Initiatives for the Construction of a Recycling-Oriented Society
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 SECOM’s business model, which is based on “zero resource-waste” and “low-carbon.”
SECOM’s on-line security service performs unified management for all phases of the device lifecycle (from development and manufacturing to installation, operation, collection, and disposal) within the SECOM Group. We conduct our R&D and device manufacturing by using environmentally-friendly design which seeks to eliminate hazardous substances, save energy, and save resources.
Promotion of environmentally-friendly design
The SECOM Technology Development Headquarters, which is in charge of development and design for security equipment and products, distributes Green Design Guidelines to 122 suppliers. The guidelines facilitate environmentally-friendly design which considers 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. Through the guidelines, the Technology Development Headquarters encourages suppliers to consider the global environment during their business activities. In July 2018, the third edition of the guideline was released, with the revision to more specific requirements, adding four types of hazardous chemicals.
As the result of this initiative, we were able to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions associated with the use and disposal of products in fiscal 2017 by 13,345 tons. Moving forward, SECOM will continue to strengthen relationships with our suppliers and to implement initiatives.
Example initiatives for environmentally-friendly design
Example 1: SECOM NVR System
The SECOM NVR System is a next-generation security camera system which also supports image storage to our secure data centers as well as the conventional function of recording to hard disks. The cameras and other main equipment save more energy than conventional models. Also, when setup with standard equipment, the design achieves a 61% reduction in volume ratio, a significant saving in space.
- Power consumption: 10% decrease
- Volume: 61% decrease
- Weight: 41% decrease
Example 2: Hanks Ⅲs
Hanks Ⅲs, a safety management system for financial institutions, provides integrated management for abnormalities within the entire institution (including ATM areas), cash balance information, etc. Compared to conventional models, Hanks Ⅲs uses less energy and also features a space-saving design in which previously externally-attached devices are now embedded.
Financial institutions that subscribe to Hanks Ⅲs are able to minimize the amount of electricity and the installation area. This contributes to improvements in environmental impact, convenience, etc.
- Power consumption: 57% decrease
- Volume: 55% decrease
- Weight: 66% decrease
Efficient utilization of resources
From the perspectives of environmental protection and efficient resource utilization, SECOM repairs and reuses equipment collected from customers. Furthermore, through careful sorting of equipment, we recycled 922 tons of devices as valuable resources in fiscal 2017, thus achieving efficient utilization of resources.
As a result of the reduction measures listed below, we kept the amount of industrial waste generated to 3,670 tons.
Amount of industrial waste/amount of valuable resources (Security Services Group)
Digital manifest and thorough management of industrial waste
In order to ensure appropriate processing of industrial waste, we have implemented a digital manifest throughout our entire company. The manifest is implemented at all offices, excluding only a few offices which cannot implement the digital manifest due to special circumstances.
SECOM performs integrated assessment for outsourced processing of industrial waste at all of our offices in Japan. Additionally, we always select industrial waste transporters and processors who have been certified for exceptional business practices. SECOM also performs careful management for the conditions of outsourcing contracts for the processing of industrial waste. Through these measures, we strive to ensure appropriate processing of waste.