The industrial sector accounts for approximately half of global energy use and produces approximately 1.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.i,ii Manufacturers can help manage their energy consumption and associated costs as well as environmental impacts by improving the efficiency of their facilities and production processes.
Panasonic Healthcare is a leading provider of diabetes monitoring systems, specialized laboratory equipment, and clinical healthcare IT systems in Japan and worldwide. Panasonic Healthcare is focused on improving the energy efficiency of its facilities and has been tracking the results of these efforts.
In 2015, Panasonic Healthcare measured and managed energy consumption in its Japanese facilities against a 2012 performance baseline. To improve energy efficiency, the company:
- Replaced existing vacuum pumps with pumps that have inverter control.
- Replaced equipment such as compressors, air conditioners, and power receiving equipment with more energy efficient units.
- Reduced power consumption by addressing air leakage.
- Transitioned from water-cooled to air-cooled air conditioning technology.
In absolute terms, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from facilities decreased approximately 17 percent compared to a 2012 baseline, while efficiency has improved approximately 14 percent (GHG/revenue) during the same period. This efficiency improvement has helped Panasonic Healthcare to avoid more than $1 million in costs, or almost JPY 124.1 million, and an estimated 3,600 metric tons of GHG emissions since 2012.
|GHG Efficiency (2011 Baseline)|
|Avoided GHGs (metric tons)||840||250||2,500||3,600|