Since its establishment in 1897, Meidensha has produced a range of technologies, products, and services and contributed to the development of a sustainable society in its role as a manufacturing company. In particular, we are deeply involved with reducing and eliminating carbon emissions through power generation systems that utilize renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and small to medium hydroelectric, as well as energy solution services such as smart grids. Through these environmentally conscious products, we aim to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable society and we are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business activities.
Under the direction of the President, who is the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Officer (Environment) oversees the environmental management of the entire Meiden Group, while the Environmental Manager in Charge of EMS promotes maintenance and improvement of the environmental management system.
As the highest decision-making body with regard to environmental activities, the Meiden Group Environmental Committee, which is chaired by the Executive Officer (Environment), identifies issues including risks posed by climate change and deliberates concerning environmental targets, action plans, and emergency response, etc., as well as determining environmental management direction. As part of its role, the Environmental Committee refers important matters to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, etc., to initiate activities based on executive-level decision-making.
The Meiden Group aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business activities by 30% by fiscal 2030 (compared to fiscal 2017 levels).
This target was determined using Science Based Targets (SBT) in conformity with the Paris Agreement *1. We work for with stakeholders in the Meiden Group’s supply chain, including customers and business partners, to set common objectives for the challenges we share.
Under the Medium-term Management Plan 2020, our targets for fiscal 2018, fiscal 2019, and fiscal 2020 are reductions of 1%, 2%, and 4%, respectively (compared to emissions in Japan in fiscal 2017). These steps were decided to help us achieve our aims for 2030. We will periodically revise those targets.
*1 Paris Agreement: A new framework for tackling global warming from 2020, adopted by the 21st Conference of the parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
To address emissions stemming from energy consumption, we are working thoroughly to conserve energy through production streamlining, capital investments, etc., and converting to renewable energy. In addition, we are practicing strict control and making technological innovations to address direct emissions of GHGs like SF6 gas.
Direct emissions from in-house use of fuel, etc.
Indirect emissions from power or heat purchased from an outside source
* The electric power CO2 coefficient used was the CO2 emissions coefficient proposed by the Electric Power Council for a Low Carbon Society. For figures through fiscal 2017, we used the adjusted factor for each fiscal year; for fiscal 2018, we used the adjusted fiscal 2017 factor.
*For the factor for electricity usage in each overseas country, we used the average values from 2010 to 2012 as stated in CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion (2014 Edition) issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA). For fuel oil and fuel gas, we used the emissions factors for each country published in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (GHG Protocol).
*Basic units are emissions (t-CO2) divided by net sales (million yen).
The Meiden Group is conducting strategic capital investment in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption, such as by replacing lighting and air conditioning equipment with highly efficient models. Furthermore, we are working to improve operation of equipment by enabling visualization of power consumption and strictly managing power consumption, particularly at night and on holidays.
In fiscal 2018, we pursued energy-efficiency measures such as work efficiency and improving the operation of air conditioners and compressors, however, our domestic CO2 emissions increased due to increased production. On the other hand, CO2 emissions per sales unit remained steady at fiscal 2017 levels.
Going forward, we will further streamline energy usage through capital investment and operation.
At the Numazu works, we installed a solar power system with battery storage on the roof of the south office block and in the adjacent green area. It commenced operation in May 2018.
This system has a power output of 100 kW and we introduced it for the following purposes as environmental equipment for the future.
(1) Reduction of environmental impact: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
(2) BCP measure: To be used as a power supply system for essential services by fully utilizing PV power in the event of a grid blackout
(3) It can be used as a product PR facility for customers and viewings are possible
(4) It can be used as a field laboratory for equipment testing
The Meiden Group’s emissions of greenhouse gasses other than CO2 include SF6 gas, which is used for lightning arresters and circuit breakers, etc., and CFCs, which are used as refrigerants in air conditioners.
With regard to SF6 gas, which contributes greatly to the greenhouse effect, we are working to reduce emissions and conducting technical investigations and trials of substitute gasses. Furthermore, in order to reduce CFC emissions, we are promoting stricter management and replacement of air conditioners.
The transport division is conducting product transport efficiency reforms such as mixed loads and modal shift, as well as initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from transport. There are many issues relating to product transport, including diversification of forms of delivery, but going forward, we will work to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting efficient transportation.
Meidensha is working to calculate greenhouse gas emissions, including indirect emissions in the upstream and downstream supply chain in addition to those produced in the course of its business activities
Meidensha is facing the issue of producing a large proportion of its emissions from “use of sold products” (scope 3, category 11) and “purchased goods and services” (scope 3, category 1). We are promoting environmental measures throughout the entire supply chain, including reducing downstream greenhouse emissions through environmentally considerate product design and reducing upstream impact through green procurement.
|Category||Calculation Method||Emissions Volume
|Amount of Activity||Basic Unit|
|1. Purchased goods and services||Purchase price (materials, consumables, services, etc.)||3EID||740,064|
|2. Capital goods||Amount invested in fixed assets||Ministry of the Environment Basic Unit - DB||18,502|
|3. Fuel and energy related activities not included in Scopes 1 or 2||Amount of energy consumption (electricity, etc.)||CFP-DB||1,901|
|4. Transportation and delivery (upstream)||Transportation cost (freight, storage, packing, etc.)||3EID||799|
|5. Waste generated by operations||Emissions of each type of waste||Ministry of the Environment Basic Unit - DB||1,174|
|6. Business travel||Transportation expenses provided (travel expenses, etc.)||3EID||2,420|
|7. Employee commuting||Transportation expenses provided (travel allowance, etc.)||3EID||776|
|8. Leased assets (upstream)||Not applicable as included in scope 1 and scope 2||―||―|
|9. Transportation and delivery (downstream)||Amount of activity of sales agents, etc.||3EID||842|
|10. Processing of sold products||Not applicable as the Company’s products include many formed items||―||―|
|11. Use of sold products||Estimated with given operating conditions such as availability||3EID||8,380,700|
|12. End-of-life treatment of sold products||Expected cost of disposal of sold goods||3EID||3,927|
|13. Leased assets (downstream)||Energy usage at leased real estate||Ministry of the Environment Basic Unit - DB||13,002|
|14. Franchises||Not applicable as outside of the scope of the Company’s business||―||―|
|15. Investments||Not applicable as shares held by the Company are not for the purpose of investment||―||―|
|Other||Excluded from the scope of calculation as item is optional||―||―|
*We calculate for our supply chain with reference to Basic Guidelines on Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Throughout the Supply Chain Ver. 2.2 published by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry