CSR / Environment

Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Self-evaluation: ★★★ Achieved more than targeted / ★★★★ Achieved as targeted / ★ Achieved to some extent
Fiscal 2017 Objectives Fiscal 2017 Achievements Self-Evaluation*
Energy intensity: Improve by 20%
(baseline year: fiscal 2012)
Improved by 18%
(baseline year: fiscal 2012)
Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2018 Energy intensity: Improve by 20%
(baseline year: fiscal 2012)

Sharp Group Activities to Control Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sharp is taking active measures to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from its business activities in an effort to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society. The Sharp Group’s GHG emissions in fiscal 2017 decreased by 6.4% (down 65,000 tons CO2) compared to the previous fiscal year. However, the improvement rate of energy intensity was 18%, compared to the baseline year of fiscal 2012.

Each Sharp plant 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*1 and optimizing the air conditioning in clean rooms*2. Going forward, Sharp will pursue further energy-saving measures and boost production efficiency in line with its business expansion.

  • *1 A device to control the number of motor rotations.
  • *2 A room where the temperature, humidity, and cleanliness are kept at controlled levels.

Amount of GHG Emissions

Energy Intensity (Baseline Year: Fiscal 2012)

  • *3 

    ・For actual results starting in fiscal 2017, the coefficient associated with electricity purchased has been changed to the emission coefficient for each electrical power supplier.

    ・For fiscal 2017 results, the GHG emissions for the entire Sharp Group when applying the same coefficient as fiscal 2016 is 991,000 tons CO2, and CO2 emissions from energy sources is 896,000 tons CO2.

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

GHG Emissions by Region (Fiscal 2017)

Case Study

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Using Renewable Energy (China)

Solar power system installed on the plant roof

NSEC, Sharp’s production base in China, has been operating a 2.2 MW solar power system since October 2017. The amount of power generated by the approximately 8,000 solar modules on the factory roof accounts for about 25% of NSEC’s annual electricity use. This is equivalent to the electricity used by about 560 average homes.*1

Since the enactment of the Paris Agreement*2 in November 2016, countries have been striving to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and the Chinese government in particular has been aggressive in adopting measures to incorporate renewable energy. With NSEC as a model case, Sharp is working to spread the use of renewable energy through solar power systems like this.

  • *1 Based on a 4 kW solar power system for average homes.
  • *2 An international framework for the reduction of greenhouse gases.