- Basic Approach
- Daifuku Environmental Vision 2050
- Promotion System
- Daifuku Japan Environmental Action Plan
- Material Balance (FY2021)
- Environmental Accounting
- Responding to Water Risks
The Daifuku Group recognizes the growing global environmental problems as a significant challenge in the business environment facing the Group. In 2011, we established the Daifuku Environmental Vision 2020 and have been focused on three themes: promoting environmentally friendly activities in business operations, expanding environmentally friendly products and services, and strengthening our environmental management platform. In 2021, to address these increasingly serious problems, the Group created the new Daifuku Environmental Vision 2050, which outlines our ideal vision for 2050, aiming for a world where material handling systems have zero environmental impact. We have designated climate change and energy as well as resource recycling as critical issue areas, and have set targets for each of these areas. We will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society through Group-wide efforts under the leadership of the management team.
Group Code of Conduct (extract)
- We will contribute to the preservation of the global environment through our business operations.
- We will develop environmentally friendly products and services, and offer them widely to society.
- Each and every one of us will conduct business with a high environmental awareness.
Daifuku Environmental Vision 2050
The Group has formulated the Daifuku Environmental Vision 2050, an environmental vision looking ahead to 2050 to help create a sustainable society. We have set our critical issue areas and targets through 2030, aiming for a world where material handling systems have zero environmental impact by 2050. The Sustainability Committee, chaired by the CEO, is at the center of this Group-wide effort, which runs from fiscal 2021 to 2030.
Crucial issue areas for 2030
Accelerating climate change and energy responses
We will strive to reduce CO2 emissions in our value chain by reducing the energy use of our products operated at customer sites and by working together with our suppliers.
We will work on CO2 emissions reductions compliant with the Paris Agreement by promoting energy conservation and introducing renewable energy sources throughout the Daifuku Group.
Building a foundation to promote the resource recycling
To promote resource recycling throughout the product lifecycle, we will enhance the recyclability rate of our products.
We will build a resource-recycling framework at all our production sites.
|Crucial issue areas||Target|
|Climate change and energy||70% or higher sales ratio of projects that include environmentally friendly products*1|
|Overall avoided CO2 emissions*2 of 300,000 t-CO2 or more|
|25% or more reduction in total CO2 emissions by Daifuku (from FY2018 levels)|
|50% or more corporate participation in supply chain CO2 reduction program*3|
|Resource recycling||90% or higher recyclability rate for new products|
|99% or higher recycling rate of waste|
- *1Projects that have contributed to customers in terms of environmental consideration through cerfilied Daifuku Eco-Products, etc.
- *2CO2 emissions produced from our products/services provided to our customers are subtracted from the CO2 emissions produced from our products/services in FY2011—the base year for environmental performance.
- *3Daifuku's own framework on efforts (sharing of goals and supporting measures to reduce emissions, etc.) to reduce CO2 emissions at suppliers
The Group-wide Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by the CEO and comprises the Global Business Heads of each business unit as members, has been formed, and the Environmental Management Subcommittee* has been established under the auspices of the Sustainability Committee. The Subcommittee’s discussions are focused on one of the themes of the Sustainability Action Plan: contributing to the environment through our business. We have set targets for keeping business operations environmentally friendly and expanding environmentally friendly products and services, which we have identified as materialities, and we continue to advance these activities and monitor their progress. Beginning in fiscal 2022, we will also launch the Environmental Impact Reduction Project to promote energy and resource conservation and the adoption of renewable energy in our business operations, as well as the Product Evaluation Project to discuss Daifuku Eco-Products certification, PR, and a review of the certification standards.
- *This Subcommittee is a merger of the Eco-Products Subcommittee and the Environmentally Friendly Operations Subcommittee, which had existed until fiscal 2021.
Environmental Management Subcommittee
|Members||Business units (manufacturing, sales, design), Human Resources and General Affairs Department, Assets Administration Department, Sustainability Promotion Department|
Environmental management system certification
We promote certification at all production sites and primary locations in Japan, and all main production sites overseas of the ISO 14001 international standards for environmental management systems. Production is carried out at all four of the ISO-certified Japan locations, and at the 14 overseas locations that have been ISO certified. 67% of production facilities have obtained certification.
|Certification standards||Production sites（consolidated）||Number of certified locations among total||Proportion of certified locations|
Daifuku Japan Environmental Action Plan
Daifuku Co., Ltd. has developed an Environmental Action Plan in Japan for non-KPI issues for each materiality defined in our Sustainability Action Plan.
