In response to society’s growing concerns about the environment, Panasonic Energy has been taking several proactive sustainability measures for over 35 years now. Read on to discover more.
Back in 1985, Panasonic Energy was among the first to reduce of hazardous battery substances such as lead and mercury. Today, we ensure mercury free alkaline production and avoid lead in batteries altogether.
As an EPBA member, we’ve also actively helped organizing battery waste product collection and recycling. Additionally, Panasonic Energy’s manufacturing plants have the ISO-14001 certification for environmental management for over 20 years now.
As part of the Panasonic Environment Vision for 2050, Panasonic aims for a society with clean energy and a more comfortable lifestyle. By improving energy efficiency at our sites, we endeavor to create more energy than we use by 2050.
Up to 85% of Panasonic Energy products sold in Europe are produced and shipped locally at Belgian and/or Polish plants - enabling shorter transport routes and enhancing waste management and local social working conditions.
Our sites in Belgium and Poland are both sustainable factories:
To pack Panasonic Energy products, we use sustainable materials. Cardboard packs are made out of 90% recycled materials. PET-plastic packages can be recycled, too.
99% of products produced in Europe are packed locally, ensuring shorter transportation routes. Additionally, we’ve optimised our transportation system by reducing void fill and intermodal transport. In turn, this helps reduce our effect on traffic.
Recognizing our responsibility as industrialists, we pledge to bring safe, high quality products on the market.
Fully aware that humankind has a special responsibility to respect and preserve the delicate balance of nature, we pledge ourselves to the prudent, sustainable use of the Earth's resources and the protection of the natural environment both in the production, use and disposal phase of our products.
By pursuing exceptional quality in every step of the production process, Panasonic Energy aims to provide full customer satisfaction. Our fully automated production lines incorporate production facilities independently developed over many years, with a strong emphasis on quality control.
If you are not completely satisfied with a Panasonic Energy product, contact us please:
Panasonic Energy Europe NV
Customer Care Department
1731 Zellik, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 481 11 70
Fax: +32 2 466 76 49
Please be aware that any claim on batteries tends to have 3 possible causes:
Like any other major brand, Panasonic is faced from time to time with counterfeited or look-alike products.
Panasonic has a policy of taking proactive and reactive measures against such illegal trade, and is willing to investigate any suspicious goods found in the European marketplace.
Should you have questions or doubts about certain Panasonic or Panasonic look-alike products of which you believe they may not be original, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Thank you.
Watch this comprehensive 4 minute corporate video, explaining the risks of counterfeit products.
Warranty for chargersPanasonic Energy guarantees offers for its total charger line-up a 5-year warranty against manufacturing or workmanship defaults.
RESPECT POLARITY! Make sure to insert the batteries properly, following the symbols showing you the correct way to position the positive (+) and negative (-) ends of the batteries. Many cases with heating or leaking batteries find their origin in wrong polarity.
Panasonic Energy Europe has contributed to industry guidance for parents and the medical profession to ensure that parents have the necessary information to handle button/coin cells safely and to highlight the steps which medical professionals can take should an incident occur.
Please check buttonbatteryingestion.com for more tips.
Each Panasonic Charger comes with a detailed user manual.
Download the corresponding user manual here.
In the past, Panasonic as a leading manufacturer of batteries has made great efforts to reduce a number of hazardous substances in batteries.
Already in 1985, Panasonic commenced a programme to remove mercury from alkaline batteries, as agreed within the European Portable Battery Industry (EPBA). At that time 1% by weight of mercury was added to these batteries and it was decided that mercury would be reduced in a series of steps to the level where no additions of mercury were made. At that time zinc carbon batteries also contained mercury but at a lower concentration of 0.1% and its removal too was incorporated within the programme. All general purpose batteries sold by EPBA members were mercury free from 1 January 1994. This initiative was undertaken as an entirely voluntary measure by battery producers and at an investment of more than €100 million.
Since 2008, there is European legislation in place which obliges all countries in Europe to ensure the collection and recycling of all batteries. In many of these countries, battery collection systems have been set up by the battery industry itself and Panasonic, as one of the leading battery manufacturers, has been instrumental in this process.
For a non-exhaustive list of battery collection systems in Europe, see http://www.eucobat.eu/about-us/members .
As a result, the amount of batteries collected has increased continuously and significantly in Europe.
In 2015, around 91.000 tonnes of spent batteries were collected in Europe (EEA + Switzerland). This corresponds to a collection rate of 41% of batteries put in the market (POM) across Europe, up from 25% in 2010! (source: EPBA)
Also for battery chargers, which are considered as WEEE (Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment), and for which comparable collection systems have been set up in the various European countries, collection systems are in place to collect and recycle these appliances at end-of-life.
This is only possible through a combined effort by the consumers bringing in their spent batteries and chargers, and industry and authorities ensuring the safe and responsible treatment and recycling of batteries and chargers.
Panasonic Batteries therefore encourages the separate collection of spent Panasonic batteries and chargers: do not throw such products in the dustbin but use the available take-back systems to return them, in order to have them properly recycled.
Indeed, many of the components of these products can be recycled, avoiding the release of hazardous substances to the environment and, in addition, providing valuable materials to important products and production processes in Europe!
Battery and appliance (charger) recycling technologies are widely available throughout Europe and are bound by applicable legal requirements in terms of safety, minimum content to be recycled etc… You will be supporting a cleaner environment when bringing back your products!
Being green is not only about production, packaging and logistics. As part of our Customer Social Responsibility programme (CSR), Panasonic Energy promotes a sustainable mindset among our employees through different measures.