Initiatives for Preventing Global Warming
Mid-term and long-term targets and results related to global warming
Global warming causes a variety of climate change phenomena including powerful typhoons, torrential rain, abnormal heatwaves, and rising sea levels. Global warming may harm agricultural crops and impacts the ecosystem, creating threats to the sustainable development of society as a whole. Therefore, from 2008, SECOM has worked to combat global warming by using the reduction of CO2 emissions as a KPI.
Creation of mid-term and long-term targets
The Paris Agreement was adopted in 2016 with agreement by 196 countries and regions throughout the world. In response to Cabinet approval for the Global Warming Prevention Plan and other trends in Japan, in addition to the existing reduction targets for achievement by 2020, Security Services segment of the SECOM Group has formulated new mid-term targets for 2030. These new targets consider SBTs (Science Based Targets for reducing greenhouse gas).
Furthermore, as part of efforts for achieving the long-term goal of a carbon-free society, SECOM seeks to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas throughout the entire SECOM Group.
Mid-term and long-term targets and results
In fiscal 2017, initiatives implemented in relation to service vehicles and offices with the goal of protecting the environment by preventing global warming reduced emissions of greenhouse gases by 384 metric tons. Total emissions of greenhouse gases amounted to 76,750.0 metric tons, a year-on-year decrease of 5.8% (down 5.1% from the base year).
The greenhouse gas emission amount is calculated using the CO2 emission coefficient for each reported fiscal year.
CO2 emissions base unit
SECOM calculates the “CO2 emissions amount per unit of net sales (emissions base unit)” as an index that indicates the efficiency of CO2 emissions amount originating from business activities and energy usage.
In fiscal 2017, the amount of CO2 emissions per million yen in net sales decreased from 0.174 metric tons in the previous fiscal year to 0.161 tons. The CO2 emissions base unit improved by 7.5%.
Change in CO2 emissions amount per unit of net sales
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain
The range of emissions for greenhouse gas (GHG) is categorized in Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 based on the GHG Protocol, internationally-recognized calculation guidelines.
From fiscal 2013, SECOM has requested all of its major suppliers to calculate the energy input amount, greenhouse gas emissions amount, and water usage amount for products/services supplied to SECOM. We are working to protect the global environment throughout the entire value chain.
Initially, only a few suppliers responded to the request. However, in conjunction with increased understanding for cooperation in activities to combat global warming, the number of participating suppliers has increased every year. In fiscal 2017, SECOM received reports from suppliers accounting for approximately 74.1% of the purchase amount base.
Greenhouse gas emission amount in the value chain (Security Services)
Response to TCFD recommendations
In June 2017, the “Final Report: Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures” was issued by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which is operated by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international organization composed of financial ministries, financial regulatory bureaus, and central banks from 25 of the world’s leading countries.
Based on the concept that various corporate activities for climate change will ultimately manifest in financial information, TCFD recommendations require disclosure for management recognition, actual measures, etc., for climate change at companies. The TCFD recommendations are positioned to become the de facto global standard for disclosure of environmental information in the future.
SECOM has always fulfilled our social mission of “achieving a society free from concerns,” and will continue to fulfill this mission in the future. In addition to appropriate response by the entire SECOM Group for transition to the carbon-free society targeted in the Paris Agreement, we also recognize the necessity of contributing to that transition.
Risk assessment process
Based on the recognition that risk management is the very essence of our business, SECOM incorporates an attitude of risk management into our daily business activities. Under the supervision of the President and Representative Director, SECOM identifies and assesses business risks, and uses company-wide risk surveys as a base for ceaselessly pinpointing issues which must be addressed in the future. Findings are reported to directors, etc., in order to facilitate deeper review. For example, assuming that a major natural disaster has occurred due to climate change, we review the impact on SECOM’s business systems for stable supply of services to customers, and how to minimize damage in the event the SECOM itself is affected by the disaster.
