The KANADEN Group, with the aim of handing over a clean planet to future generations, has positioned its Environmental Policy as one of its key management issues. For the development of a sustainable society, in all aspects of corporate activities, we strive to conserve and work in harmony with the global environment.
Environmental conservation activities
- (1)We will contribute to the development of a low carbon and recycle-oriented society by not only expanding the sales of eco-friendly products but also offering solutions that are perfect for our customers’ eco-business.
- (2)Our Group’s employees and families will work to promote energy savings, resource savings, and proper waste disposal to reduce the burden on the environment.
- (3)We will make a commitment to biodiversity-oriented environmental conservation activities to promote the coexistence of human beings and nature.
Compliance with environment-related laws and regulations
We will comply with environment-related laws and regulations, as well as outside environmental requirements the Group has agreed to.
We will work to develop an awareness of environmental conservation and to continuously improve and maintain initiatives that contribute to reducing the burden on the environment.
Goals and the company we want the KANADEN Group to become
- Procure electricity used in business activities from 100% renewable energy sources.
- Achieve zero emissions and carbon neutrality in business activities.
- Contribute to the creation of low carbon and recycle-oriented society by expanding renewable energy business and using energy conservation equipment.
Environmental Issue Activities
Use of Green Energy
“Green energy” refers to environmentally-friendly electricity generated from renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, hydro power, biomass, and geothermal power. This is sustainable energy that does not emit CO2, which is one of the primary causes of global warming, at the time the electricity is generated, and contributes to reductions in energy use (reductions in consumption of fossil fuels).Since FY2021, the Company has procured 1,119,000 kWh of electricity and 2,130,000 MJ of heat used at its business locations from renewable sources, in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Japan Quality Assurance Organization.
Going forward, we will continue to combine initiatives to reduce energy consumption at our own facilities with the sale of energy-saving products to customers, such as air-conditioning equipment and LED lighting, as well as creating proposals for net zero energy building (ZEB). In this way, we will reduce CO2 emissions and promote initiatives that lead to growth in renewable and natural energy.
Kigyo no Mori KANADEN
As part of the efforts to realize our Environmental Policy of “protecting and working in harmonious coexistence with the global environment,” the KANADEN Group participates in the “Kigyo no Mori” project for promoting creation of low-pollen forests in the woodlands of Tokyo’s Ome City. We commenced this initiative in 2010, and we have since been continuing to contribute to environmental conservation.
Environment / energy business
Expand business by mainly promoting promising products that contribute to reduction of environmental impacts
- LED lighting
- Photovoltaic power generation systems
- Lithium-ion storage batteries
- Quick charger for electric vehicles
- Electronic equipment for net-zero-energy buildings (ZEB)
Preservation of biodiversity
Nanatsumori Satoyama Preservation Activities
Participated in Nanatsumori satoyama woodland preservation activities.
Tohoku Branch Office
Spring Satoyama Woodland Preservation Activities (Aburayama)
Participated in forest maintenance activities in the Aburayama Nature Sanctuary under the control of the Fukuoka City Citizens' Forest Association.
Kyushu Branch Office
Fujimae Tideland cleaning operation
Participated in Fujimae Tideland cleaning operation, a Ramsar Convention site, with local companies and citizens.
Chubu Branch Office
Harumi Island Triton Square, in which our head office is located, has been certified as a "Near-Top-Level" facility
Under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Environment's overall greenhouse gas emission reduction obligations and emissions trading program (Cap-and-Trade Program), facilities that have outstanding performance in countering global warming are given a "Top-Level" or "Near-Top-Level" certification. Harumi Island Triton Square, in which our head office is located, was certified as a "Near-Top-Level" facility in FY2021, and as a part-owner, the Company also received certification as a facility that has made outstanding global warming countermeasure efforts. In order to further mitigate environmental impacts, we will continue to promote LED lighting, ZEB, and other sustainable initiatives, and contribute to overall reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
We have been decreasing our power consumption and keeping it at low levels through measures that include replacing office lighting with LEDs.
At Harumi Triton Square, to which our head office was relocated in 2019, we use electricity from an efficient district heating and cooling (DHC) system as a heat source for air conditioning.
What is DHC system?
The district heating and cooling (DHC) system involves effectively generating heat by producing hot and cold water for air conditioning at night in an underground district heating and cooling plant, and retaining it in large thermal storage tanks. The heat retained at night in the thermal storage tanks is then sent to the respective buildings during the day, and each of the air conditioning units evenly and carefully consumes the heat, which is conveyed using large temperature differences in the district heating network. As such, district heating and cooling accordingly saves energy by matching heat demand with manufacturing.
Due to the implementation of teleworking and the promotion of paperless operations, we have achieved a considerable reduction in copier paper usage.
We have updated the guidelines for the selection of vehicles and made hybrid vehicles the standard specification, which has led to a reduction in gasoline consumption.