Sharp places the fulfillment of society's needs regarding environmental matters in close alignment with its strategy for business growth, with a view to achieving success in both areas. Sharp defines the value thus created as "Green Shared Value" and it has established an environmental policy of increasing this value.
In an effort to foster a low-carbon society—a key environmental goal for all—Sharp is controlling its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in conformity with the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard. This covers emissions not only in product manufacture, where reduction of GHG emissions is required by law, but also throughout the entire supply chain, from materials procurement to product use.
With a view to increasing Green Shared Value, Sharp is furthering its environmental initiatives by striving always to make 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.
Achievements for Fiscal 2014
In fiscal 2014, Sharp's positive impact (i.e., avoided GHG emissions) was equivalent to 27 million tons CO2, down 10% from the previous fiscal year. This was due to such factors as a decrease in shipments of solar power systems. Meanwhile, the company's negative impact (i.e., GHG emissions) decreased by 15% from the previous fiscal year to 17 million tons CO2. This was due to such factors as Sharp's development of a number of products with superb energy efficiency, such as large-screen LCD TVs.
As a result, the GSV index (the ratio of positive impact to negative impact) increased to 1.6 (i.e., 27 million tons CO2 divided by 17 million tons CO2).
For fiscal 2015 and beyond, Sharp will aim to increase Green Shared Value by growing its business while contributing to GHG reductions. It will do this by reducing GHG emissions across the entire supply chain, by developing more energy-saving products, and by expanding the use of solar power systems.