Our Recognition of Urgent Challenges
in View of Global Warming
World Trends Surrounding Global Warming
The Paris Agreement came into effect in 2016 with the long-term goal of keeping the global average temperature rise well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels, aiming to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions during the second half of this century. Also, one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into effect in the same year, is to implement climate change measures. Japan, under the “Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures” approved in a Cabinet meeting in 2016, has set a mid-term goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 26% from FY2013 levels by FY2030 , as well as emissions reduction targets for individual sectors (industry, business, household, transportation and energy conversion) by 2030, toward achieving that goal.
In accordance with these domestic and international trends, industries and com- panies in Japan are working to prevent global warming on a society-wide as well as a global level in cooperation with various sectors.
Missions of Electrical and Electronics (EE) Industries
Providing a wide range of products and services to all sectors
Japanese EE industries supply a variety of products and services (appliances, devices, solutions, etc.) to many sectors, including industrial, business, household, transportation and energy conversion sectors. With such characteristics in mind, we aim to contribute to the prevention of global warming, while having our sights set on the entire value chain.
Contribution throughout the value chain
Japanese EE industries have continued to implement energy-saving measures in the production stage and have strived to manufacture products in an energy-ef- cient manner while showing an increasing trend in investment amount per CO2 reduction amount.（Fig. 1）
On the other hand, comparison of CO2 emissions at each stage in the life cycle of products shows that some products such as household appliances and industrial equipment, in particular, tend to generate more CO2 emissions in a product usage than production stage.（Fig. 2）
Therefore, we will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the entire value chain by improving the energy ef ciency of appliances and devices, advancing the development of IT/IoT solutions enabling more ef cient energy usage, and spread- ing these improvements and development throughout society.（Fig. 3）
Fig. 1 Results of amount of investment in energy savings and cumulative
energy savings(CO2 emission reduction)
Fig. 2 Comparison of CO2 emissions in a life cycle (e.g. refrigerators)
Source：The Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association
Fig. 3 Sectorial analysis of CO2 emissions (FY2016) and contribution by EE
industries to sectors
Source：Created by Liaison Group of Japanese Electrical and Electronics Industries for Global Warming Prevention based on "Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data in FY2016 (Final Figures)" by Greenhouse Gas Inventory Of fice of Japan, National Inst itute for Env i ronmental Studies, and "Commitment to a Low Carbon Society FY 2017 Follow-up Results (Performance in FY2016)" by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
Electrical and Electronics Industries’ “Action Plan for Commitment to a Low Carbon Society”
(Reduction of Energy-oriented CO2 Emissions)
Japanese EE industries have participated in the Action Plan for Commitment to a Low Carbon Society※1 formulated by Keidanren toward 2020, and are aiming to improve energy efficiency of production processes by 1% annually on average.
Also, for the purpose of contributing to CO2 emission reductions in society through products and services, we have developed guidelines for quantifying CO2 emission reductions and disclose the results of the whole industry annually.
Furthermore, we have formulated Phase Ⅱ※2 of the Action Plan for Commitment to a Low Carbon Society, and continue to make efforts toward achieving targets for 2030. (Figs. 4, 5 and 6)
We also support and participate in industry initiatives for quantifying contribution to avoided emissions, through the global value chain promoted by the Japanese government.
- In December 2009, Keidanren declared the establishment and promotion of a plan for a new voluntary initiative with targets for 2020, called the "Commitment to a Low Carbon Society". Keidanren requested the participating industries to publicly announce and pursue a set of voluntary initiatives in line with the following four pillars in the interest of fostering the development of a global-scale low-carbon society: a) establishment of CO2 emission reduction targets for domestic business operations up to the year 2020; b) promotion of CO2 emission reductions through product and service life cycles; c) promotion of international cooperation and contributions; and d) promotion of mid-to-long term innovative technological development that contributes to the achievement of a low-carbon society. As of January 2013, 36 types of industries, including the EE industries, had announced their participation in the Commitment to a Low-Carbon Society.
- In April 2015, Keidanren announced the establishment of Phase II of the Commitment to a Low Carbon Society as part of further efforts by the Japanese business community for 2030.
http://www.keidanren.or.jp/policy/2015/031.html (Japanese text only)
Fig. 4 Outline of EE industries' "Action Plan for Commitment to a Low Carbon Society"
Fig. 5 Improvement target of energy efficiency in production processes
Fig. 6 Calculation methods for the amount of emission reductions
Initiatives for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Other than Energy-oriented CO2
Japanese EE industries are working on the reduction of not only energy-oriented CO2 but also other various greenhouse gases.
For example, greenhouse gases (HFC, PFC, SF6, NF3, etc.) are used in the manufacturing process of semiconductors and liquid crystal displays, for cleaning agents and solvents※3 of electronic components, and for electrically insulating gases for power equipment. We have set voluntary emission reduction targets for each product area and are aiming to achieve them.（Fig. 7）
- Due to being volatile, cleaning agents and solvents are included in greenhouse gases.
Fig. 7 Changes in the amount of PFC emissions (CO2 equivalent)
in the semiconductor field
Source：Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association