Principal Initiatives

The most profound risk to our business continuity comes from global environmental issues, including climate change and biodiversity. At the same time, we recognize that solving such issues also presents business opportunities for us. In the Daifuku Environmental Vision 2020 formulated in 2011, we are stating, “We strive to be environmentally aware in every business activity, including consistently developing and providing material handling systems with low environmental impact.”
As the three priority measures to achieve this vision, we promise to: “Promote environmentally friendly activities in business operations,” “Increase the number of environmentally friendly products and services,” and “Enhance the foundations for environmental management.” We have set up targets for each measure to be achieved by 2020.

Initiative Materiality and relationship to SDGs

SDGs pursued by Daifuku

SDGs pursued by Daifuku

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  • Promote environmentally friendly activities in business operations
  • Expand environmentally friendly products and services
  • Strengthen environmental management platform

CSR Action Plan KPIs and targets for 2020

  • Total CO2 emissions from production and office locations (compared with levels in FY2005): Reduction of 41% or more
  • CO2 emissions from production and office locations (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 72% or less
  • Global CO2 emissions (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011): 50% or less
  • Waste generated (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 72% or less
  • Amount of water used (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 57% or less
  • Amount of water used globally (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011): 40% or less
  • Number of certified Eco-Products: 63
  • Contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from products and services: 100,000 ton-CO2
  • Number of participants in the Eco-Action program: 8,000
  • Company-wide implementation arte if D-EMS (Daifuku-Eco Management System): 100%

Environmental Vision 2020

Basic Message

Contribute to our customers, society, and the conservation of the global environment

We strive to be environmentally aware in every business activity, including consistently developing and providing material handling systems with low environmental impact.

Priority Measures for Achieving the Vision

1. Promote environmentally friendly activities in business operations

  • Reducing CO2 emissions from our business activities
  • Taking steps to save energy and resources, introduce renewable energy, preserve biodiversity, reduce environmental impact, and harmonize with communities

2. Expand environmentally friendly products and services

  • Developing and supplying environmentally friendly products and services that comply with our environmental standards
  • Helping our customers reduce CO2 emissions through our environmentally friendly products and services

3. Strengthen environmental management platform

  • Expanding environmental education and training to increase awareness across the Daifuku Group
  • Building a global environmental management framework for the Group to further our environmental contribution

Targets for 2020

Targets for 2020 and Action Plan
Theme Scope 2020 Targets
Promote environmentally friendly activities in business operations Preventing global warming
(lowering CO2 emission)
Japan Total CO2 emissions from production and office locations (compared with levels in FY2005) Reduction of 41% or more
CO2 emissions from production and office locations (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 72% or less
CO2 emissions from product shipments (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 78% or less
Global CO2 emission volume (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011): 50% or less
Resource saving Japan Waste generated (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 72% or less
Recycling rate: 99% or more
Amount of water used (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005): 57% or less
Global Amount of water used (per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011): 40% or less
Preserving biodiversity Japan Continue biodiversity preservation with Daifuku-made initiatives such as the Yui Project
Green procurement Continue reducing substances of concern throughout the supply chain
Expand environmentally friendly products and services Global Number of certified Eco-Products: 63 products or more certified
Contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from products and services: 100,000 tons-CO2
Strengthen environmental management platform Environmental education Foster environmental awareness by increasing the number of participants in the Eco-Action program: 8,000
Environmental management framework Group-wide deployment of a global environmental management framework and continued implementation of D-EMS: 100%
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Promotion Framework

Toward achieving the Daifuku Environmental Vision 2020, the Company set up the "Sustainability Committee" as the highest decision-making body on environmental management issues across the Group. It is comprised of the heads of various business departments and is chaired by the CEO. The Committee issues instructions on implementing plans and activity policies for upper management that address climate change and a wide variety of other issues.