Reducing total amount of waste
- 【Main efforts】
- Reduce defects in manufacturing process
- Reduce packaging materials
|Percentage of total amount of waste per basic unit of net sales (%) (compared with FY2018)||94.0||92.0||90.0||80.6|
Improve recycling rate of waste
- 【Main efforts】
- Thoroughly sort waste
|Waste recycling rate (%)||95.0||96.0||97.0||99.4|
Reduce water use at production sites
- 【Main efforts】
- Water conservation efforts at production sites and offices
|Percentage of water use per basic unit of net sales (%) (compared with FY2018)||90.0||85.0||80.0||59.1|
Revitalizing Daifuku Eco-Action
- 【Main efforts】
- Expanding scope of efforts from environmental actions to CSR actions
- Planning and holding new events and training sessions
|Number of employees that participated (non-unique)||7,100 people||7,400 people||7,700 people||11,608 people|
Advancing conservation of biodiversity
- 【Main efforts】
- Studying, monitoring and conserving local ecological conditions of Shiga Works
- Advancing conservation of biodiversity through outside partnerships
|Implementing biodiversity conservation efforts||Yui no Mori forest
|Yui no Mori
embarking on reforestation
|Yui no Mori
planting and caring for trees
|Laying wood chips along roadside in Yui no Mori|
Material Balance (FY2021)
Monitoring the environmental impact of its business operations, Daifuku strives to minimize its environmental burden. Shown below are the energy and resource inputs and environmentally-impactful outputs generated through the operations of Daifuku Co., Ltd.
Daifuku Co., Ltd. conducts environmental accounting by quantitatively monitoring costs and the effectiveness of its environmental conservation activities.
Costs of environmental conservation activities (classified by business activity)
|Incurred in business areas||Pollution prevention||1. Preventing air pollution||-||-||52,160||42,600|
|2. Preventing water pollution||33,228||9,350||73,924||119,379|
|3. Preventing soil contamination||-||-||0||0|
|4. Preventing vibration and noise||-||-||0||0|
|Environmental conservation||5. Saving energy||93,444||229,259||206,037||225,946|
|6. Controlling chemical substances||-||-||1,226||1,224|
|Resource recycling||7. Effectively utilizing resources||-||-||1,007||1,007|
|8. Processing industrial and general waste||4,200||0||28,744||34,730|
|Upstream/downstream||9. Difference between costs of regular and green purchasing||-||-||1,920||1,920|
|Management activities||10. Environmental management system operation||-||-||42,631||44,172|
|11. Environmental information disclosure and advertisement||-||-||4,195||4,214|
|12. Environmental impact monitoring||2,720||0||6,956||9,668|
|13. Environmental education for employees||0||0||9,298||16,962|
|R&D||14. Environmental conservation out of R&D||-||-||183,300||214,700|
|Social activities||15. Nature protection, greening and beautification||21,202||0||53,051||57,597|
|16. Donation to and support for nature conservation groups||-||-||5,080||4,520|
|Environmental damage response||17. Covering environmental damage||-||-||0||0|
Economic effects of the environmental conservation measures (actual effects)
|Sales of valuable resources||56,200||141,130|
|Energy cost saving||69,592||▲ 70,347|
|Waste disposal cost saving||2,985||3,725|
Effects of environmental conservation
|Item||FY2021||Reduction relative to the previous year
|Amount generated per basic unit of net sales relative to the previous year(%)|
|Energy cost (Thousand GJ)||297.7||▲ 28.7||99.3|
|CO2 emissions (t-CO2)||11,826.8||▲ 1,320.8||101.0|
|Total waste generated (t)||5,751.0||▲ 1,196.0||113.3|
|Final disposal (t)||38.0||3.0||83.2|
|Total drainage (Thousand m3)||104.1||0.1||89.7|
Responding to Water Risks
The Daifuku Group has used Aqueduct, an assessment tool developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), to assess water risks in the countries and regions where we have major operations in Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The results indicated that all areas surveyed were not at a risk level higher than High. We will continue to assess risk on a regular basis.
In addition, while painting processes use a particularly large amount of water in production, we do not believe that there is currently a high risk concern at all of our production sites. We will continue to monitor water consumption at our production sites, reduce the total amount of water used, and take appropriate measures regarding water risk.
The results of the water risk assessment (Overall water risk*) for our main sites is as follows.
|Water risk level||No. of sites|
- *A comprehensive water-related risk assessment, as defined by Aqueduct, based on all factors including physical water quantity, water quality, regulatory and reputational risk.