Welcome!

News Feed Item

Panasonic Asia Pacific Honoured with President's Award for the Environment

Singapore, Oct 1, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Panasonic Asia Pacific has been awarded the President's Award for the Environment, the highest accolade in Singapore for significant contributions to Singapore's efforts in achieving environmental sustainability. The award was received by Mr Yorihisa Shiokawa, Managing Director of Panasonic Asia Pacific, from the President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan, in a ceremony held at The Istana today.

Receiving the award Mr Shiokawa said, "At Panasonic, we believe that companies need to play a bigger role in saving the environment. We are committed to promoting sustainable business and reducing the environmental impact of our operations. In addition, we have implemented several activities to inculcate eco-habits among employees and the public, and to encourage them to take ownership of the world that we live in."

As part of Panasonic's quest to become the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by its 100th Anniversary by 2018, the company has made 'environment' central to all business activities. This approach promotes eco-friendly products and solutions, as well as public eco-awareness programmes. It also leads innovations in green technology, while reducing the environmental impact of Panasonic's business operations. Green Indexes that measure four areas; "contribution in reducing CO2 emissions", "contribution in recycling resources", "size of energy systems business", and "sales ratio of No. 1 eco-conscious products" are set to benchmark the company's green efforts.

The annual 'eco ideas' Declaration maps the success of the sustainability initiatives of Panasonic and its commitment to contribute to a greener society. Panasonic has been able to reduce the environmental impact of its business operations through adopting environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and innovating in the development of its products.

For instance, carbon emissions have been cut by over half a million tonnes versus 'business-as-usual' level* at the end of FY2011 at Panasonic Asia Pacific's regional manufacturing bases. Panasonic has also tripled the ratio of the sales of its eco-friendly products over the last three years. 70% of Panasonic's sales in the region are now contributed by eco products.

Taking a leadership role in the environmental business, Panasonic also shares these green technologies and ideas with local companies at trade events such as the Singapore International Energy Week. More recently, its energy solutions have been adapted for the residential sector. It has started a test-bed project in Punggol Eco-Town, which utilises and integrates its energy creation, storage, saving and management solutions to realise a green lifestyle for local residents. At the World Cities Summit held in July this year, Panasonic marked the establishment of the Panasonic Energy Solutions Development Centre in Singapore to carry out research and development of the energy solutions for the local and regional markets.

Beyond just business, Panasonic Asia Pacific has a dedicated committee, with the support of management, driving the creation and implementation of environmental programmes both within and beyond the organisation. At the Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa Headquarters in Singapore, employees receive compulsory environmental training to inculcate a workplace culture of environmental awareness.

The employees are also actively involved in environmental public outreach activities. In June 2012 Panasonic and NParks embarked on the first-ever mangrove biodiversity monitoring initiative at Pasir Ris Park, carried out by the employees and their families.

In addition, Panasonic believes in the power of youth to effect change and places a strong emphasis on raising environmental awareness among youths. The company partnered the National Environment Agency to implement the Environment Champions (Schools) Industry Module, where primary and secondary school students visited Panasonic 'eco ideas' Factory (model factory) in Singapore to learn more about industrial practices such as waste metal recycling and wastewater treatment process. To further motivate youths, students were also encouraged to implement environmental outreach projects in their schools and community through the 'eco ideas' Challenge.

Mr Shiokawa added, "We hope to nurture more youths into environment champions who can take the lead in driving pro-environment initiatives, and groom future leaders who can promote economic development and environmental sustainability. Everyone can play a part in protecting our environment and no effort is considered small, so start doing your bit for the environment. Take the first step and put your ideas into actions."

* Level of CO2 emissions projected assuming no improvement is made since FY 2005

About Panasonic Asia Pacific

Panasonic Asia Pacific has expanded its operations across the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region from January 2012. The company focuses on delivering comprehensive eco solutions as part of the group's global direction, with its operations spanning across 100 countries with a total of 115 companies. The region has 62 manufacturing sites, which hold as a key hub for Panasonic's global production activities supporting the consumer, solutions and components and devices business. Based in Singapore, Panasonic Asia Pacific headquarters promotes environmental conservation initiatives and encourages the adoption of environment-friendly products through public eco-awareness campaigns designed for each country in the region. Panasonic Asia Pacific also has specific goals to encourage green innovation and reduce its regional carbon dioxide emissions footprint in support of Panasonic's global eco initiatives.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

Source: Panasonic

Contact:
Panasonic Corporation
Global Public Relations Office
Tel: +81-3-3574-5664 
Fax: +81-3-3574-5699

Adrienne Ser, GolinHarris
Tel: +65-8571-6855
Email: [email protected]

Shouvik Prasanna Mukherjee, GolinHarris
Tel: +65-9826-1424
Email: [email protected]




Copyright 2012 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved.

More Stories By ACN Newswire

Copyright 2008 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of ACN Newswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of ACN Newswire. ACN Newswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
JETRO showcased Japan Digital Transformation Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo® at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science" is responsible for guiding the technology strategy within Hitachi Vantara for IoT and Analytics. Bill brings a balanced business-technology approach that focuses on business outcomes to drive data, analytics and technology decisions that underpin an organization's digital transformation strategy.
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...