Environmental Management

Environmental Vision 2050

One-Daifuku Zero  Aiming for a world where material handling systems have zero environmental impact

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One-Daifuku Zero

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Crucial Issue Areas for 2030

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2030 Targets

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Daifuku Japan Environmental Action Plan

Themes Main efforts Management indicator FY2021 FY2022 FY2023
Reducing Total Amount of Waste
  • Reduce defects in manufacturing process
  • Reduce packaging materials
Total amount of waste per basic unit of net sales (compared with FY2018) 94 92 90
Improve Recycling Rate of Waste
  • Thoroughly sort waste
Waste recycling rate 95 96 97
Reduce Water Use at Production Sites
  • Water conservation efforts at production sites and offices
Water use per basic unit of net sales (compared with FY2018) 90 85 80
Revitalizing Eco Action
  • Expanding scope of efforts from environmental actions to CSR actions
  • Planning and holding new events and training sessions
Participants including employees 7,100 7,400 7,700
Advancing Conservation of Biodiversity
  • 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 maintenance Yui no Mori embarking on reforestation Yui no Mori planting and caring for trees

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 three of the ISO-certified Japan locations, and at the 15 overseas locations that have been ISO certified. 72% of production facilities have obtained certification.

Certification standards Production locations(consolidated) Number of certified locations among total Proportion of certified locations
ISO14001 25 18 72%

ISO Certified Locations


Disclosure of Climate Risks and Opportunities based on TCFD Recommendations

On May 10, 2019, Daifuku assented to the recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and is disclosing related information in accordance with the recommendations. Through dialogue with stakeholders, Daifuku continues to promote initiatives to address climate change as it aims for sustainable growth.

Daifuku Group’s Disclosure of Climate Change Information(PDF : 719KB)

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List of assenting companies(Website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

  • * TCFD: Established by the Financial Stability Board(FSB), the TCFD is an international organization comprising representatives from central banks, financial supervisory authorities and finance ministries of major countries and regions, and helps companies understand what financial markets want from disclosure and encourages them to align their disclosures.

Membership status of climate-related organizations

Daifuku Group is a member of organizations aiming to solve climate change issues in order to achieve the "Daifuku Environmental Vision 2050" formulated in February 2021, and is involved in information sharing and policy proposals.

Membership in Initiative

Environmental Vision 2020

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Daifuku Environmental Vision 2020(PDF : 112KB)

Objectives and Results

Initiative Objective and Main Approach Scope Key Indicator FY2020 Target FY2020 Result Evaluation
Promote environmentally friendly activities in business operations Preventing global warming
  • Energy-saving efforts at production and office locations
  • Make environmental improvements to production equipment
  • Modal shift in product shipping
  • Actively adopt renewable energy
  • Evaluate and disclose scope 3 emissions
  • CO2 Third Party Certification
(Production and office locations)
Total CO2 emission volume compared with levels in FY2005 Reduction of 41% or more 59.1% reduction
CO2 emissions per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005 72% or less 29.0%
Japan (Product transportation) 78% or less 50.8%
Global CO2 emissions per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011 50% or less 42.3%
Resource saving
  • Energy-saving efforts at production and office locations
  • Decreasing waste by recycling valuable resources
  • Save resources by decreasing final disposals
Japan (Production and office locations) Waste generated per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005 72% or less 47.5%
Waste recycling rate (including cost items) 99% or more 99.2%
Amount of water used per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005 57% or less 23.7%
Global Amount of water used per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011 40% or less 25.2%
Preserving biodiversity
  • Ascertain the connection with biodiversity and business activities
  • Evaluate and monitor the ecosystem in the Shiga Works
  • Eco-education centered around the Shiga Works
  • Biodiversity Preservation Initiatives, Yui no Mori (preservation of Yamato salamanders, birds and insects)
Japan (Production and office locations) Continue with our unique biodiversity preservation centering on the Yui Project
  • Conservation of the Yamato Salamander (relocating and breeding)
  • Ministry of the Environment Monitoring Site 1000 Satoyama Survey
  • Dragonfly conservation and monitoring
Green Procurement
  • Dissemination and commitment to the Green Procurement Guideline
  • Exchange information with suppliers
Continue to decrease the environmental impact throughout the supply chain caused by substances of concern Ascertain the situation regarding the environmental impact caused by emissions from our suppliers
Expand environmentally friendly products and services
  • Expand the number of Daifuku Eco-Products
  • Develop and provide products that contribute to energy savings
  • Undertake and disclose life-cycle assessments
Global Daifuku Eco-Product certification 63 or more certified products 70 certified product
CO2 Reduction Contribution 100,000 ton-CO2 72,474 ton-CO2 ×
Strengthen environmental management platform Environmental education
  • Regularly hold environmental education activities
  • Promote the Eco-Action program
Total of 8,000 or more employees participating in the Eco-Action program (events, lectures, development of autonomous activities domestically and internationally) Total of 7,122 employees participating in Eco-Action program ×
Environmental management framework
  • Gather information to set targets at global affiliates
  • Implement a framework to gather environmental information from across the Group
  • D-EMS company-wide implementation rate of 100%
  • Setting up a Global Committee
  • D-EMS company-wide implementation rate of 96.3%
  • Environmental-themed events (photo contest)
  • Set up a Sustainability Committee

