CSR / Environment
SHARP Eco Vision 2050 Long-Term Environmental Vision
From “Increasing Green Shared Value” to SHARP Eco Vision 2050
Based on “Increasing green shared value,” the environmental policy Sharp established in fiscal 2013, Sharp has worked toward its environmental target of making the positive impact of its avoidance of GHG emissions—achieved through customer use of energy-creating and energy-saving Sharp products—more than balance out the negative impact of GHG emissions from its business activities across the entire supply chain. In fiscal 2018, Sharp's positive impact (i.e., avoided GHG emissions) was equivalent to 30.012 million tons CO2 and its negative impact (i.e., GHG emissions) was 28.171 million tons CO2. This was the result of Sharp's ability to build an environmental management system in which positive impact can consistently exceed negative impact.
Meanwhile, the world is becoming aware of the need to take on increasingly serious environmental problems, such as climate change, resource depletion, and ocean plastic. This awareness is accelerating global action aimed at solving these social problems; for example, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs*1) and the Paris Agreement*2, a framework for reducing greenhouse gases.
As a global company, Sharp is determined to solve such social problems. Based on its Basic Environmental Policy of “Creating an Environmentally Conscious Company with Sincerity and Creativity”, Sharp has updated its environmental policies and formulated SHARP Eco Vision 2050, a long-term vision with 2050 as the target year. Under this vision, Sharp is taking on the challenge of realizing a sustainable global environment by providing the world with clean energy, while at the same time minimizing the environmental impact caused by greenhouse gases, waste, and other by-products of its business activities.
To this end, Sharp has set goals in three fields of action: climate change, resource recycling, and safety and security. A particularly important goal is in the field of climate change, where based on the 2°C target*3 stipulated in the Paris Agreement, Sharp aims for the long-term decrease of greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to working to protect the environment through business activities such as technological development and the provision of products and services, Sharp is aiming to solve social problems and continuously raise corporate value by deepening ties with stakeholders.
- *1 Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the SDGs are a set of 17 development goals for the world to achieve by 2030 in order for society to realize sustainable development.
- *2 An international framework for the prevention of global warming agreed on at the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), held in Paris in 2015.
- *3 A goal to limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Long-Term Environmental Goals
To bring about SHARP Eco Vision 2050, we have stipulated long-term goals in three fields of action. In pursuing these goals, we will strive to create more clean energy than the total amount of energy consumed in Sharp's entire supply chain, while minimizing the environmental impact of our business activities.
Sharp has up to now striven to use less energy in its business activities and to make products that are increasingly more energy efficient so as to reduce the amount of energy consumed by households and society as a whole.
We began developing solar cells after founder Tokuji Hayakawa said, “All the products we make use electricity. As our company grows, we will need more electricity, so why don't we make electricity ourselves?” Since then, we have spent more than half a century working to spread solar power generation.
It is precisely because Sharp makes products that use electricity that we have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impacts resulting from this electricity use.
By striving to reduce energy consumption and create clean energy, Sharp is taking on the challenge of achieving the following two goals by 2050 and thus realizing a carbon-free society.
Sharp has up to now provided the world with all kinds of value through the creation of new products. At the same time, we have used many finite resources to do so.
Sharp should continue to provide its stakeholders with all kinds of value by making the most efficient use of finite resources around the globe.
By making more efficient use of resources and continuing to offer maximum value with minimal resources, Sharp is taking on the challenge of achieving the following two goals by 2050, and thus realizing a recycling-oriented society and a circular economy.
Safety and Security
Sharp uses various chemicals in production processes in its factories, and the products themselves contain various chemicals. Such chemicals must be strictly managed because some of them can have negative effects on people's health, the natural environment, or ecosystems.
Sharp's business activities must not have a negative effect on people's health, the natural environment, or ecosystems.
As well as complying with current international standards, Sharp has established its own even stricter in-house standards. Under these far-sighted standards, we thoroughly manage relevant chemicals with the goal of eliminating any negative effects that chemicals may have on people's health, the natural environment, or ecosystems.
- * Excludes those not suitable for recycling from an environmental standpoint.