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Initiatives for Energy and Climate Change

Basic CSR Policy

Established as an environmental initiative, the Nichirei Group’s Environmental Policy includes a theme of preventing global warming. Corporate business activities and global climate change have a great deal to do with each other. The business activities of a food-related corporate group, in particular, rely heavily on natural ecosystems for procurement of ingredients, and are thus greatly influenced by climate change. Since using cold storage facilities is indispensable for the Nichirei Group’s business activities, it recognizes that rising energy prices and responding to environmental regulations are significant risks. Based on this recognition, the Group is working on the following in cooperation with its suppliers, partner companies and so on.
● Efficient energy use in the production of food products
● Reduction of greenhouse gases through increased efficiency in temperature-controlled transportation
● Reduced impact of business activities on climate change through promoting the use of renewable energy, from procurement and production, through to storage, logistics, and sales

Risks and Opportunities from Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Nichirei Group sees various risks and opportunities associated with climate change, and is working hard to address them. For instance, it views changes to the feed-in tariff for renewable energy as a potential institutional opportunity of increased revenue from the solar power generation projects conducted on idle land owned by the Group. In its refrigerated logistics business, the Group perceives several risks, including an increase in the outside air temperature, a rise in energy prices, compliance with regulations on alternative CFCs, and the emergence of alternative methods for food preservation. Any rise in the outside air temperature does also present some positive aspects for the processed foods business: sales of microwave foods and ready-cooked foods increase as people avoid high-temperature cooking on hot days, and ice products sell well as people want to lower their body temperature against the heat.
While changes in temperature and rainfall could lead to a physical impact in the localized failure of crops, the Nichirei Group instead sees this as a business opportunity because it hedges against risks concerning materials supply to cope with such events. Furthermore, to counter disasters, such as flooding caused by changes in precipitation patterns, the Group also anticipates and responds to operational shutdowns from the perspective of business continuity planning (BCP). And to counter the risk of consumers changing their choices, the Group is working hard to develop products and provide meat and poultry products that reduce the emission of substances causing global warming.

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Management System

Regarding the actual values for the Group targets, actual greenhouse gas emissions for Nichirei Logistics Kanto, Inc.’s Tokyo Distribution Center and Logistics Network, Inc.’s Shinagawa Distribution Center have been verified by a third party under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s (TMG) Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program, and a reduction plan until FY2020 has been submitted.

Energy Consumption of the Nichirei Group

SCOPE 1 and SCOPE 2 CO₂ Emissions of the Nichirei Group

  • *Calculated based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Outside the Group

To prevent global warming, it is important to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole value chain, not just within the corporate group.
Preliminary investigations have shown that the Group’s GHG emissions across the value chain (Scope 3) is larger than Scope 1 + Scope 2 emissions. Emissions are particularly large in the raw materials procurement and the outsourced logistics categories. The Group will work to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain, such as by promoting modal shifts in cooperation with suppliers.

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Initiatives

Long-term Environmental Goals and Low-carbon Policies

We will implement low-carbon policies in response to one of the material matters and in pursuit of our long-term environmental goals. We will actively implement the three measures during the 10-year span extending from 2021 through 2030.

Having endorsed TCFD recommendations,
the Nichirei Group is promoting the following low-carbon policies
Pillar of low-carbon policy Overview Target scope
1. The establishment of long-term CO₂ reduction goals 30% reduction in CO₂ emissions (compared to fiscal 2016) in Japan, Scope 1 and 2 in 2030 Japan
Scope 1 and 2
2. The promotion of CO₂ reduction countermeasures overseas ・ Promote data collection and other efforts at overseas worksites
・ Review and promote CO₂ reduction countermeasures at overseas worksites
Overseas
Scope 1 and 2
3. The promotion of CO₂ reduction countermeasures within Scope 3 ・ Promote data collection and other efforts within Scope 3
・ Review and promote CO₂ reduction countermeasures within Scope 3
Scope3

Nichirei Group CO₂ Emission Trends

  • *1Fixed power emission coefficient: The CO₂ emission intensity unit of 0.412 [t-CO₂/MWh] announced by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan in FY2010, used nationwide.
  • *2Variable power emission coefficient: Power conversion coefficient used by power companies in fiscal year utilized at each worksite.
  • *3Scope of power emission intensity: Nichirei Foods (Nichirei Foods-operated factories and affiliated factories in Japan) and Nichirei Fresh (affiliated factories in Japan). Excluding the following factories: Nichirei Foods: Nichirei Ice Inc.; Nichirei Fresh: Nichirei Fresh Farm Inc., Fresh Chicken Karumai Inc., Fresh Meat Sakudaira Inc.
Initiatives in Production Regions Suppression of Methane Gas Emissions by Cattle (Nichirei Fresh)