Biodiversity Preservation

In order to clarify the relationship between business activities and ecosystems, Daifuku has mapped the interaction of product processes, land use, and other ecosystem aspects. Based on this map, Daifuku notes the impact on ecosystems by the land use at the Shiga Works, which is endowed with nature, and is conducting business activities that take biodiversity into account.

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Biodiversity Preservation

Conservation Activities at Shiga Works

In terms of site area, the Shiga Works is one of the largest land users in Shiga Prefecture. A survey of ecosystems within Shiga Works confirmed more than 700 native species, and over 50 rare and endangered species. In order to preserve this precious natural environment for subsequent generations, we have established a biodiversity preservation activity called the “Yui Project” to promote communication both within and outside the company, and we are pursuing various conservation initiatives.

Results of Ecosystems Survey(rare and endangered species)

Classification Species Type
Birds Falcated duck, little grebe, little ringed plover, Eurasian sparrowhawk, buzzard, red-rumped swallow, olive-backed pipit, Eurasian bullfinch, peregrine falcon, etc. 27
Amphibians Clouded salamander, Japanese brown frog, leopard frog, schlegel's green tree frog 4
Reptiles and mammals Japanese pond turtle, harvest mouse 2
Insects Asiagomphus pryeri(dragonfly), trigomphus interruptus(dragonfly), trigomphus ogumai(dragonfly), epitheca marginata(dragonfly), spring cicada, polyrhachis lamellidens, gynacantha japonica, libellula quadrimaculata asahinai, sympetrum baccha matutinum, hydrochara affinis, Yellow Dater dragonfly 11
Fish Gin-buna, dark sleeper 2
Plants Stalked adder’s tongue fern, early amythesy(beautyberry), yellow bladderwort, platycodon, atractylodes japonica, agrostis valvata, golden orchid 7
Total 53
  • Peregrine falcon

    Peregrine falcon

  • Clouded salamander

    Clouded salamander

  • Japanese pond turtle

    Japanese pond turtle

  • Trigomphus ogumai

    Trigomphus ogumai

  • Golden orchid

    Golden orchid

  • Little grebe

    Little grebe

  • Spring cicada(shell)

    Spring cicada(shell)

  • Eurasian bullfinch

    Eurasian bullfinch

Yui no Mori

As part of a biodiversity preservation activity called the Yui Project*, which started at Shiga Works in 2014, we set up the Yui no Mori(Mori = forest; comprised of a conservation pond, learning square, etc.). We engaged in biodiversity conservation activities for a region-specific red pine forest, the rare clouded salamanders and other species. The project also serves as a learning environment inside and outside the company.

  • *Yui Project: Yui means to "bring together," and the project refers to various activities to bring together "water with greenery, people with nature, and people to people."

