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Efforts to Reduce GHG Emissions

Efforts to Reduce GHG Emissions

As the climate change issue becomes more serious, we recognize that reducing GHG emissions is an urgent issue and are working to reduce GHG emissions by conserving energy and utilizing non-fossil fuels (renewable fuels and fuels made from waste).

Use of Non-Fossil Fuels

The Oji Group has been encouraging to reduce fossil fuel ratio by using black liquor*2, renewable fuels*1 such as wood residue, bark, and fuels made from waste such as RPF*3. Renewable fuels accounted for 55.9% in FY2019. In addition, the non-fossil fuel including RPF accounted for 68.1% in FY2019.

Changes in Fuel Composition Ratio

In the Energy Business utilizing renewable fuels, we sold 942 million kW/year of electricity in FY2019 through biomass power generation and hydroelectric power generation whose facilities were renovated. This amount of sold electricity contributed to the reduction of GHG emissions of 433 thousand ton-CO2 to be emitted by other electric power companies.

Biomass power plant

Reduction of Energy Consumption

The Oji Group has positioned energy conservation measures as a crucial topic and takes continuous measures to address it. Conserving energy is important not only because it reduces energy costs, but also as a part of fulfilling our corporate social responsibility to undertake environmental measures.
Going forward, the entire Group will continue to make efforts toward thorough energy conservation and production efficiency improvement.

Energy Consumption and Intensity

Reduction of GHG Emission Intensity

The Group is reducing GHG emission intensity by raising production efficiency, conserving energy, and using renewable and waste fuels. A target for cutting GHG emission intensity by FY2020 was set in FY2015.

GHG Emission Intensity Reduction Target

Reduce GHG emission intensity (t-CO2e/production t) in conjunction with product manufacturing by at least 10 percent compared to the FY2013 level by FY2020*6

  • *6Not including GHG emissions from the electric power business and transportation using Group vehicles.

Results

The reduction rate of GHG emissions per ton of products, which was formulated based on that target, was 9.6% compared to the base year of FY2013, resulting in a target achievement rate of 96% of the FY2020 target. Scope 1, 2, and 3*7 results are set forth below.

Reduction Target Progress

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  FY2019 FY2020
Target Results Assesment Target
Reduction in GHG emission intensity compared to FY2013 9.4% 9.6% 10%
GHG emission intensity accompanying product manufacturing
GHG emissions volume

Measures against climate change problems

The Oji Group measures the financial impact of GHG emissions by using carbon pricing and promotes measures for raising awareness of the climate change problem and the reduction of GHG emissions among all officers and employees.
The Environmental Management Department of Oji Holdings is currently undertaking verifications by assuming two internal carbon prices, which are, \5,000 and \10,000 per 1 ton of CO2*8. Assuming that the carbon pricing is applied to the entire Group, the Department calculates the level of financial impact that Japan’s goal of reducing 80% by 2050 will have on Group companies, and provides information to related people and organizations. In addition, the Environmental Management Department delivers to domestic and overseas Group companies information related to the climate change problem and the reduction of GHG emissions in the monthly environmental news to ensure that all officers and employees of the Group thoroughly understand the importance of the measures against climate change problems.

  • *8From the interview with Professor Joseph E Stiglitz of Columbia University of the United States, who is also a Nobel laureate in economics, at the Long-term Low Carbon Vision Subcommittee under the Global Environment Committee of the Central Environment Council held on March 17, 2017

Measures in the Logistic Division

In April 2020, we completed replacement of three vessels dedicated to the Tomakomai-Shinagawa route with new vessels with the latest energy- conserving functions incorporated. As a result, fuel consumption has decreased, achieving energy conservation of 43.9% per loaded vehicle (comparison on a full-ship basis).
Oji Rikuun, which is in charge of land transportation, has obtained Green Management Certification at all of its 15 business offices. We have been working on reduction of environmental burden through increasing the usage rate of recycled tires and providing training on eco-driving more in depth.
Going forward, based on the Oji Group White Logistics Declaration, we will work on reduction of environmental burdens through improving our logistics, such as promoting the modal shift and improving delivery efficiency.

Measures in the Logistic Division

Measures to Disclose More Climate-related Information

As a effort to disclose more climate-related information, the Oji Group is working to measure not only GHG emissions accompanying product manufacturing, but also GHG emissions accompanying raw material manufacturing and logistics.

Measures to Disclose More Climate-related Information