Ruminants, such as cattle and sheep, are known for their production of methane gas, which has 21 times the greenhouse effects of CO₂. The gas is produced in their stomachs, released internally when their food is broken down and digested, and then release externally. Since prevention of global warming has become a worldwide issue, Nichirei is undertaking the suppression of methane gas emissions produced by cattle.
The hydrogen generated by the activity of microbes in the rumen (the first stomach) during the digestive process is turned into methane gas by methanogen, and released externally through burps. If cattle are given flaxseed oil fatty acid calcium*1, the hydrogen in their rumen combines with the unsaturated fatty acids in the oil to form saturated fatty acids. Since research results show that methane gas production can be suppressed, to this end Nichirei has been testing crossbred cattle (male Wagyu and female dairy cattle) on domestic farms since FY2010.
Using Kyoto University’s life-cycle assessment (LCA)*2 method developed in 2010 to gauge fattening methods, Nichirei has been able to confirm that the environmental impact of these crossbred cattle is 10% less than when conventional fattening methods are used. Further, there is an improved omega balance*3, while feed costs are lower due to the shorter fattening period resulting from improved growth*4. Nichirei is now moving toward the sale of beef produced through a nationwide rearing program using flaxseed oil fatty acid calcium. In addition to cross-breeding, Nichirei is also expanding this production method to crossbred Wagyu and Holstein cattle (bulls).

Methane Gas Production

Evaluation of Impact on Global Environment

  • *1 Flaxseed oil fatty acid calcium: A fusion of calcium with the oil extracted from flax seeds rich in alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid).
  • *2 Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the technique of comprehensively analyzing and assessing a product’s environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle, from the raw materials, manufacture and distribution, through to disposal.
  • *3Omega balance: The balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are particularly important essential fatty acids for the human body.
  • *4This results from the development of low-cost techniques for cattle production, based on a superior balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and the subsequently reduced environmental impact. Source: Ibaraki Prefecture Hitachiomiya Regional Agricultural Research and Promulgation Conference report, 2011.
Reducing Container and Packaging CO₂ Emissions

Since 2006, Nichirei Foods Inc. has been striving to reduce the amount of plastic used for commercial frozen food product containers and packaging.
Most recently, the efforts have succeeded for containers and packaging used for seven target items. Some 200 tons less is now used compared with the amount previously used. Nichirei is still working to cut back the amount of plastic it uses to reduce even further its discharge of CO₂.

Past Plastic Reduction Initiatives
Fiscal year Products Measures
Since FY2007 Imagawa-Yaki(Japanese waffle) Elimination of trays
Since FY2010 Yaki-Onigiri(grilled rice ball) 10-pack Elimination of trays
Since FY2012 Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han(fried rice) Thinner packaging
Since FY2015 Yaki-Onigiri(grilled rice ball) 10-pack Thinner packaging
Since FY2016 Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han(fried rice) Thinner packaging (second time)
Since FY2019 Ebi-Pilaf(shrimp pilaf) andChicken-Rice(chicken rice) Thinner packaging
Since FY2020 Ebi-to-Cheese-no Gratin(shrimp gratin) andEbi-to-Cheese-no Doria(shrimp rice gratin) Thinner trays, reduced tray handle width
Initiatives at Food Factories

Factories at Nichirei Foods are equipped with refrigeration and cold storage facilities.
High-efficiency equipment was previously installed in an attempt to conduct more thorough operations management. In FY2015, an analysis of data from all factories was conducted, operational issues were extracted, and measures were implemented to improve those issues. Outcomes from verifications conducted at a number of factories have been expanded to other factories.
In FY2018, in addition to reducing energy consumption by relocating food factory lines, consolidating and reviewing manufacturing processes, adjusting boiler-related operations and undertaking other energy-saving activities, Nichirei Foods also adjusted the amount of hot water used for washing and updated the air conditioning. Through various initiatives at its factories, the company is reducing its CO₂ emissions intensity.

Fuel Conversion from Liquid Fuel (Fuel Oil, Kerosene) to Municipal Gas and LPG

Nichirei is in the process of converting to municipal gas and LPG, which have low CO₂ emission rates compared with fuel oil and kerosene.
In FY2013, Nichirei transitioned from using fuel oil to municipal gas to run the boilers at the Nagasaki plant, later implementing the same change at its Funabashi and Yamagata plants. Along with fuel conversion, the switch to high-efficiency equipment and the promotion of energy-saving activities have resulted in substantial reductions of CO₂ emissions.

Utilizing Waste Heat

Nichirei Foods Inc. is using high-temperature, high-pressure steam to heat the oil in deep fryer equipment installed at its Funabashi No. 2 Plant. The drainage produced by this kind of steam is normally collected and then emitted as is, without using the flash steam that forms when it is exposed to the air. Nichirei Foods, however, installed a system for collecting the flash steam, with a view to reusing it in preprocessing steamers. The system releases the high-temperature, high-pressure drainage into a collection tank, returns the high-temperature drainage down an existing route using a pump, and sends the resultant flash steam to the preprocessing steamer via a pipe so that it can be used. Use of this system has enabled the company to reduce the amount of steam used in its steamers, and cut CO₂ emissions by 21 tons per year.

