The Japanese company will reduce CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons in 2020, then reach 30 percent by 2030 before going fully renewable in 2040. By 2050, we should expect to see Sony operating with a 'zero environmental footprint.'
Today, Sony has committed to spending the next 22 years. That means converting all its operations to 100 percent renewable electricity sources by the year 2040.
The good news is, Sony's European operations have already achieved 100 percent renewable electricity use, it's just everywhere else Sony is lagging behind . By joining the RE100, an initiative operated by The Climate Group in partnership with the CDP, Sony joins over 140 companies (and counting) around the world pledging a commitment to renewable energy.
To get there, Sony has set out plans to start adopting renewable energy sources. In Thailand and Japan, solar panels will be installed at manufacturing locations. Sony's largest energy consumption at its semiconductor manufacturing sites in Japan. An “intracompany electricity transfer plan” has been created to ensure that energy comes from green sources by seeking out power companies. more renewable and stable energy sources to market. By doing so there should be more choice, more green energy to cater to the growing needs of business, and hopefully a reduction in non-renewable and polluting energy production.
The road to 100 percent renewables by 2040 includes some interim targets. Sony plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons by 2020, with 154,000 tons already being removed since 2016. According to Engadget, the next target after that is 30 percent.
Beyond 2040 Sony is targeting 2050 as its “Road to Zero.” By that the company means all of its operations and products have a “zero environmental footprint.” How exactly it achieves that will be interesting to watch and will surely require quite a bit of offsetting to make up for the energy consumption of its products.