CARBON NEUTRAL 2030 Toward virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions CARBON NEUTRAL 2030 Toward virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions

SoftBank is striving to achieve virtually
zero greenhouse gas emissions
by 2030 under "Carbon-neutral 2030"
by switching the power used for business
activities to virtual renewable energy
and utilizing cutting-edge technologies
for energy conservation.

We consider the achievement
of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
as an important management issue
and has identified six materiality areas
(priority issues)
that must be addressed to
realize a sustainable society.
"Contributing to the global environment
with the power of technology"
has been raised as one such issue,
and the achievement of carbon neutrality
is an important activity
to promote this initiative.

7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY 7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH 8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES 11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION 12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
13 CLIMATE ACTION 13 CLIMATE ACTION

Utilization of renewable energy

Replacing the power
used
by base stations
with renewable energy

The annual volume of greenhouse gas emissions due to our business activities is equivalent to approximately 680,000 tons of CO2 (actual results for FY 2019), which is comparable to roughly 250,000 average households. Within those emission figures, more than half of the electrical power used by the mobile communication business, which is our main line of business, is used by approximately 230,000 mobile telephone base stations (hereinafter, "base stations"). In order to reduce greenhouse gases, we are promoting a transition to electricity*1 sourced from virtual renewable energy provided by our subsidiary SB Energy Corp. and achieved a level of 30% virtual renewable energy in base station power consumption in FY 2020. We are gradually transitioning to a level of 50% or more in FY 2021 and 70% or more in FY 2022 for the use of virtual renewable energy in base station power consumption.
Moreover, we are also promoting a sequential transition to virtual renewable energy for power consumption by non-base station facilities and equipment to reduce greenhouse gases.

In addition, SB Energy Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. that generates electricity from renewable sources, generates electric power at 45 locations including the "Tochigimotegi Solar Park." In order to further utilize renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gases, we are considering the direct procurement of electrical power generated by SB Energy Corp.

[Note]

  • *1 Electricity which is essentially 100% renewable energy utilizing non-fossil certificates that specify renewable energy.
Replacing the power used by base stations with renewable energy Replacing the power used by base stations with renewable energy
Tochigimotegi Solar Park (SB Energy Corp.) Tochigimotegi Solar Park (SB Energy Corp.)
Tochigimotegi Solar Park (SB Energy Corp.)

Energy-saving measures utilizing cutting-edge technologies

Power efficiency utilizing
AI, IoT, etc.

It is said that the impact on the global environment can be predicted by utilizing AI, IoT, big data, and other cutting-edge technologies to analyze the massive amount of environmental data through AI learning features. In order to become able to implement various countermeasures based on those predictions, the world's attention is focused on the application of cutting-edge technologies to environmental problems.
We are striving to maximally utilize cutting-edge technologies and synergies between group companies to achieve power efficiency in our facilities and equipment and implement measures to reduce the environmental load.

Power efficiency utilizing AI, IoT, etc. Power efficiency utilizing AI, IoT, etc.

Reducing the environmental load through the development of next-generation batteries

We are striving to reduce the environmental load through research and development aimed at the development and practical application of next-generation batteries. Power consumption is increasing through the evolution of devices, which is leading to an increase in CO2 emissions. Increasing the capacity and energy density of batteries equipped in devices can enhance the performance and efficiency of devices and equipment and reduce the load on the environment.
Moreover, the "SoftBank Next-generation Battery Lab" was established in June 2021. The lab evaluates and tests various next-generation batteries from around the world, and aims to become a platform for accelerating the development of next-generation batteries by driving research and development and practical application at an early stage.

Battery prototypes using core technologies jointly developed by SoftBank and Enpower Greentech Battery prototypes using core technologies jointly developed by SoftBank and Enpower Greentech
Battery prototypes using core technologies jointly developed by SoftBank and Enpower Greentech
SoftBank Next-generation Battery Lab SoftBank Next-generation Battery Lab
SoftBank Next-generation Battery Lab

Realizing a communications infrastructure
with a low environmental load

Our subsidiary HAPSMobile Inc. built the "HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station)" system, which provides a communications network from the sky, and developed an unmanned aircraft called the "Sunglider" that can continue to fly in the stratosphere. SoftBank aims to realize infrastructure with a low environmental load by providing stable flight and communication services through the development of solar power generation and storage technologies.

SoftBank Corp. Develops Aircraft That Delivers Telecommunications Connectivity from the Stratosphere

Stratospheric communication platform HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station) Stratospheric communication platform HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station)
Stratospheric communication platform HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station)

Environmental data

We collect and publicize data on energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the appropriate manner.

Energy consumption

Our greenhouse gas reduction
targets
have been certified by the
"SBT (Science Based Targets)"
international climate
change initiative

Press Release

What does "carbon neutrality" mean?

"Carbon neutrality" means achieving net zero emissions of greenhouse gases emitted through human activity by absorbing or removing them through human activity. As climate change is becoming a worldwide issue, the Japanese government has declared that it will become carbon neutral by 2050. The greenhouse gas reduction is a topic that not only countries and local governments but also companies and individuals should pursue. Companies around the world are paying attention to carbon neutrality and starting to work on it.
Furthermore, the Carbon-neutral 2030 that we aim to achieve refers to an initiative to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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Environmental initiatives Environmental initiatives

Environmental initiatives

In order to pass on a more abundant planet to the next generation, we are using advanced technologies to utilize new forms of energy and engage in environmental preservation.

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Sustainability initiatives Sustainability initiatives

Sustainability initiatives

We solve various social issues through our corporate activities and businesses to realize a sustainable society that connects all things, information, and minds.

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