According to the electronics giant the reduction, compared with fiscal year 2000 levels, was met last year through its Green Management 2010 mid-term environmental plan.

Figures, which have been independently audited by the Bureau Veritas (BV) Group, cover CO2 emissions across all Sony business sites as it aims to meet a target of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Sony reduced CO2 emissions across its business sites to 1.53 million tons in fiscal year 2010, representing a reduction of 31% compared to fiscal year 2000 levels and beating the original 7% target specified in the GM2010 plan.

The GM2010 plan, introduced in 2006, aimed to reduce Sony’s environmental impact over the five-year period spanning the fiscal years 2006 through 2010.

Initiatives included using greener materials in products and reducing energy-related CO2 through advanced energy systems.

Sony was claims to have played an ‘instrumental’ role in the introduction of the Green Power Certification System for renewable energy in Japan, and remains one of its largest users.

Other Achievements (compared with fiscal year 2000):

·Waste generation at business sites – 54% reduction (target 40%)

·Water usage at business sites – 41% reduction (target 20%)

·Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from business sites – 35% reduction (target 40%)

Luke Walsh

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