Management of physical risks and migration risks
Specifically, there is the possibility of a prolonged power outage due to torrential rain, thunderstorms, flooding, heavy snowfall, and other major disasters associated with global warming. SECOM has reviewed the functionality of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) installed at control centers throughout Japan and the necessity of strengthening the backup system among regions, and of installing separate emergency power equipment, which was reported at meetings of the board of directors.
Also, in recent years, there is growing interest in the issue of climate change among customers and society in general. Amidst this trend, we are working to ensure thorough response to environmental issues and disclosure of related information throughout the entire value chain, including our suppliers. These activities by SECOM will also enable our clients and suppliers to establish similar measures in their value chain.
In recent years, the frequency of abnormal weather and natural disasters due to climate change is increasing. Amidst these trends, there is heightened needs for business continuity planning (BCP) measures at customers. As a company which seeks to provide total safety and peace of mind that includes disaster prevention, SECOM listens to customer opinions when planning and developing products and services.
We utilize the information analysis and information management infrastructure of the SECOM Group to start providing new services and products for BCP. Specific examples include provision of the SECOM Safety Confirmation Service in order to quickly ascertain the status of employees in the event of natural disasters (typhoons, floods, etc.), terrorist attacks, wide-area disasters, etc., and support quick resumption of business, the support service for the creation of initial response manuals which focus on countermeasures during the first 24 hours after a disaster, the Real-Time Disaster Information Service which collects, analyzes, and transmits SECOM’s unique disaster-related information in addition to the disaster information of municipalities, and the service for managing inventories of disaster preparedness goods and providing notification when expiry date approaches.
Initiatives for preventing global warming (Eco friendly vehicles)
In security services, the main business of SECOM, we are taking a variety of actions for reducing CO2 and air pollutants caused by vehicle fuel.
Eco friendly vehicles
In security services, we use numerous vehicles for a variety of situations such as emergency response, cash delivery (armored cars), technical/construction response, and sales activities. The amount of CO2 emitted from these vehicles accounts for approximately half of all CO2 generated by our business activities. Therefore, SECOM views the reduction of CO2 and other exhaust gases (NOx/PM) emitted from vehicle fuel as a priority imperative in our environmental protection activities. Accordingly, SECOM is implementing a variety of initiatives both in tangible and intangible aspects.
Breakdown of CO2 emission amount in fiscal 2017
2020 targets for security services
Vehicle fuel is the largest source of CO2 emissions in our security services. In order to reduce these CO2 emissions, we established the target “replace all service vehicles with environmentally-friendly vehicles*1 by 2013” in 2008.
As a result of initiatives dealing with various aspects, 99.5% of all vehicles had been replaced with environmentally-friendly vehicles (hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, etc.) by the March 31, 2014. This achieved significant reductions in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Based on these results, we established the new target of “replace all four-wheel vehicles in the SECOM Group with fuel-efficient vehicles*2 by the end of fiscal 2020” and continue our efforts to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from vehicle fuel. Although the number of vehicles used by the SECOM Group is increasing, the amount of CO2 emissions is being reduced.
In fiscal 2017, we replaced existing 496 conventional vehicles with fuel-efficient vehicles, including 82 hybrid vehicles. As a result, the ratio of fuel-efficient vehicles used by the SECOM Group increased to 80.1%, up 5.4% year-on-year.
SECOM will continue to implement fuel-efficient vehicles in order to achieve our targets by the end of fiscal 2020.
- “Environmentally-friendly vehicles” as defined by SECOM refers to low-emission vehicles or vehicles possessing equivalent performance in the stage of practical usage, from among “low-emission vehicles” as defined in the “Action Plan for Development and Promulgation of Low-Emission Vehicles” formulated by the Japanese government.
- “Fuel-efficient vehicles” as defined by SECOM refers to “fuel-efficient and low-emission gas vehicles” which satisfy the 2005 Emission Gas Standards-75% and either of the Fiscal 2015 Fuel-Efficiency Standards or Fiscal 2020 Fuel-Efficiency Standards.
