A leader in electronics manufacturing from LCD panels to household appliances, Sharp has invested in producing energy efficient products. Sharp is also one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar photovoltaic cells. Under its ‘Super Green Strategy’ Sharp has goals for expanding the emissions savings it can provide to society, mainly in the form of increased solar use. As it is keenly aware of the business opportunities for technological solutions to climate change, Sharp should be at the forefront of strong climate advocacy in Japan, buttressing arguments that Sharp -- and Japan -- can prosper from implementing science-based climate and clean energy policies.
Sharp scores points for publicly detailing the environmental impact of its solar panel production, including lifecycle analysis and estimates of resources used during manufacturing. To improve its score Sharp should provide more details on the figures used to generate these estimated savings, or other solar case studies. Additionally, Sharp is beginning to engage in smart grid pilot projects; and should supply the emissions savings in these projects.
Sharp possesses a relative greenhouse gas emission reduction, rather than an absolute reduction target. However, the company scores points for an absolute reduction in 2008 from 2007 baseline. Sharp has made some improvements in its renewable energy supply, with some European and US sites utilizing over 80 percent, but the global percentage is still too low to score the company any points.
Sharp has made statements cautiously supporting Prime Minister Hatoyama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. To continue to score these points and more, Sharp needs to provide more evidence that it continue to be an active supporter of strong climate and energy policies.