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Panasonic commits to protecting environment

Released at: 16:44, 08/12/2015

Panasonic commits to protecting environment

Electronics giant to work with Vietnam Environment Administration on programs for environmental and sustainable development.

by Le Diem

Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Panasonic Vietnam have signed a partnership agreement on various environmental activities following the government’s policies to socialize environmental protection and the National Strategy on Environmental Protection to 2020 and Vision to 2030.

The strategic partnership emphasizes mutual commitments from both parties to contribute to environmental and sustainable development in Vietnam.

It will further strengthen and enhance the cooperation between the VEA and Panasonic Vietnam over the implementation of sustainable and long-term programs of national scale, according to Mr. Nguyen Van Tai, Director General of the VEA. “We support Panasonic Vietnam’s continual efforts in developing sustainable manufacturing and business activities, especially to achieve the ‘Vietnam Green Label’ standard for all products.”

Panasonic’s eco learning is within a global environmental education program of then Panasonic Corporation and has been implemented in Vietnam since 2011. So far over 15,000 students from hundreds of schools around the country have joined in interactive lessons and eco workshops conducted by Panasonic employees on significant environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and renewable energy.

The strategic partnership with VEA will help to bring such classes to more students in urban and rural areas. In 2016 over 1,000 students in five cities and provinces will have the chance to join in the fun classes at their school.

The company has also cooperated with the VEA since 2012 on an annual tree planting program called “Panasonic for a Green Vietnam”, planting over 70,000 trees in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, and Ninh Binh.

In cooperation with local authorities, Panasonic also plans to launch a battery exchange program to promote the use of products without harmful substances, encouraging the practice of replacing environmentally-harmful products with an eco-friendly substitute.

“With these programs we hope to raise awareness in the community on environmental protection, not only in energy saving but also in reducing CO2 emissions,” said Mr. Masahiro Yamamoto, Director of Panasonic Vietnam. He added that the company not only focuses on its business but also people, the country, and social issues, in order to contribute to Vietnam’s sustainable development.

Panasonic aims to be the No. 1 green innovation company in the electronics industry by 2018, its 100th anniversary of foundation, with the environment as central to all its business activities.

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