Nov 12, 2020

Feature Story

Panasonic Costa Rica's Zero-CO2 Factory Driven by Multi-sector Collaboration

Panasonic has been active in Costa Rica for more than 50 years. Now it operates Costa Rica's first factory powered entirely by renewable energy. Thanks to a joint venture with the national government and state-run electric company, Panasonic and the country of Costa Rica are making great strides in reducing their environmental burden to reach their goals of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Costa Rica plans to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and it is already well on its way with 98% of its energy coming from renewable sources.

The ingenuity and passion of local employees at our Panasonic factory have had a big impact on reducing our environmental burden. And the government showed its support for those efforts by supplying 400 solar panels. It's part of a pilot program for public-private sector initiatives to help Costa Rica cover the remaining 2% of energy requirements with renewable sources.

Employees have led the way in making the dry battery factory more efficient through the adoption of LED lighting, the simplification of pneumatic lines, and the elimination of plastic waste.

Initiatives such as these show our dedication to keeping pace with employees to achieve our Panasonic Environment Vision 2050 for a sustainable global environment. And they prove that multi-sector collaboration is the key to achieving these goals.

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