Climate Change

Sharp’s Stance on Climate Change

Medium-term Environmental Goals

Climate change is the most pressing and important issue currently facing humanity. It is driving an increase in natural disaster severity that significantly impacts, both directly and indirectly, not only our daily life but business as well. Sharp recognizes that climate change is a material management issue and is working to address this issue through its long-term environmental vision, SHARP Eco Vision 2050, which was created in 2019 and which encompasses a goal to “Achieve net zero CO2 emissions in Sharp business activities.” To achieve our long-term environmental vision, we have also set new medium-term environmental goals—a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and a 60% reduction by 2035*.
Going forward, Sharp will continue to steadily reduce CO2 emissions by installing solar power systems in our plants and other sites, saving energy, building new solar power plants, and converting the company fleet to electric vehicles (EVs).

  • Compared with fiscal 2021. Includes emissions from fiscal 2021 onwards from Sakai Display Products Corporation, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation in June 2022.

Medium-term Environmental Goals for Achieving Net Zero CO2 Emissions from Corporate Activities

Reducing Environmental Impact Associated with Product Usage

When greenhouse gas emissions for the entire Sharp value chain are calculated and analyzed, the results show that more than 80% of emissions are associated with the use of sold products. Based on this fact, Sharp has identified reducing environmental impact associated with product usage by customers (i.e., improving product energy efficiency) and Sharp business activities (i.e., manufacturing) as material issues in addressing climate change.

Breakdown for Sharp Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Fiscal 2021)

  • *1 Direct GHG emissions from business activities
  • *2 Indirect GHG emissions from energy usage in business activities

Sharp’s main approaches to resolving material issues related to climate change are the following.

Reducing GHG emissions by curbing energy consumption in business activities

  • Quantifying and analyzing energy consumption and GHG emissions from business activities
  • Reducing GHG emissions through productivity improvements and energy cost reductions at factories
  • Reducing GHG emissions by using renewable energy
  • Reducing GHG emissions during transportation by switching to more eco-friendly transportation modes

Participation in International Initiatives and Other Efforts

Sharp participates in the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) *3, which is focused on pursuing action that will achieve real and reliable results in the fight against climate change. Sharp has submitted its GHG reduction targets to the SBTi team, and they have certified them as being scientifically based and in conformance with the Paris Agreement.

In Japan, Sharp participates in the Liaison Group of Japanese Electrical and Electronics Industries for Global Warming Prevention*4, which is a group focused on further accelerating the pace of industry-wide climate change-related action. The members of this group share information about cutting-edge energy-saving initiatives being implemented in factories, and they engage in discussion related to policy recommendations. Sharp also endorses the GX League*5 Basic Concept announced by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

SBTi GHG Emissions Reduction Targets

  • Scope 1 + 2: By fiscal 2031, reduce GHG emissions by 33% compared with fiscal 2018
  • Scope 3: By fiscal 2031, reduce GHG emissions by 33% compared with fiscal 2018(category 11)
  • *3 This climate change-related initiative is a collaborative effort of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi promotes the establishment of science-based GHG emissions reduction targets in conformance with the Paris Agreement.
  • *4 A group comprised of representatives from Japan’s electrical and electronics industries, such as the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA) and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). It promotes industry-wide efforts aimed at preventing global warming, such as the adoption of action plans for establishing a low-carbon society.
  • *5 GX stands for ‘green transformation’—the transformation of the entire economic and social system toward an early shift to carbon neutrality.
    The GX League is a forum where companies pursuing GX collaborate with representatives from governmental, academic, and economic spheres to discuss the transformation of the economic and social system and the creation of new markets.

Disclosure of Climate-Related Information

Action on the TCFD Recommendations

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an organization promoting international financial stability. In 2017 the TCFD released recommendations for companies to disclose information on the risks and opportunities of climate change. Sharp has declared support for the TCFD recommendations and is expanding disclosure of climate-related information in accordance with the framework set by the TCFD.

