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Panasonic Fulfills 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project in its 100th Anniversary, Bringing Light to Off-grid Communities Globally

Press Release   •   Feb 05, 2018 14:45 +08

A group photo of the Minister of of Public Works and Housing and Guests of Honor at the closing ceremony

30 Jan 2018, Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced the successful completion of its 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, which has brought light to off-grid communities in 30 countries through 131 non-profit and other organizations in the last five years. Since the project’s inception in February 2013, a total of 102,716 solar lanterns have been donated, including 5,004 lanterns given today to Indonesia, which has marked the end of the project.

The project was part of Panasonic’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that make use of its technologies and products in line with the company’s management philosophy since its founding in 1918, that is, to make a contribution to the progress and development of society and the well-being of people through its business activities.

There are estimated 1.1 billion people who live without electricity in emerging and developing countries. Panasonic’s project got started with the aim to help solve social issues stemming from a lack of light in the fields of medicine, education and economy, among others. Panasonic has strived towards the goal of donating a total of 100,000 units of solar lanterns by 2018, its centenary year.

Panasonic’s lanterns, which were brought to communities in cooperation with non-profit, non-governmental and other international organizations, helped alleviate problems and brought about improvements in such areas as education, health and medicine, and women’s independence. The solar lanterns have also contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations to mobilize global efforts to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity.

With the completion of the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, Panasonic now carries on its efforts to deliver more light to people in regions without access to electricity in a new framework. In Japan, Panasonic employees took part in the project through its employee benefit program. In addition to this, to expand the activity beyond the company, Panasonic will begin utilizing crowdfunding this April to enable anyone who shares the spirit of this campaign to participate by pledging a small amount of money .

Ms. Rika Fukuda, General Manager, CSR & Citizenship Group of Panasonic, which led the project, said: “We are very pleased to achieve the 100,000 goal. As a global corporate citizen, we remain committed to helping people living without electricity solve problems, with the aim to build an inclusive society where everyone enjoys life by sharing the joy with each other.” The company will also continue contributing to SDGs through activities that utilize its business, she added.

Summary of activities

Total Number of Solar Lanterns Donated between Feb. 2013 and Jan. 2018

Country Lanterns Country Lanterns Country Lanterns
  • 1.
Bangladesh 1,264
  • 11.
Indonesia 10,084
  • 21.
Nigeria 900
  • 2.
Burundi 1,233
  • 12.
Kenya 6,008
  • 22.
Philippines 12,264
  • 3.
Cambodia 13,516
  • 13.
Laos 144
  • 23.
Rwanda 342
  • 4.
Cameroon 216
  • 14.
Lesotho 180
  • 24.
Sierra Leone 1,288
  • 5.
DR Congo 1,404
  • 15.
Liberia 1,600
  • 25.
South Africa 900
  • 6.
Ethiopia 2,400
  • 16.
Malaysia 69
  • 26.
Swaziland 504
  • 7.
Guinea 1,000
  • 17.
Mauritania 342
  • 27.
Tanzania 816
  • 8.
Guyana 120
  • 18.
Myanmar 14,924
  • 28.
Thailand 394
  • 9.
Haiti 30
  • 19.
Nepal 996
  • 29.
Uganda 100
  • 10.
India 26,646
  • 20.
Niger 200
  • 30.
Vietnam 2,832
Total 102,716

-Major Outcomes of the Project Contributing to the UN’s SDGs

1)“Affordable and clean energy”

Reduced use of kerosene lamps by 37.7% (Myanmar)

2)“Good health and well-being”

2,434 children born in rooms well-lit by lanterns (Myanmar)

3)“Quality education”

100% pass rate in school tests for progressing to next academic level (Myanmar)

4)“Gender equality”

Approximately 40% increase in income due to increased opportunities for women such as working at night (India)

5)“No poverty”

Fuel costs for kerosene lamps are reduced by 50% per month (Cambodia)

-Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals are a set of goals adopted by countries at a special United Nations summit in September 2015 for the period from 2016 to 2030. The SDGs comprise of 17 goals and 169 targets aimed at realizing sustainability, and it is the UN’s intention that no one should be left behind. The SDGs are universal, and require the combined effort from all nations, developing and advanced.

- Further Reading About the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project

▼Panasonic website: http://panasonic.net/sustainability/en/lantern/

▼Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PanasonicSolarLantern

▼You Tube:https://channel.panasonic.com/contents/22774/

(With narration in English and subtitles in English and Indonesian)

▼About the BG-BL03 solar lanterns donated to Indonesia:

  http://panasonic.net/sustainability/en/lantern/products.html

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 495 subsidiaries and 91 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.343 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2017. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global

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