Greening Initiatives

Nichirei’s CO₂ reduction initiatives include developing CO₂ sinks and reducing emissions. In addition to managing green spaces on its properties, it participates in planting trees and flowers and weeding together with its neighbors.

  • Greening of the Kansai plantGreening of the Kansai plant
  • Greening of the Kansai plant
Initiatives in Cold Storage Facilities and Logistics Centers
Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Initiatives

Preventing Refrigerant Leaks to Boost Operating Efficiency

The Nichirei Logistics Group is stringently checking equipment to reduce refrigerant leaks at all domestic centers.
In FY2014, the Group installed high-sensitivity detectors, which are 10 times more accurate than those previously used, and can detect even minor leaks. By managing the amount of refrigerant used and eliminating leaks, the Group can achieve near-optimum equipment functioning. At the same time, the Group is working to avoid the unnecessary use of electricity. The Group has non-regular staff carry out inspections, since they notice energy-saving points that regular staff may overlook. Energy-saving inspections of the entire center are conducted in parallel with the refrigerant checks as both contribute to CO₂ reduction and the prevention of global warming.
Since September 2018, the Nichirei Logistics Group has been conducting a joint demonstration in collaboration with Hitachi, Ltd. at Funabashi DC, utilizing state-of-the-art IoT technology for the early diagnosis of faults in refrigeration equipment and to improve the efficiency of equipment operations and maintenance. Visualizing energy consumption and analyzing operational improvements will assist the high-efficiency operation of cold storage facilities and will help reduce CO₂ emissions.

  • Preventing Refrigerant Leaks to Boost Operating Efficiency

Conceptual Diagram of Joint Demonstration

Conceptual Diagram of Joint Demonstration

Use of Natural Refrigerants

At its cold storage facilities, the Nichirei Logistics Group is promoting a switch from refrigeration equipment using hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) to that using natural refrigerants. As a matter of policy, the Group chooses natural refrigerants when building new cold storage warehouses and extensions to facilities.

Example of Switch to Refrigeration Equipment Using Natural Refrigerants
Fiscal Year Facilities Upgraded to Natural Refrigerant Equipment Program Providing a Subsidy for Upgrade
FY2014 Logistics Network Sugito TC Subsidies for businesses that rationalize energy usage
FY2015 ・Nichirei Logistics Kansai Sakishima DC
・SCG Nichirei Logistics Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
FY2016 ・・Logistics Network Funabashi DC 8th
Expansion Building
・Nichirei Logistics Tokai Shiratori DC 8th
Expansion Building
Program for applying advanced technologies to promote wider application of equipment using energy-saving natural refrigerant
FY2017 ・Nichirei Logistics Chushikoku
Takamatsu-Nishi DC 2nd Building
・Nichirei Logistics Tokai Haruhi DC 2nd
Building
・Logistics Network Funabashi DC 4th and
9th Building
Program for applying advanced technologies to promote wider application of equipment using energy-saving natural refrigerant
FY2018 ・Nichirei Logistics Tohoku
Sendai DC 1st Building
・Nichirei Logistics Tohoku
Morioka DC 2nd Building
・Nichirei Logistics Kanto
Mito DC 1st Building
Project to promote energy-efficient commercial refrigeration and air conditioning, for the creation of a CFC-free society
FY2019 ・Nichirei Logistics Kyushu
Kagoshima Futo DC 1st Building
Project to Accelerate Introduction of Energy Saving-Type Natural Refrigerant Equipment To Realize Fluorocarbon-Free and Low Carbon Society
FY2020 ・Nichirei Logistics Hokkaido
Sapporo Oyachi DC 2nd Building
・Nichirei Logistics Tokai
Haruhi DC 1st Building
・Nichirei Logistics Kansai
Osaka Shinnanko DC 2nd Building
Project to Accelerate Introduction of Energy Saving-Type Natural Refrigerant Equipment To Realize Fluorocarbon-Free and Low Carbon Society
Receives Special Review Committee Award

Nichirei Logistics Engineering Inc. (representative director, president: Tsutomu Ito), which handles engineering operations for Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., won the Special Review Committee Award in the 22nd Protect the Ozone Layer, Prevent Global Warming Awards sponsored by the NK Industrial Research Institute, operated by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd.
The award was received on September 12, 2019, in recognition of efforts to reduce CFC leaks and environmental impacts through the use of systems that predict and diagnose refrigerant leaks.
In addition to further reducing our environmental footprint and responding to customer demands, we plan to better oversee refrigeration equipment maintenance and repair plan proposals, so as to provide overall support that includes recommendations for energy conservation and cost reduction through low-price purchasing.

