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Sony Pictures Announces New Sustainability Targets
Studio Achieves Zero-Waste Lot Operations, Cuts Overall Carbon Footprint by over 20% and Sets New Target for Reductions by 2020
CULVER CITY, CA (April 16, 2013) - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced its new environmental goals targeted for completion in 2020. This second generation of sustainability goals includes additional reductions in operational carbon emissions by 15%; achieving sustainable status on film and TV productions; promoting the transition from physical to digital production and distribution; and using the studio's global reach to raise environmental awareness and inspire sustainable practices among employees and beyond.
The studio has already become a zero waste lot (in 2011), cut overall carbon emissions more than 20% from 2006 levels, and achieved its first wave of environmental goals, set in 2008 when the studio launched the "Sony Pictures A Greener World" initiative.
"Sony Pictures has made incredible progress in creating a more sustainable organization, across every part of the company from production to distribution, which is not only beneficial to our bottom line but increasingly valuable to our global employee population, our partners and customers around the world," said Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
"Through our environmental sustainability efforts, we have an opportunity to make a real, positive difference to the business and, ultimately, to the world, and maybe inspire some people along the way," added Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.
Highlights of Sony Pictures' environmental sustainability efforts include:
- -Sony Pictures Studios is Hollywood's first zero waste studio lot through efforts such as waste diversion, lighting replacement, landscape changes and new office construction to LEED Certified Gold green building standards. The studio also requests that film and TV productions follow green practices during filming, such as for example, planting a tree for each day of shooting and reporting carbon emissions using an industry-standard calculator.
- -Through a DVD packaging redesign, and other efforts to improve its supply chain, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment eliminated 22% of carbon emissions in DVD packaging and earned the top sustainability ranking by Wal-mart in the packaged media category. Looking ahead, the studio will encourage consumers to acquire films digitally, which may further reduce emissions by as much as over 75%.
- -Through Sony Pictures Television, which manages the studio's worldwide programming and networks, the company provides air time to raise public awareness about environmental issues. With this new set of sustainability goals, Sony Pictures is growing these efforts to include on-air and online marketing to raise awareness and inspire action.
- -For employees, Sony Pictures launched two eco-incentive programs for the purchase of fuel efficient vehicles and home solar installation. To date, over 260 vehicles have been purchased and 55 employees have installed solar on their homes, saving over 200,000 gallons of gasoline and generating 563 mega-watt hours of clean energy.
In 2001, Sony Pictures Entertainment was certified ISO14000, which is the environmental management standard defined by the International Organization for Standardization (http://www.iso.org/iso/about.htm). The ISO 14000 reinforces sound environmental practices by requiring certified companies to have programs and procedures in place that support recycling efforts, hazardous waste management, and natural resource conservation. Sony Pictures was recertified to the updated ISO14001 standard in 2005, has maintained it each year since, and expanded certification to an additional six sites worldwide. To date, it remains the first and only major US studio certified to this standard of environmental practice.
For more information on Sony Pictures A Greener World, visit www.sonypictures.com/green.
Sony Pictures' efforts contribute toward Road to Zero, Sony Corporation's global environmental plan, which aims to achieve a zero environmental footprint throughout the lifecycle of the Company's products and business activities by the year 2050. Sony Corporation recognizes the importance of preserving the natural environment for future generations, thereby ensuring a healthy and sustainable planet for all. For more information on Sony Corporation's environmental efforts, visit www.sony.net/eco.
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