Together with the Global 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.

  1. ▼ Activity highlights
  2. ▼ CO2 absorption of Yui-no-mori
  3. ▼ Summary for 2018
  4. ▼ Total CO2 Emissions by KOKUYO Group
  5. ▼ Improving the Accuracy of Scope 3 Data

The CO2 Reduction Target for 2030

Global Warming Preventive Measures (Easing Measures)
CO2 Emission Reduction CO2 Absorption Forest Conservation Activities
Aim to reduce CO2 emission in 2030 by 26% compared to 2013.
(Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan*1 + KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd. + Heartland Co., Ltd.)
Aim to achieve more than 6,000-tons CO2 absorption by tree thinning in approximately 150 hectares
(Yui-no-mori Project)
Goals of CO2 Emission Reduction CO2 Emission in 2013 (actual achievement) CO2 Emission in 2030 (goals) Scope
Aim to reduce CO2 emission in 2030 by 26% compared to 2013 30,702t-CO2 22,720t-CO2 Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan*1
+ KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd. + Heartland Co., Ltd.

*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.; KOKUYO Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.; Kaunet Co., Ltd.; Actus Co., Ltd.

CO2 absorption of Yui-no-mori

CO2 absorption of Yui-no-mori

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 2018

The KOKUYO Group proposed the CO2 Reduction Target for 2030.

The KOKUYO Group's CO2 emissions in 2018 totaled 31,517 tons*2 for the existing scope of operations*1. It was decreased by 1,060 tons from the previous year, achieving the goals with a reduction of 3.3%. Of the 1,060 tons, 790 tons were due to the change of the emission coefficients.
Based on estimates, there was an effective reduction in CO2 emissions of 780 tons by combining operational improvements (320 tons) and equipment improvements (460 tons). However, manufacturing operations and the closing and consolidating of facilities raised emissions by 510 tons. As a result, the reduction in total was 270 tons. The status by department is as follows.

Measures Taken at Offices

Offices lowered CO2 emissions by 440 tons over the previous year. We 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 reduced electricity use through means such as switching to LED lights. As a result, power consumption was reduced by 15% and CO2 emissions by approximately 800 tons. Furthermore, in sales activities, the use of public transportation is encouraged to cut gasoline consumption. In 2018, the 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 increase in CO2 emissions was only 390 tons (domestic increase of 470 tons and overseas decrease of 80 tons). While an increase in production resulted in CO2 emission increasing by 650 tons on a year-on-year basis, a reduction of 200 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 60 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 220 tons compared to the preceding year.

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 50 tons.

Active promotion of replacing illumination with LED lights reduced 360 tons of CO2 emissions, but the increase in work volume raised CO2 emissions by 190 tons due to impact from factors affecting logistics.

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 Existing scope: KOKUYO Co., Ltd.; Kaunet Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Supply Logistics Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO VIETNAM Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO (MALAYSIA) Sdn. Bhd.; and KOKUYO-IK (THAILAND) Co., Ltd.

*2 As to CO2 emission coefficients for electricity in Japan, we adopt the coefficients based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures (for 2018, actual emission coefficients for each electricity company based on actual performance for 2016 and 2017). As to CO2 emission coefficients for overseas electricity, we adopt the 2012 emission coefficients for each of the various countries on the greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol website made public by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resource Institute (WRI).

Total CO2 Emissions by KOKUYO Group

Data collection also began for Iwami Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in 2018. The total CO2 emission for 32 KOKUYO Group companies*1 including Iwami Paper Industry was 45,231 tons. Approximately 3,000 tons of increase was seen due to the inclusion of Iwami Paper Industry and the commencement of operation at new shops of Actus Co., Ltd., and Camlin's new Patalganga Plant (India). However, when this increment is removed, 920 tons were reduced in comparison to 2017 due to the decrease of emission coefficients for major power companies and the reduction activity of the Group as a whole.

Related information: "CO2emissions"

Related information: Changes in CO2 emissions
Trend of CO2 Emissions for Entire KOKUYO Group (32 companies)

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 2018 was 553,070 tons of CO2. Scope 3 emissions accounted for approximately 92 per cent of this figure with 82 per cent thereof attributed to "Category 1 purchased products and services". The Scope 3 emissions in 2018 increased by approximately 180,000 tons. This is a result of an effort to collect data at the subcontractors for the stationery. 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
Scope 3 Breakdown