1. Governance

Climate-related issues are monitored and countermeasures supervised by the President & CEO, who chairs the Sharp Global SER Committee. The committee includes vice chairs (persons in charge of environmental affairs, administration, and human resources) and committee members (general managers of each business unit and the presidents of subsidiaries). Members of relevant Head Office departments serve as the support team for the committee. The committee deliberates issues related to ESG, such as climate change, the thorough implementation of policies and visions, and important measures. The committee also oversees social issues, including climate change by confirming and reviewing the measures taken by each business unit and subsidiary.

2. Strategy

Sharp is implementing environmental initiatives based on SHARP Eco Vision 2050, a long-term environmental vision formulated with the goal of realizing a sustainable global environment. With regard to climate change, we are steadily undertaking measures to achieve newly established medium-term environmental targets for 2035.
In addition, to boost resilience in the face of a future made increasingly uncertain by climate change, Sharp has identified climate-related risks and opportunities based on multiple scenarios, including the SSP1-1.9 scenario*1 and the SSP5-8.5 scenario*2 set forth in the 6th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The following page provides detailed information about those risks and opportunities, along with a summary of associated measures.

3. Risk Management

Sharp identifies and assesses climate-related risks in accordance with the Rules of Business Risk Management, in which the basic approach to risk management has been established. Specifically, Sharp identifies climate-related risks that are highly likely to occur based on its analysis of climate scenarios forecast for the future. Sharp reports its findings as necessary to the Internal Control Planning Division, which serves as the risk management secretariat, and senior executives. It also facilitates necessary improvement measures in partnership with involved departments.

4. Metrics and Targets

Sharp has established medium- and long-term environmental targets for reducing CO2 emissions across the entire supply chain. In January 2020, these targets were certified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being scientifically based and in conformance with the Paris Agreement. Sharp aims to reduce both CO2 emissions from business activities (Scope 1 + 2) and indirect CO2 emissions from non-business activities (Scope 3) by 33% compared with fiscal 2018.

In addition, in June 2022, Sharp announced the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60%*3 by 2035. This target, which is based on the SBT 1.5°C target, reflects our aim of reducing annual CO2 emissions by at least 4.2%. Sharp also established the medium-term target of reducing emissions by 16.8%*3 by 2025.

  • *1 A scenario in which the increase in temperature is limited to 1.5°C or less against the backdrop of sustainable growth.
  • *2 The scenario with the greatest emissions, in which climate measures are not introduced and fossil fuel-dependent growth continues.
  • *3 Compared with fiscal 2021. Includes emissions from fiscal 2021 onwards from Sakai Display Products Corporation, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation in June 2022.

Progress towards Science Based Targets (Fiscal 2021 Results)

Category Base Year
(fiscal 2018 results)
Fiscal 2031 Target
(33% reduction compared with fiscal 2018)
Fiscal 2021 Results Base Year Comparison
Scope 1 + 2 1,077 thousand tons CO2 722 thousand tons CO2 985 thousand tons CO2 9% reduction
Scope 3 (Category 11) 27,489 thousand tons CO2 18,418 thousand tons CO2 28,010 thousand tons CO2 2% increase