Environmental Action Plan KPI

Objectives and Results

Fiscal 2019 (Targets/Results) and fiscal 2020 (Targets)
Initiative Objective and Main Approach Scope Key Indicator FY2019 Target FY2019 Result Evaluation FY2020 Target
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
・CO2Third Party Certification
Japan
(Production and office locations)
Total CO2 emission volume
compared with levels in FY2005
Reduction of 40% or more 57.4% reduction 41% or more
CO2 emissions per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005 73% or less 31.9% 72% or less
Japan
(Product transportation)
79% or less 56.2% 78% or less
Global CO2 emissions per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011 54% or less 47.5% 50% or less
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 47.6% 72% or less
Waste
recycling rate
(including cost items)
99% or more 99.2% 99% or more
Amount of water used per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2005 58% or less 30.1% 57% or less
Global Amount of water used per basic unit of net sales compared with levels in FY2011 41% or less 26.9% 40% or less
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)
- ・Building a regional cooperation platform ・Company-wide preservation activities
・Release of clouded salamander for protection
・Continue with our unique biodiversity preservation centering on the Yui Project
Green Procurement ・Dissemination and commitment to the Green Procurement Guideline
・Exchange information with suppliers
・Ascertain the situation regarding the environmental impact caused by emissions from our suppliers ・Ascertain the situation regarding the environmental impact caused by emissions from our suppliers ・Continue to decrease the environmental impact throughout the supply chain caused by substances of concern
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 ・56 or more certified products ・62 certified products ・63 or more certified products
CO2 Reduction Contribution 83,000 ton-CO2 73,928 ton-CO2 × 100,000 ton-CO2
Strengthen environmental management platform

Environmental education ・Regularly hold environmental education activities
・Promote the Eco-Action program
- ・Total of 7,800 or more employees participating in the Eco-Action program (events, lectures, development of autonomous activities domestically and internationally) ・Total of 13,403 employees participating in Eco-Action program × ・Total of 8,000 or more employees participating in Eco-Action program (events, lectures, development of autonomous activities domestically and internationally)
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%
・Implementation of environmental impact reduction measures at non-Japan sites
・D-EMS company-wide implementation rate of 95.8%
・Environmental-themed events (photo contest, SDGs awards)
・Self-assessment of energy conservation actions
・D-EMS company-wide implementation rate of 100%
・Setting up a Global Committee
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Material Balance

Monitoring the environmental impact of its business operations, Daifuku strives to minimize its environmental burden.

Environmental Accounting

Daifuku conducts environmental accounting by quantitatively monitoring costs and the effectiveness of its environmental conservation activities.

Costs of environmental conservation activities (classified by business activity)

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Costs of environmental conservation activities (classified by business activity)
Category Investment Cost
FY2018 FY2019 FY2018 FY2019
Incurred in business areas Pollution prevention 1. Preventing air pollution - - 14,620 22,850
2. Preventing water pollution 1,930 31,877 39,287 80,662
3. Preventing soil contamination - - - 0
4. Preventing vibration and noise - - - 0
Environmental conservation 5. Saving energy 147,913 260,255 195,943 196,313
6. Controlling chemical substances - - 418 704
Resource recycling 7. Effectively utilizing resources - - 1,007 1,007
8. Processing industrial and general waste 1,400 5,081 31,937 49,394
Upstream/Downstream 9. Difference between costs of regular and green purchasing - - 1,920 1,920
Management activities 10. Environmental management system operation - - 45,937 42,253
11. Environmental information disclosure and advertisement - - 18,653 3,655
12. Environmental impact monitoring - 20,986 4,380 6,966
13. Environmental education for employees 3,000 0 5,615 17,732
R&D 14. Environmental conservation out of R&D - - 172,300 178,720
Social activities 15. Nature protection, greening and beautification 9,700 2,669 50,148 49,338
16. Donation to and support for nature conservation groups - - 2,202 2,180
Environmental damage response 17. Covering environmental damage - - - 0
Total   163,943 320,869 584,366 653,694
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Economic effects of the environmental conservation measures (actual effects)

(Thousand yen)

Economic effects of the environmental conservation measures (actual effects)
Effects FY2018 FY2019
Sales of valuable resources 79,529 55,792
Energy cost saving 3,829 33,136
Waste disposal cost saving 459 ▲10,597
Total 83,817 78,331
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Effects of environmental conservation

Effects of environmental conservation
Item FY2019 Reduction relative to the previous year
(▲ Increase)
Amount generated per basic unit of net sales relative to the previous year
Energy cost (Thousand GJ) 271.6 11.7 100.9
CO2 emissions (Ton-CO2) 10,942.0 2,270.1 90.5
Total waste generated (Ton) 4,948.0 ▲61.0 98.4
Final disposal (Ton) 38.0 5.0 69.7
Total drainage (Thousand m3) 125.0 ▲1.8 103.5
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Environmental Management System Certification

All production sites and primary locations in Japan, and all main production sites overseas, have obtained and maintained the ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems. As of January 2020, in terms of sales ratio production has been 100% certified in Japan and 65% certified overseas.

Assents to the 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.

  • * 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.