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Matsushita group joins green movement in China

Posted: 03 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:environmental conservation? manufacturing? green revolution? green manufacturing?

Panasonic Corp. of China and its parent company Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd have announced their commitment to help optimize local environmental conservation in three key areas of product manufacturing. The announcement was made at the Matsushita Group China Environmental Forum 2007 jointly held with the China-Japan Friendship Association Sept. 26 in Beijing, China.

In the "Declaration of Becoming an Environmentally Contributing Company in China," Panasonic Corp. of China and Matsushita Electric Industrial pledged to become involved in producing products with high environmental performance, alleviating environment impact in manufacturing sites, improving awareness among its employees and promoting ecology-oriented activities.

'China Eco Project'
The Matsushita Group believes that further enhancement of environmental activities in parallel with business activities is a priority issue in China. Recently, the group has started its "China Eco Project," which will continue for three years from this fiscal year. The activity plan and targets of this project are outlined in the Declaration, highlights of which are:

? In the product strategy, all new products to be introduced in and after April 2007 will be certified as Green Products as defined by the group. At the same time, new products in all targeted categories will be eligible for China's environmental labels.

? In the manufacturing process, the major environmental indicators (energy and water consumption, etc.) and 2010 targets as defined in China's 11th Five-Year Plan have been translated into the group's equivalent internal targets. Panasonic aims to achieve these targets by FY 2010 (that is from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010). Moreover, all manufacturing sites will obtain public environmental certification.

? All Matsushita group companies in China will promote environmental conservation activities including a "Declaration of Eco Activities" that will be adopted by the 67,000 employees working in 74 companies in China, and the "CO2 Reduction Eco Challenge by 100,000 Employees" jointly promoted by Japan and China.

The company has also signed the joint declaration document of the "Yellow Sea Eco-region Support Project" with the World Wildlife Fund and the Korea Ocean R&D Institute.

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