Sharp Business Risks and Opportunities

1.5°C scenario
SSP1-1.9
Analysis results A large number of countries, whether advanced, emerging, or developing, introduce more ambitious emissions regulations. Production methods and other structures will be subject to significant restrictions due to those regulations. Reflecting the soaring cost of conventional power, for example electricity derived from fossil fuels, the cost of renewable energy begins to fall compared to conventional generating methods thanks to policy incentives.
Climate change drivers Introduction of policies such as carbon pricing to limit greenhouse gas emissions Adoption of renewable energy as a principal source of power Transition in consumer purchasing behavior towards socially and environmentally responsible products Pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain Rising energy costs Accelerating introduction and strengthening of energy-saving regulations targeting products and other measures in countries worldwide
Business risks Transition risk (policies)New burdens in the form of carbon taxes imposed in response to greenhouse gas emissions Transition risk (technologies)Increased cost of introducing renewable energy Transition risk (reputation) Increased capital investment and research costs in order to accommodate pressure from customer companies to reduce greenhouse gases Transition risk (markets)Increased costs due to pressure to adopt environmental measures from climate change-conscious customers Transition risk (markets)Increased cost of production and operations based on conventional energy Transition risk (regulations)Discontinuation of sales or declines in revenue in the event of unsatisfactory environmental measures
Time frame Short to long term Short to medium term Medium to long term Short to medium term Short to long term Short to long term
Business opportunities Resource efficiencyAbility to establish competitive advantages by reducing carbon tax expenditures Products and servicesIncrease in sales of solar power systems to companies looking to convert their energy source Products and servicesGrowth in the number of customer companies as a result of supplying environmentally friendly products MarketsEstablishment of competitive advantages by quickly accommodating customers’ environmental requirements EnergyIncrease in sales of solar power systems to companies looking to convert their energy source ResilienceIncrease in sales opportunities for energy-saving products that will help build a decarbonized society
Principal measures to address risks and opportunities Systematically reducing greenhouse gas emissions by establishing science-based emissions reduction targets Continuing long-term investments in solar power technologies, and expanding the use of solar power in EVs and other applications Requiring the upstream supply chain to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and providing appropriate support Strengthening structures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the organization Pursuing investments in environmental equipment and actively purchasing and using advanced generating equipment for in-house production by introducing carbon pricing structures Standardizing the design of environmentally friendly products by creating a dedicated team to assess changes in environmental regulations in countries worldwide
4°C scenario
SSP5-8.5
Analysis results Worldwide decarbonization initiatives make only slow progress in advanced nations, and none at all in developing nations. Extreme weather events occur frequently worldwide. Global average sea level is anticipated to rise by at least 1 meter, and urban infrastructure and distribution systems experience striking declines in efficiency due to the effects of environmental change.
Climate change drivers Frequent flooding and reduced water consumption due to factors including melting of glaciers Increased human heat-related morbidity and mortality due to extreme weather in many areas Instability of logistics networks as infrastructure is damaged by rising sea levels
Business risks Physical risk (acute)Halts in the operation of factories due to drought or flooding Physical risk (acute/chronic)Halts in the operation of factories as developments impact employee health Physical risk (chronic)Increase in operating costs due to delays in production recovery and delivery caused by interruptions in the supply of parts from suppliers
Time frame Medium to long term Short to medium term Medium to long term
Business opportunities Products and servicesIncrease in sales opportunities for products with water-saving features Products and servicesIncrease in demand for air-conditioning equipment as a result of global warming ResilienceEstablishment of competitive advantages through pursuit of supply chain resilience
Principal measures to address risks and opportunities Introducing water recycling systems at factories and developing products with water-saving features Implementing measures based on the Rules of Business Risk Management Formulating, maintaining, and improving the Sharp Group Business Continuity Plan

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Based on the GHG Protocol Initiative

Sharp calculates greenhouse gas emissions based on the GHG Protocol*1 and then works to limit those emissions resulting from customer use of Sharp products and from Sharp’s business activities, including those in the supply chain.

  • *1 The GHG Protocol is an international standard for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was jointly established by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of the world’s leading companies, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a United States-based think tank.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Scope 1/2/3 Categories Based on the GHG Protocol Initiative (Fiscal 2021)

