11:39 uur 29-03-2016

Panasonic: meer dan 50.000 zonne-energielampen gedoneerd voor 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Projec

OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Het 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project van Panasonic Corporation is met 50.000 gedoneerde zonne-energielampen (10 maart 2016)  halverwege zijn doelstelling. Het project begon in februari 2013 met een gift van 3.000 eenheden aan Myanmar, gevolgd door donaties aan andere Aziatische en Afrikaanse gebieden zonder toegang tot elektra. Het aantal verstrekte zonne-energielampen bedroeg in het boekjaar 2013 10.000, 14.114 in 2014 en 20.364 in 2015. Dit jaar blijft Panasonic zonne-energielampen doneren. Het bedrijf schonk op 10 maart 702 eenheden aan de Vietnamese provincie Yen Bai. Daarmee overschreed het aantal gedoneerde lampen de grens van 50.000. In de tweede helft van maart doneerde Panasonic 2.400 lampen aan Cambodja en 760 lampen aan Bangladesh. Daarnaast verstrekt Panasonic eind maart lampen in Indonesië, India en de Democratische Republiek Congo. Dit brengt het totale aantal eenheden naar meer dan 60.000.



Panasonic Has Now Donated More Than 50,000 Solar Lanterns under Its “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project”

OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Panasonic Corporation’s “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” has passed its halfway mark with the cumulative number of solar lanterns donated exceeding 50,000 on March 10, 2016. This project began in February 2013 with a donation of 3,000 units to Myanmar, followed by donations to other areas in Asia and Africa without access to electricity. The number of solar lanterns donated was 10,000 for 3 countries in FY2013, 14,114 for 10 countries in FY2014 and 20,364 for 11 countries in FY2015. And in FY2016, Panasonic continued to donate solar lanterns, and on March 10, 2016, 702 units were donated to Yen Bai province in Vietnam. With this, the sum total of solar lanterns donated exceeded 50,000. After this, in mid-March 2016, Panasonic donated 2,400 units to Cambodia and 760 units to Bangladesh. Furthermore, donations to Indonesia, India, and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be made by the end of March 2016, bringing the sum total to more than 60,000 units.

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Panasonic's solar lanterns being used in evening classes in villages without electricity in Cambodia ... Panasonic’s solar lanterns being used in evening classes in villages without electricity in Cambodia (Photo: Panasonic Corporation)

The “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” is one of Panasonic’s corporate citizenship activities (social contribution activities) that utilize “products” it manufactures. More than 1.2 billion people* worldwide still live without access to electricity. Lack of electric lighting severely impacts health, education, income-generation and safety at nighttime. Panasonic hopes to help alleviate the social challenges people in developing and emerging countries living off-grid are facing, and to bring positive change to their lives by donating small lighting devices powered by solar energy. Panasonic has also donated solar lanterns to give relief to communities stricken by large-scale natural disasters or by epidemics.
*Source : International Energy Agency (IEA), World Energy Outlook 2015 .

Panasonic aims to donate 100,000 solar lanterns under this project by 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding. In principle, recipients are non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian and international organizations. So far, 80 organizations in 16 countries have received these solar lanterns.
Reports from these organizations have indicated that these solar lanterns have been put to effective use for various activities including children’s studies, literacy education for adults, safer child delivery and medical treatment, and income-generation, and have helped improve the quality of life of people living in rural, off-grid areas.

Panasonic will further accelerate its efforts under the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project so that it may successfully donate 100,000 units by 2018, its 100th anniversary, and strengthen efforts to contribute to the achievement of “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in September 2015.

Products currently being donated
– Solar Lantern (BG-BL03)
– Solar LED Light (BG-BL04)
Learn more at http://panasonic.net/sustainability/en/lantern/products.html .

Sum total of solar lanterns donated: Total: 53,260 (as of March 25, 2016)

  1. Myanmar: 9,464
  2. Cambodia: 8,914
  3. Vietnam: 1,332
  4. Philippines: 5,814
  5. Indonesia: 2,020
  6. Malaysia: 69
  7. Thailand: 100
  8. India: 14,006
  9. Bangladesh: 760
  10. Kenya: 6,008
  11. Uganda: 100
  12. Burundi: 1,233
  13. Niger: 200
  14. Liberia: 1,240
  15. Guinea: 1,000
  16. Sierra Leone: 1,000

Examples of usage of solar lanterns
Over 50,000 Solar Lanterns Donated! Project Reaches Halfway Point:
The 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project at a glance:
Philippines: Solar Lanterns for Health in Villages without Electricity and Doctors:
Lanterns used in Evening Literacy Classes: Shanti Volunteer Association:
Solar Lanterns and Living in the Area Devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Part 2):

Video: Cut Out the Darkness / Bringing the Gift of a Smile

Related Links
Panasonic’s Sustainability Initiatives:
100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project Homepage:
Facebook @PanasonicSolarLantern:


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