Environment

Global Warming Preventive Measures

The KOKUYO Group strengthens activities to ease global warming (measures for the reduction and absorption of CO2 emissions) with a view to achieve a low carbon society.

Global Warming Preventive Measures

Summary for 2019

The CO2 emissions of consolidated subsidiaries in Japan*1, KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd., and Heartland Co., Ltd. in 2019 totaled 26,419 tons. It was decreased by 2,360 tons from the previous year, achieving the goals with a reduction of 8.2%. Of the 2,360 tons, 2,020 tons were due to the change of the emission coefficients*2. Based on estimates, there was a reduction in CO2 emissions of 531 tons through operational improvements and 147 tons through equipment improvements. However, manufacturing operations and the closing and consolidating of facilities raised emissions by 338 tons. As a result, the reduction in total was 340 tons. The status by department is as follows.

Measures Taken at Offices

Offices lowered CO2 emissions by 519 tons (105 tons after excluding the amount that was due to the change of the emission coefficients) over the previous year. There was an increase of 55 tons compared to the previous year due to an increase in stores of Actus Co., Ltd. and other factors. However, we made June our KOKUYO Environmental Month, and conducted a “light down” campaign. We also reviewed the operation of air-conditioning systems as well as our working styles, promoted activities such as no-overtime days and early go-home, and encouraged the use of public transportation for sales activities so as to cut gasoline consumption as well as other activities. This resulted in a reduction of 134 tons. Switching to LED lights and other means resulted in a further reduction of 25 tons. Furthermore, in 2019, the previous cool biz and warm biz campaigns were combined into a smart biz campaign that was in effect all year long.

Measures Taken at Factories

At factories, the net decrease in CO2 emissions was 1,402 tons (244 tons after excluding the amount that was due to the change of the emission coefficients) compared to the previous year. While an increase in production resulted in CO2 emission increasing by 104 tons on a year-on-year basis, a reduction of 300 tons was achieved due to operational improvements attributed in part to a shortening of the time required to make changes to product types, the thorough application of rules for the operations of production equipment, the conduct of inspections, the elaboration of production schedules, and a reduction of waste made possible through energy checks. In addition, a reduction of 48 tons in CO2 emissions was achieved by embracing energy-saving equipment, including adopting systems that enable the installation of inverters and switching to LED lights.

Measures Taken by the Logistics Division

In the area of logistics (storage and shipping), we reduced CO2 emissions by 439 tons (increase of 8 tons after excluding the amount that was due to the change of the emission coefficients) compared to the previous year. There was an increase of 180 tons due to the increase in work volume, but operational improvements achieved through the promotion of daily energy-conservation activities, along with equipment improvements achieved through a review of optimal luminance for lighting fixtures at distribution centers, reduced emissions by 98 tons. The active promotion of replacing illumination with LED lights further reduced emissions by 74 tons.

Solar panels installed at the new wing of our Osaka office

Solar panels installed at the new wing of our Osaka office

Solar panels installed at Shiga factory

Solar panels installed at Shiga factory

Hybrid streetlights installed at our Metropolitan Area Integrated Distribution Center (IDC)

Hybrid streetlights installed at our Metropolitan Area Integrated Distribution Center (IDC)

*1 KOKUYO Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Supply Logistics Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd.; Kaunet Co., Ltd.; Actus Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Finance Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO & Partners Co., Ltd.; and LmD International Co. Ltd.

*2 As to CO2 emission coefficients for electricity, we adopt the coefficients based on Japan’s Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures (base emission coefficients for each electricity company based on actual performance for 2017 and 2018).

Total CO2 Emissions by KOKUYO Group

Solar panels installed at KOKUYO Camlin’s Patalganga Factory

Solar panels installed at KOKUYO Camlin’s Patalganga Factory

The total CO2 emission in 2019 for 31 KOKUYO Group companies*1—which also began data collection for Iwami Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in 2018—was 40,130 tons*2. This was a reduction of 5,100 tons compared to 2018. Approximately 4,400 tons of reduction was due to the decrease of emission coefficients for power companies while 700 tons of reduction was due to the reduction activity of the Group as a whole.

*1 Refer to CSR Data

*2 As to CO2 emission coefficients for electricity in Japan, we adopt the coefficients based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures (base emission coefficients for each electricity company based on actual performance for 2017 and 2018). As to CO2 emission coefficients for overseas electricity, we adopt the CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2019 edition by the International Energy Agency. The difference due to change in coefficients is the difference with the emissions calculated based on the average of all electricity sources for 2000 (0.378 kg-CO2/kWh).

Actual Emission Coefficients for Each Electricity Company

Emission by Scope

Trend of CO2 Emissions for Entire KOKUYO Group

Scope 3 Breakdown

Improving the Accuracy of Scope 3 Data

In recent years, a movement to engage in carbon disclosure projects (CDP) and to manage and externally disclose Scope 3 (encompassing production, shipping, business trips, commutation, and other categories) emissions generated through supply chains that indirectly emit GHG has been gaining momentum. While the KOKUYO Group has also engaged in such actions in certain areas such as shipping, actions started to be taken in 2014 in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment's Basic Guidelines on Calculating Volumes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The volume of GHG emissions for the entire supply chain in year 2019 was 624,107 tons of CO2. Scope 3 emissions accounted for approximately 93 per cent of this figure with 83 per cent thereof attributed to “Category 1 purchased products and services.” While Scope 3 emissions increased, this is a result of the effort to collect data at subcontractors for stationery products which started in 2018 and further advanced in 2019. Third-party verification services provided by Bureau Veritas Japan have also been secured to ensure the reliability of disclosed information and data.

Emission by Scope

Emission by Scope

Scope3 Breakdown

Scope 3 Breakdown