Category Emissions
(Thousand Tons CO2)
Notes
Scope 1 (direct GHG emissions from business activities) 279 Emissions from combustion of fuel, etc.
Scope 2 (indirect GHG emissions from energy usage in business activities) 706 Emissions from the use of electricity
Total of Scope 1 and Scope 2 985
Scope 3 (indirect GHG emissions from outside the scope of business activities) 1.Purchased goods and services 3,559 Emissions from the manufacture of materials procured for products in the 8 major categories*2 that the Sharp Group sold in the reporting year
2.Capital goods 141 Emissions from the construction, manufacture, and transportation of Sharp Group capital goods (such as equipment, machinery, buildings, facilities, and vehicles)
3.Fuel- and energy-related activities (not included in Scope 1 or 2) 157 Emissions from the procurement of fuels (natural resource extraction, manufacture, and transportation) consumed in the generation of electricity and heat the Sharp Group procures from other companies
4.Upstream transportation and distribution 215 Emissions from the transportation of Sharp Group parts and materials and products manufactured
5.Waste generated in operations 2 Emissions from waste disposal and treatment by the Sharp Group
6.Business travel 2 Emissions from business travel by all employees of Sharp Corporation
7.Employee commuting 5 Emissions from commuting by all employees of Sharp Corporation
8.Upstream leased assets Included in Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions
9.Downstream transportation and distribution 33 Emissions from the transportation (from retailers to end consumers) of products in the 8 major categories*2 that the Sharp Group sold in the reporting year
10.Processing of sold products 265 Emissions from processing at destination of Sharp Group products
11.Use of sold products 28,010 Emissions*3 from the use of products in the 8 major categories*2 that the Sharp Group sold in the reporting year
12.End-of-life treatment of sold products 3 Emissions from recycling 4 types of appliances*4 that Sharp Corporation sold in Japan
13.Downstream leased assets Not applicable
14.Franchises Not applicable
15.Investments Not applicable
Scope 3 total 32,392
Scope 1 + 2 +3 total 33,377
  • *2 Flat-panel TV, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, air purifiers, microwave ovens, copiers/MFPs, solar cells
  • *3 Annual power consumption of each product × number of units sold × product life × CO2 emission coefficient
  • *4 TVs (CRT TVs, flat-panel TVs), air conditioners, refrigerators/freezers, washing machines/dryers

Curbing Business Activity-Linked Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fiscal 2021 Objectives Fiscal 2021 Achievements Self-Evaluation Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2025
  • Energy intensity: Improve by 25%
    (baseline year: fiscal 2012)
  • Improved by 17%
    (baseline year: fiscal 2012)
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16.8%*1
  • Self-evaluation: ★★★ Achieved more than targeted / ★★ Achieved as targeted / ★ Achieved to some extent

Sharp Group Activities to Control Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Under SHARP Eco Vision 2050—our long-term environmental vision—Sharp is aiming to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions in its business activities. The Sharp Group’s GHG emissions from business activities in fiscal 2021 increased by 3.6% to 985,000 tons CO2 compared to the previous fiscal year. This increase was due to the launch of full-scale operations at newly acquired production sites, among other factors. The improvement rate of energy intensity remained at 17%, compared to the baseline year of fiscal 2012.

Each Sharp production base is strengthening efforts involving all equipment and systems—ranging from production lines to utility systems for supplying electricity, gas, and water—to boost energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. In particular, at the LCD and electronic component plants, the production, engineering, and environmental departments work together to reduce consumption of base-load energy. Efforts include installing inverters*2 and optimizing the air conditioning in clean rooms*3.
Going forward, Sharp will aggressively aim to achieve its new medium-term environmental goals by installing solar power systems in our plants and other sites, introducing factory energy management systems, streamlining production lines, and installing energy-saving equipment.

  • *1 Compared with fiscal 2021. Includes emissions from fiscal 2021 onwards from Sakai Display Products Corporation, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation in June 2022.
  • *2 A device to control the number of motor rotations.
  • *3 A room where the temperature, humidity, and cleanliness are kept at controlled levels.

Amount of GHG Emissions

  • *4 HFCs, PFCs, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3)

Energy Intensity (Baseline Year: Fiscal 2012)

GHG Emissions by Region (Fiscal 2021)

Case Study

Plasmacluster Refrigerator Wins ECCJ Chairman’s Prize at 2021 Energy Conservation Grand Prize

Sharp’s Plasmacluster refrigerator was awarded the ECCJ Chairman’s Prize in the Products and Business Models category of Japan’s 2021 Energy Conservation Grand Prize program.

Organized by the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) and supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), this awards program recognizes outstanding energy conservation practices in Japan’s industrial, business, and transportation sectors, while also recognizing advanced, highly energy-efficient products.

The Plasmacluster refrigerator boasts a narrow depth yet a large interior capacity. It employs a new cabinet whose vacuum insulation covers the maximum area of the interior and gives it one of the narrowest depths and highest space efficiencies in the industry*1. And with technologies such as Sharp’s proprietary 3-way valve, the highly efficient cooling system offers 37% greater energy efficiency*2 than Sharp’s previous model and meets standards under the 2021 Energy Conservation Act*3. This Plasmacluster refrigerator thus achieves the long-difficult goal of a large capacity in a compact space and greater energy efficiency. It also incorporates Sharp’s proprietary AIoT*4 functions and Plasmacluster technology to keep food fresher longer and reduce the amount of food wasted. In addition, the design is environmentally friendly thanks to switching to using recyclable metal for the doors instead of difficult-to-recycle glass. These benefits earned the refrigerator high praise and the ECCJ Chairman’s Prize.

