonic needs to show leadership via proactive advocacy within Japan and abroad for strong climate and energy policies.
Panasonic is looking at solutions in a number of areas, including building energy management and smart appliances. Panasonic needs to make public any case study data that showcases the emissions savings of these solutions.
Panasonic has achieved a 7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from a 2007 baseline, with plans to further reduce its emissions in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Panasonic only lists its renewable energy use in Japan, not globally, and does not list it as a percentage of overall electricity use.
Panasonic professes to support Prime Minister Hatoyama’s greenhouse gas reduction targets of 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, but this support needs to extend beyond words on its website.