Construction of a Recycling-oriented Society
“Zero resource-waste” and “low-carbon” business models
Initiatives for a circular economy
In order to respond to global environmental issues such as resource depletion and increasing amounts of waste, in 2015, the European Commission launched the Circular Economy Strategy, which aims to construct a recycling-oriented economy. This strategy seeks to improve the efficiency of resource usage by promoting design that facilitates reuse, increasing the recycling rate, etc. This strategy is similar to what SECOM has been working on for many years with its on-line security systems.
SECOM’s security services not only provide “safety and peace of mind” to society but also prevent the loss of assets due to theft and fire and limit the consumption of resources from rebuilding. It can be said that the security business itself contributes widely to environmental conservation.
For overseas general security services, customers purchase security equipment themselves, arrange installation work, and are responsible for maintenance. The security company performs only unusual monitoring work, and the police respond when an abnormality occurs.
On the other hand, SECOM’s on-line security systems take full responsibility for the entire life cycle of the equipment from the development and manufacture of the security equipment to installation, operation, collection, and disposal within Group companies. In our R&D and equipment manufacturing, we implement “environment-friendly design” that aims to eliminate hazardous substances, save power and resources, have a long service life, and be recyclable. Furthermore, since the security equipment used by customers is based on a rental system, installed security equipment is collected, repairable items are repaired and reused, and waste disposal is handled appropriately. As a result, we can proactively reduce waste, effectively use resources, and reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
In this way, SECOM’s on-line security systems are “zero resource-waste” and “low-carbon” business models that can continuously improve the recycling rate, energy efficiency, and resource utilization efficiency.
Promotion of environment-friendly design
The R&D Center (Technology Development Division), which is in charge of development and design for security equipment and products, practices “environment-friendly design” in consideration of environmental impact. Specific design issues include energy conservation, efficient utilization of resources, long-term usage, exclusion of hazardous chemicals, and weight-reduction/space-saving measures for packaging materials.
Furthermore, we distribute green engineering guidelines to major suppliers, to seek cooperation for business activities that take the global environment into consideration, and work to protect the global environment throughout the entire value chain. In July 2018, the third edition of the guidelines was released, with revision to more specific requirements, adding four types of hazardous chemicals.
Examples of initiatives for environment-friendly design
Example 1: Sensor Light Camera (LED)
- Power consumption: 43% decrease
- Volume: 34% decrease
- Weight: 29% decrease
Example 2: SECOM NVR System (next-generation security camera)
- Power consumption: 10% decrease
- Volume: 61% decrease
- Weight: 41% decrease
3R activities (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
From the viewpoint of environmental conservation and effective use of resources, security equipment collected from customers is thoroughly inspected and separated into equipment to be reused and equipment to be discarded. In addition, the housing and electronic boards of discarded equipment are thoroughly separated into plastic and metal.
Lead-acid, nickel metal hydride, lithium, and other batteries that are built into our security devices are separated and recycled by type.
As a result of these efforts, the ratio of repaired/recycled products to equipment purchases in fiscal 2019 was 35.3%. The amount of valuable resources was 1,001 tons, 17.3% of our industrial waste, and 538 tons of batteries were recycled.
Amount of industrial waste/amount of valuable resources (Security Services)
Battery recycling (Security Services)
Promotion of green purchasing
At SECOM, we prioritize the use of green products* with a low environmental impact for consumables such as office supplies and printer paper used in our daily operations. We base our approach on the criteria of the Law on Promotion of Procurement of Eco-Conscious Goods and Services by the State and Other Entities (Green Purchasing Law).
In our office supplies ordering system on the company intranet, green products are given priority when a user selects products. Use of this ordering system ensures that the ratio of green purchasing has increased and we have achieved improved efficiency of ordering operations and reduction of unit purchase price.
- Green products: Products that fall under “Eco Mark Certified Products,” “Green Purchasing Law Compliant Products,” or “GPN (Green Purchasing Network) Registered Products.”