  • *1 As of May 2022. For household freezer/refrigerators (451 to 500 liter class capacity) for the Japanese domestic market.
  • *2 Compared to the 2019 model SJ-F462E (420 kWh/year). (Measurement method for annual power consumption stipulated in JIS C 9801-3 : 2015.)
  • *3 2021 energy efficiency standard achievement rate.
  • *4 AIoT is a word coined by Sharp, combining the words AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT(Internet of things).
    AIoT is a vision for making products and services more integral to people’s lives by connecting them via the cloud using AI. AIoT is a registered trademark of Sharp.

From left: SJ-MF46H-H (dark metal)/-S (light metal)
SJ-MW46H-H (dark metal)/-S (light metal)

Energy Conservation Grand prize logo

Product Life Cycle Assessment

Identifying and Reducing Environmental Impacts throughout the Life of Products

Sharp performs a life cycle*1 assessment (LCA) on its products to identify their impact on the environment throughout their service life and uses the results in product planning and development.

Consumer electronics generally have a large impact on the environment during use. Thus, by focusing on improving their energy savings, overall environmental impact can be effectively reduced. A decrease in the environmental impact of 8K*2 LCD TVs was achieved by improving energy efficiency and reducing the products’ weight.

LCA Data for 8K LCD TVs

  • *1 The life of a product from materials and parts procurement to manufacture, distribution, use, disposal, and recycling.
  • *2 Ultra-high-definition, next-generation video standard with a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels (33.18 million pixels)—16 times the resolution of current 2K full high-definition broadcasts (1,920 x 1,080 pixels; 2.07 million pixels) and four times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels; 8.29 million pixels).
  • *3 CO2 emissions during use are calculated using a CO2 emission coefficient (adjusted) announced by Japan’s Electric Power Council for a Low Carbon Society (ELCS).

Utilizing Renewable Energy

Sharp has introduced the use of PV systems, green power, and other power sources to its domestic and overseas production bases and is advancing the use of renewables to do its part to create a decarbonized society. In fiscal 2021, Sharp generated 4.82 million kWh of electricity and purchased 3.45 million kWh of green power. This is equivalent to the annual energy consumption amount*4 of roughly 2,800 average households in Japan. Sharp will continue to expand the use of renewable energy sources.

  • *4 Calculated from data from the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

Business Risks Facing Sharp

Solar power systems installed on the roofs of Sharp production bases (left: Kameyama Plant; right: NSEC in China)

Case Study

Spreading the Use of Renewable Energy in Thailand

Sharp Energy Solutions Corporation (SESJ)*1 installed a roof-mounted solar power system at a plant of one of Thailand’s major tire manufacturers, the Deestone Group*2. With an output of approximately 4.99 MW-dc, it is one of the largest capacity*3 plant rooftop solar power installations that SESJ has built in Thailand.

The new solar power system was installed on the rooftop of a passenger vehicle tire plant of Svizz-One Corporation Ltd.*4, a manufacturing base of the Deestone Group located in Nakhon Pathom Province, central Thailand. SESJ handled the engineering, procurement, and construction of the system. The system’s annual power generation capacity is estimated to be approximately 7,293 MWh. Using all of that generated electricity at the plant will equate to a reduction in greenhouse gases of roughly 2,326 t-CO2/year.

SESJ remains committed to spreading the use of renewable energy around the world.

  • *1 SESJ is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, specializing in energy solutions such as the sales of PV systems and the installation of electrical equipment.
  • *2 A major Thai-owned tire manufacturer based in Thailand.
  • *3 As of May 31, 2021.
  • *4 Svizz-One manufactures radial tires for the Deestone Group.