Amount of vehicle fuel used (Security Services Group)
Implementation rate of fuel-efficient vehicles (SECOM Group)
Fuel-efficient vehicles at SECOM
Initiatives in tangible aspect
Selection of fuel-efficient vehicles
We categorize vehicles into 20 types based on characteristics such as usage, driving distance, installation of special equipment, etc. For each type, the vehicle model is further refined based on environmental performance and driving performance. Then, from among fuel-efficient vehicles, SECOM selects the most environmentally-friendly vehicles with the lowest amount of emissions. Review is conducted for each vehicle in order to select the optimal vehicles, and even in the case where a vehicle has good fuel mileage, it will be excluded if it generates a large amount of emissions.
Active implementation of clean diesel vehicles
Clean diesel vehicles are low-environmental load vehicles that significantly reduce emissions of air pollutants when driving and that clear the strict criteria defined in the 2010 Emissions Gas Regulations. These vehicles use diesel fuel which is less expensive than gasoline and which emits approximately 18% less CO2 than gasoline when combusted, thus contributing to reduced CO2 emissions.
Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, there was a gasoline shortage over a broad area including the disaster area; however, diesel was said to be relatively easy to obtain. Also, no qualification is required to transport and store a certain amount of diesel.
Therefore, SECOM will continue to implement clean diesel vehicles as a BCP measure.
Initiatives in intangible aspect
Thorough implementation of Eco Safe Driving
Through Eco Safe Driving which combines both energy-saving driving techniques and safe driving techniques, SECOM strives to provide customers with quick response and to prevent global warming.
SECOM uses a variety of initiatives to promote Eco Safe Driving. In addition to training and awareness-raising activities, we also distribute manuals and display posters. Furthermore, security driving trainers are dispatched to provide on-site instruction at all offices throughout Japan. Head office staff who specialize in driving instruction visit core offices and provide ride-along instruction.
Moreover, group training is held in each region. Many trainees receive ride-along instruction from security driving trainers, managers, and head office staff who specialize in driving instruction.
Driving techniques for ecology and safety are explained one-by-one, and in-depth instruction is repeatedly provided until the trainee sufficiently understands the concept of Eco Safe Driving. This has produced results in terms of both safety and energy conservation.
Eco Safe Driving training combines both energy-saving driving techniques and safe driving techniques
Poster for Eco Safe Driving
Activities to raise awareness for safe driving
One of the most important aspects at SECOM is for employees to drive safely. Safe driving is important to protect the safety of customers, as well as employees, their family, and our company.
We have contents on driving in our intranet, in order to raise awareness among employees by posting a variety of vehicle-related information such as basic manuals on safe driving, explanations of traffic laws, status on the implementation of fuel-efficient vehicles, and results of efforts to improve fuel efficiency at each office.
Eco Safe Driving Contest
In order to spread and promote eco driving, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the National Police Agency and the Ministry of the Environment cooperate to designate November Eco-Drive Promotion Month. In conjunction with this, SECOM holds Eco Safe Driving Contest for our offices throughout Japan.
All employees who drive during work are participants in the contest. They implement the “Seven Items for Eco Safe Driving” and compete for the best rate of fuel-mileage improvement through careful, safe, and environmentally-friendly driving, both in office section and vehicle section. Another purpose of the contest is to provide an opportunity for considering how to reduce CO2 emissions, the cause of global warming, while driving during work.
Initiatives to prevent global warming (Eco at offices)
SECOM actively implements energy-saving equipment and takes actions to save electricity and conserve energy throughout our group.
Eco at offices
Electricity used at offices accounts for approximately half of CO2 emissions at SECOM. In order to reduce the amount of electricity used, we engage in environmental protection initiatives from the tangible perspective of actively implementing optimal energy-saving equipment that balances ecology and economy, and from the intangible perspective of company-wide activities for saving electricity and conserving energy.
