Sony is accelerating its 10-year carbon neutrality goal

Sony is accelerating its goal of achieving carbon neutrality across the company by 10 years, the Japanese multinational conglomerate announced on Wednesday.

Originally announced in 2010, Sony’s long-term “Road to Zero” global environmental plan saw the company commit to achieving a “zero environmental footprint throughout the lifecycle” of its products and business operations by 2050. With this statement (H/T Eurogamer), this goal has been brought closer to 2040.

“Sony will accelerate its carbon neutral target year,” Sony said. FY2022 Corporate Strategy Meeting Statement reads, “i.e. virtually zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, from 2050 to 2040. Specifically, Sony intends to make direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1 and 2) of its own carbon-neutral operations by 2030, and by 2040, in addition to scopes 1 and 2, Sony will also target other emissions from stages such as products, supply chains and logistics (scope 3), aiming for net zero emissions in all scopes.

In the statement, Sony, a member of the international “RE100” initiative, said it had also raised its goal of achieving 100% renewable energy in its own operations by 10 years as well, from 2040 to 2030.

“As a result,” reads Sony’s press release, “the renewable electricity tariff to be achieved from 2025, which is one of the priority elements of Sony’s program Medium-term environmental objectives “Green Management 2025 (GM2025)” enacted to achieve “Road to Zero”, moves from the current target of 15% to the new target of 35%. At the same time, Sony’s Renewable Energy Sourcing Policy has been revised to include additional environmental considerations when installing and operating power generation equipment. »

Measures Sony has said it wants to implement to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2040 include:

  1. Continuous reduction of environmental impact at our own sites: Acceleration of energy savings, installation of solar power generation equipment and introduction of renewable energies throughout the Sony group.
  2. Continued promotion of energy-efficient products: Accelerate initiatives to reduce annual energy consumption per Sony product.
  3. Strengthen efforts with partners: Encourage Sony Group business partners, such as those engaged in the manufacture of parts, materials and finished products, to manage their GHG emissions, save energy and convert to renewable energy to reduce the amount of GHG emissions throughout the supply chain.
  4. Contribution to carbon removal/sequestration: Contribute to carbon sequestration through technological removal and uptake by ecosystems.

In recent weeks, Sony has been making headlines for a variety of reasons, apparently donating to abortion rights groups while silencing employees and its future studio Bungie, saying it wouldn’t ” muzzled” on his vocal support for progressive causes. .

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