Solar power systems installed on the roofs of the plant

Case Study

COCORO POWER, a Flat-Rate PPA*1 Service for New Homes (in Japan)

Sharp Energy Solutions Corporation (SESJ)*2 teamed up with TRENDE Inc.*3 in a collaboration*4 to offer COCORO POWER, a flat-rate PPA service for new homes using a solar power system and storage battery. Customers can choose either the Solar Plan, in which a solar power system is installed, or the Solar Storage Plan, in which both a solar power system and storage battery are installed.

Under the Solar Plan, a solar power system is installed on the home’s rooftop at no initial cost to the customer, who can use the electricity generated. At night or other times when the system is generating only a little or no power, electricity is supplied by the grid. The monthly electricity bill is fixed and the customer can use as much power as is needed from the solar power system (but they cannot use the power to charge a private storage battery*5). The fixed cost includes the basic fee for grid electricity and the electricity cost covering usage up to 140 kWh/month*6. This plan is recommended*7 for households that use a lot of electricity in the daytime. After 10 years from the starting date, the customer receives the solar power system free of charge.

In the Solar Storage Plan, a solar power system and storage battery are installed at no initial cost to the customer. Electricity generated in the daytime is stored in the battery for use at night and other times. Sharp’s COCORO ENERGY cloud HEMS service automatically and intelligently controls the charge and discharge of the storage battery so the customer can consume electricity efficiently. After 14 years from the starting date, the customer receives the solar power system and storage battery free of charge.

Besides being able to use renewable energy generated by the solar power system, in case of a power outage, customers can use the electricity generated to power things like lighting, TVs, refrigerators, and electric kettles.

  • *1 Power Purchase Agreement model. Also called TPO (third-party ownership) model.
  • *2 A Sharp Corporation subsidiary specializing in energy solutions such as the sales of PV systems and the installation of electrical equipment.
  • *3 Active in businesses including retail electricity, TRENDE develops retail electricity platforms that predict customer demand by utilizing AI.
  • *4 SESJ installs, owns, and operates the equipment. TRENDE handles the retail sale of electricity.
  • *5 Customers cannot use the electricity generated to charge storage batteries that they own themselves.
  • *6 If usage exceeds 140 kWh/month, users are charged extra.
  • *7 Note that depending on electricity usage, the monthly electricity bill with this service may be higher than without it.

Solar Plan image

Reducing Logistics-Related Environmental Impact

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Logistics in Japan

Sharp observes a rule set forth in the Japanese Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act) that requires specified shippers to reduce energy intensity by 1% or greater per year. All Sharp Group companies in Japan are working to reduce the environmental impact and costs associated with logistics.

In fiscal 2021, Sharp Group greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping activities in Japan were up 7% from the previous fiscal year to 15,000 tons CO2. For Sharp Corporation, energy intensity was improved by an average of 4.7% for the most recent five years (fiscal 2017 to 2021). Sharp is steadily implementing a modal shift*1, a change from conventional trucking to more environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as shipping (non-international coastal trading vessels) and rail (Japan Railways containers). And, by unloading imported goods at harbors chosen for their proximity to their main sales locations, Sharp is reducing re-transport between distribution centers. These efforts enable Sharp to reduce the environmental impact of its distribution activities. For shipments, Sharp has been certified with an Eco Rail Mark*2 by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism and the Railway Freight Association.

  • *1 To shift freight transport from conventional trucking to more environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as rail and shipping.
  • *2 Products or companies that use a certain amount of rail transport for freight are given Eco Rail Mark certification. The mark is used on items such as product packaging and brochures to inform the public that a company uses environmentally friendly modes of transport.

GHG Emissions from Freight Shipments (Japan)

Eco Rail Mark certification

Reducing the Environmental Impact of International Logistics

Sharp has a wide range of initiatives to reduce the amount of GHGs that are emitted as a result of international shipping. The company is reducing airfreight volume as it switches to environmentally friendly modes of transport, and it is also improving load efficiency. Further, it is reviewing shipping routes and switching to harbors that are closer to the final destinations for products. Sharp is also switching to suppliers located closer to its factories. In fiscal 2021, Sharp’s GHG emissions from international transport were 152 thousand tons CO2.