Initiatives in tangible aspect
The following are examples of implementing energy-saving equipment.
Replace with LED lighting
SECOM started considering the use of LED lighting even from earliest times when LED use was not as widespread as today. Technical departments at SECOM conducted independent tests for the energy-saving performance, electromagnetic wave noise, and safety performance of LEDs. Only LEDs which passed the test are used at SECOM. Replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs reduces the amount of electricity used by an average of 60%. Furthermore, we have revised our policy of thinning the number of fluorescent lights, which we used to promote for the purpose of electricity saving, and as a consequence, workplace environment was improved.
Office with LED lighting
Transition to high-efficiency air conditioning equipment
By changing air conditioning equipment to high-efficiency models, we have increased energy efficiency and reduced the amount of electricity used per unit by an average of 40%. Moreover, the new models enable detailed temperature settings and make it possible to maintain a comfortable working environment.
Installation of multifunction devices
Throughout our entire company, SECOM has installed multifunction devices with four functions (copier, scanner, printer, FAX). In addition to saving office space, the change reduces the amount of electricity consumed during waiting and use by an average of 35% per device.
Installation of multifunction devices with four functions
Replace with thin client terminals for desktop PCs
SECOM has replaced our desktop PCs with thin client terminals which perform batch management of data and memory at servers. In addition to strengthening information management, this change reduces the amount of electricity consumed by servers and terminals by approximately 60% per one machine.
SECOM Secure Data Center
Initiatives in intangible aspects
SECOM has constructed unique system for accurately ascertaining and visualizing the amount of energy used, which is the infrastructure for eco activities at our offices. Furthermore, we emphasize that each and every one of our employees behaves appropriately as a citizen of our planet and implement a variety of measures and awareness-raising activities.
Activities by Environmental Promotion Committees throughout Japan for saving electricity and conserving energy at offices
SECOM has established Environmental Promotion Committees at 28 locations throughout Japan. These committees conduct company-wide activities for saving electricity and conserving energy. Activities are based on the “Energy Conservation Activities Manual” which covers optimal energy usage at the buildings and facilities of large-scale offices and the “Guidelines for Saving Electricity and Conserving Energy” which covers air conditioning and lighting at small and mid-sized offices.
SECOM uses the systems for promoting environmental protection in order to ascertain monthly trends in the amount of energy used. These trends are compared to the previous month and the same month in the previous year in order to identify offices where use has increased or decreased significantly. For offices where there has been a significant increase or decrease, SECOM always confirms the cause and takes the required corrective measures.
Guidelines for Saving Electricity and Conserving Energy
Checks for saving electricity and conserving energy in summer and winter
Electricity usage increases in summer and winter. Prior to these seasons, under the management of the Environmental Promotion Chairman, all of our offices use check lists to see whether or not activities for saving electricity and conserving energy are always performed in accordance with the “Guidelines for Saving Electricity and Conserving Energy.” By performing inspection prior to the onset of harsh weather conditions, SECOM seeks a balance between saving electricity/conserving energy at our offices and achieving a comfortable/efficient working environment.
Awareness-raising activities for employees
On our company intranet, SECOM has established the portal site “ECO at SECOM” for conveying information on the environment. The site increases the environmental consciousness and awareness of our employees.
SECOM implements a variety of unique measures in order to facilitate environmental communication at our company. Contents include the explanation of environmental issues by the characters Dr. Ecota and Futa-kun, promotion of an “eco-life” by employees and “eco-team” activities and announcement of “eco people” (employees with eco certification).
The portal site ECO at SECOM conveys information to employees
Results of Eco at Offices
As the result of Eco at Offices activities, we reduced the amount of electricity used in our security services by 410 MWh. However, this reduction was surpassed by business growth such as the opening of new service bases and the expansion of distribution warehouses. As a result, the amount of electricity used increased by 1.1% compared to fiscal 2016.