Creating opportunities for interacting with nature

Creating opportunities for interacting with nature

At the Shiga Works, we hold nature observation events with experts, so that employees have opportunities to interact with the many plants and animals that inhabit the surrounding area, as well as Christmas wreath-making and moss ball making events using natural materials at the Works. These events were cancelled in fiscal 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Initiatives Outside the Company

Participating in the Shiga Green-activity Network’s biodiversity and CSR research association

Participating in the Shiga Green-activity Network’s biodiversity and CSR research association


Daifuku is a founding member of a research association established in 2015 that looks into biodiversity, the environment and CSR. The association, which was formed as part of the Shiga Green-activity Network, of which Daifuku is also a member, plans and holds seminars and other events for members intended to facilitate learning about biodiversity, create opportunities to learn about the latest CSR trends centered on the field of biodiversity, and encourage communication between association members.

Participating in the Biodiversity Biwako Network's dragonfly conservation efforts through corporate collaboration

Participating in the Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network's dragonfly conservation efforts through corporate collaboration

Planning exhibit(Lake Biwa Museum)

In 2016, the eight neighboring companies* of the Shiga Works launched the Biodiversity Biwako Network, which is engaged in biodiversity conservation activities using the 100 dragonfly species confirmed in the prefecture as indicators. The project, entitled Operation Dragonfly 100: Save Shiga's Dragonflies, has three strategies: search for the 100 dragonfly species in Shiga Prefecture, protect them, and educate the public about them. We are also engaged in regular monitoring at the company site, maintenance of biotopes and extermination of invasive alien species, nature observation meetings, exhibitions and presentations of our activities, as well as understanding of the current state of nature in the surrounding area.

  • *Asahi Kasei Corporation, Asahi Kasei Juko Co., Ltd., OMRON Corporation, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Sekisui Jushi Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd., Yanmar Holdings, Inc., and Daifuku Co., Ltd.

Eco-Management Structure

In 2012, Daifuku established its Eco-Action program, which rewards eco-points for environmental activities undertaken by employees in a bid to foster an environmental mindset. With a variety of ecological activities provided in each region, a total of 7,122 employees participated in volunteer activities and environmental learning events in fiscal 2020.
Eco-points gained by employees can be exchanged for green goods and other rewards. In addition, we donate an amount equivalent to the total points gained by them to external organizations.

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Eco-Action Program
  • Eco-Action events
  • Eco-Action events
  • Eco-Action events

Eco-Action events(examples)

Program Content / Description FY2020
Total number of participants
Eco Field Report Learn about the environment through experiences at nature parks, zoos, museums, environmental facilities, etc. 247 people
Eco Quiz Eco Quiz published in the in-house newsletter. Disseminate information about the environment and deepen the understanding of this topic 2,773 people
Environment oriented household account book Allows entering data about usage of electricity and water etc. for visualization to raise awareness of energy conservation 112 people
Lake Biwa reed cutting activity Participate in a conservation cycle event to protect the reeds and encourage water purification of Lake Biwa -
Non-native species fishing tournament Participate in efforts to reduce breeding of non-native fish, in order to protect the ecosystem of Lake Biwa -
Water spraying event Participate in a water-spraying event together with other organizations and businesses to counter the heat island effect in urban areas -

Change in number of participants

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Total number of participants 6,458 people 13,403 people 7,122 people


In fiscal 2020, Daifuku made the following donations as a part of the Daifuku Eco-Action Program, which is an employee participation-style environmental initiative.

Donation target Amount Content
(Continued)9th year
Shiga Prefectural Lake Biwa Museum
1,000,000 yen
(previous year: 1,000,000 yen)
Museum Renewal Operating Cost
(Continued) 8th year
Hini Arata Kan carbon offset
460,000 yen
(previous year: 530,000 yen)
Offset through contributions to the regional reduction framework of amounts equal to CO2 emissions generated from operating the Hini Arata Kan and associated with visitor movements there
(Continued) 7th year
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity Japan Committee
1,200,000 yen
(previous year: 1,200,000 yen)
Various initiatives to raise mainstream public awareness of biodiversity preservation
(Continued)3rd year
Shiga Green-activity Network
150,000 yen
(previous year: 200,000 yen)
Holding education and awareness seminars and events to promote reducing the environmental impact
(Continued)2nd year
The Nature Conservation Society of Japan
200,000 yen
(previous year: 200,000 yen)
Various projects to facilitate education and awareness of, and investigative research on nature conservation
Decarbonization Challenge Cup Executive Committee
100,000 yen The purpose of the conference is to share information and promote activities by soliciting and providing a forum for presentations on preventing Global Warming.

Evaluation from Outside the Company

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