Environmental Management System
We will strive to operate our businesses in ways that adapt to the impact of climate change. At the same time, we will be proactive in promoting business activities in an environmentally friendly manner and implementing environmental conservation activities.
Specific Policy on Promotion
In accordance with Japan Post Group CSR Basic Policy, Japan Post Group will promote business activities with consideration for climate change and environmental pollution in its efforts to achieve a sustainable society. At the same time, the Group will strive to make effective use of limited resources and reduce waste.
Reduction of Greenhouse Gases
In accordance with Japan's Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures based on the Paris Agreement, we have set the Group's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target to achieve by FY2030 and an intermediate benchmark for FY2020. We will thus strive to reduce GHG arising from our business activities.
Reduction of Energy Consumption
To steadily promote measures for reducing GHG arising from our business activities, we have set the Group's FY2020 target concerning energy consumption and a specific plan to reduce the consumption. We will thus strive to reduce energy consumption in our business activities.
Effective Resource Utilization and Waste Reduction
We will use limited resources without wasting them and promote initiatives for building a recycling-based society, such as paperless operations and reducing, reusing and recycling.
Compliance with Laws, Regulations and Other Rules
We will comply with laws, regulations, various agreements and other rules in our efforts to prevent our business activities from causing pollution and other problems.
Collaborations with External Parties
In April 2019, Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance expressed support for the TCFD* recommendations. Moving forward, we will deepen analysis of the impact of climate change on the Group's businesses and strive to disclose even more information in accordance with the TCFD recommendations.
*TCFD stands for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which was established by the Financial Stability Board.
Environmental Management System
Recognizing the importance of initiatives for tackling climate change and global warming, making effective use of resources and reducing waste, we have set the Sustainability Committee as an advisory body to the Management Meeting. The Sustainability Committee deliberates on Japan Post Group's medium- and long-term strategies for sustainability management and reports the content of the deliberations to the Board of Directors and the Management Meeting. We have also established the Group Sustainability Liaison Conference for Group companies to check and share the direction.
Japan Post Group GHG Emission Reduction Target
We have set the Group's FY2030 GHG reduction target and an mid-term benchmark* for FY2020 for achieving the FY2030 target.
*We revised the mid-term benchmark for FY2020 (December 2019) based on the reduction achieved by FY2018.
Energy Consumption Reduction Target, Plan and the costs related to climate change
To achieve its GHG reduction target, Japan Post Group has set an energy consumption reduction target linked with the FY2020 intermediate benchmark.
Energy Consumption Reduction Target
FY2020 target: -835,000 GJ (4.4% reduction from the FY2016 level)
To achieve the target, Japan Post Group will mainly take the following actions. And the amount of investment needed for tackling climate change is below.
[Action for FY2020 (Process Targets)](millions of yen)
|Company||Business||Action for FY2020 (Process Targets)||Reduction of energy consumption enabled by the action (GJ)||Type of energy||Amount of Investment Needed for Tackling climate change|
|Japan Post||Postal and domestic logistics business||Environmentally friendly delivery
|Initiatives for reducing redelivery (including diversification of our channels for receiving mail)||-39,000||Gasoline||2,706|
|Reduction of delivery vehicles through efficiency improvement of mail collection
(1,000 four-wheeled vehicles)
|Switching to high-efficiency air conditioning systems and LED lights (at approx. 100 post offices), etc.||-49,000||Electricity, gas, etc.||27,882|
|Post office business||Switching to high-efficiency air conditioning systems and LED lights (at approx. 3,000 post offices), etc.||-196,000||Electricity, gas, etc.||17,639|
|Japan Post Bank||Banking business||Saving energy in offices (including introduction of LED lights)||-7,000||Electricity and gasoline||183|
|Japan Post Insurance||Life insurance business||Saving energy in offices (replacement of air-conditioning systems with high efficiency ones)||-200||Electricity||55|
|Switching to fuel-efficient vehicles (approx. 150 vehicles)||-500||Gasoline||359|
|Japan Post Holdings||Accommodation facilities and hospitals||Saving energy at accommodation facilities (introduction of LED lights), etc.||-30,000||Electricity, gas, etc.||254|
Status of Progress
Actions Taken in Collaboration with External Parties
Support for Cool Choice
Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance support Cool Choice.
Cool Choice is a national movement promoted by the Government of Japan (Ministry of the Environment). Aimed at achieving a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the FY2013 level by FY2030, Cool Choice encourages wise choices that help tackle global warming, such as services and lifestyles that contribute to building a low-carbon society.
We support Cool Choice. (Japanese)
Participation to the COOL CHOICE campaign
Japan Post has joined one of the COOL CHOICE campaigns supervised by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), "Why Not Receive Your Baggage With One Delivery - Project For Working Together To Reduce Redelivery".
In this project, the Japanese government and corporations jointly promote initiatives to achieve a low-carbon society in relation to the climate change through reducing redeliveries by postal service companies and developing the awareness towards the environmental impact of postal services among each Japanese citizens.
At Japan Post, we provide our postal service users with "e-Delivery Notice" and other services to notify the delivery time or absence through emails and social networking services.
Participation to the Package-Drop Service Conference
Japan Post has participated to the Package-Drop Service Conference supervised by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese government. The Conference was established to mitigate the climate change through reducing redeliveries, cutting CO2 emissions, and resolving relevant issues, such as the shortage of delivery drivers and excessive working hours. Our new delivery service since March 2019 - "Delivery Service at Designated Spot", which enables users to receive mails at the entrance or meter box, was introduced in the 2019 Annual Report of the Environment issued by the MOE about its outlook and effectiveness.
Expression of Support for the TCFD Recommendations
Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance expressed support for recommendations by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). In Japan Post Group CSR Basic Policy, the Group declares: "We shall strive to undertake business operations adopted the impact of climate change and actively promote business and environmental conservation activities with consideration toward reducing our burden on the environment." At the same time, in Japan Post Group Medium-Term Management Plan 2020, the Group has set the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as an action to take to achieve SDGs. The Group also promotes initiatives for helping to build a sustainable society, including investment in green bonds. In addition, the Group has analyzed the impact of climate change on the business of each Japan Post Group company based on the TCFD recommendations.