Receives Special Review Committee Award
Initiatives in Transportation and Delivery Optimal Logistics for CO₂ Reduction

Nichirei Group cutting logistics-related CO₂ emissions Shipping-related CO₂ emission cuts seen as important priority.
The Eco Ship Mark is a sign that the company contributes to environmental measures. It can only be used by shippers and logistics firms certified as using a minimum percentage of marine transportation. Prioritizing the reduction of CO₂ emissions during the transportation and delivery of products, Nichirei Foods has obtained Eco Ship Mark certification.
During FY2018, despite having promoted a modal shift from trucks to rail for some of its transportation from factories in Hokkaido to Kanto and for some of its transportation from Kanto to Hiroshima, an increase in sales volume resulted in an increase in CO₂ emissions compared to the previous fiscal year. In FY2019, Nichirei Foods will promote a reduction in domestic transportation distances by changing the unloading ports for foreign imports, and will promote a greater use of rail by reviewing its logistics bases.
The Nichirei Logistics Group believes that contributing to the lives of consumers by shipping food is its most important duty. Using the best logistical solutions, such as transfer center functions and joint shipping, it is undertaking to provide consumers with optimal logistical efficiency, while also reducing CO₂ emissions. In addition, to increase shipping efficiency the Group is reducing the number of trucks it uses. This it can do thanks to increased loading efficiency, the improved circulation of vehicles, and reduced downtime. The change reflects a softening of delivery requirements (shipping timeslots, locations), which result in reduced CO₂ emissions.

CO₂ Emissions and Intensity during Transportation of Products by Nichirei Foods

  • *The method for calculating energy consumption was changed from the ton-kilometer method to the fuel method.
Eliminating CO₂Emissions from Transportation Promoting a modal shift1

Since 2003, in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint, the Nichirei Logistics Group has been switching the means of transportation it uses from haulage by road to that by rail and sea. And, in 2009, the ferry transportation route from Hokkaido to Kyushu was extended, resulting in a 30% reduction2 in CO₂ emissions.

Notes:
  • 1.The conversion of road and air transportation by that by rail and sea.
  • 2.The 30% reduction in CO₂ emissions due to modal shifts in Japan is based on per-route calculations.
  • 3.An institution administered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and other bodies that awards excellent initiatives that promote CO₂ reduction in the logistics field.
  • 4.3PL:Third-Party Logistics

Comparison of total transportation distances

illustration of Comparison of total transportation distances

Activities with European Logistics

The Nichirei Logistics Group’s overseas business began with its expansion into the Netherlands in 1988. As of March 2020, Nichirei Holding Holland B.V. has eight companies—including cold storage facilities and low temperature shipping businesses—and is expanding from its hub in Rotterdam. Logistics in Europe center on shipping by truck, reflecting the advanced state of the local infrastructure. During the past few years, a modal shift has been promoted in the interests of the environment, resulting in a transition from highway truck transportation to maritime and railway transportation, making it possible to ship large volumes of goods. Mostly, when a containership docks at Rotterdam, the containers are offloaded and trucked to a warehouse. With containerships are getting progressively larger, and it is now possible to fit 9,000 forty-foot* containers on the larger vessels. Shipping these by truck would mean using 9,000 trucks, which would generate large amounts of CO₂.
Holland’s Hiwa Rotterdam Port Cold Stores B.V. uses river barges to reduce its CO₂ emissions when moving containers from the container yard to their warehouses. With up to 25 containers piled on one barge, some 3.5 tons less CO₂ is produced than were 25 trucks used to transfer the containers. Currently there are two barge vessels in the Netherlands that have their own container cranes. Both of them are working for HIWA.
At Transports Godfroy in France, the environmental initiatives of its shipping business include introducing eco-driving training for its drivers in FY2012. Meanwhile, the social contribution activities of its shipping business include the donation to charities—of course with the permission of the consigners—of goods it has had in storage that are past their use-by date.

  • *40 feet = 12.192 meters
  • Hiwa Rotterdam Port Cold Stores B.V.Hiwa Rotterdam Port Cold Stores B.V.
  • River bargeRiver barge
Eco-driving Seminars, Tournaments Boost Driver Awareness

The Nichirei Logistics Group has formed a national network of affiliated transportation and delivery companies, and encourages them to obtain Green Management Certification.
In an effort to improve the quality of shipping by these companies, Logistics Network holds driver tournaments and eco-driving seminars at six locations across the country each year. In the driver tournaments, truck drivers compete against each other for points, which are accumulated from practical exams on general inspections and written tests covering basic safety and quality rules related to shipping services offered to customers.
These tournaments help the participants improve the safety of shipping services, maintain the high quality of those services, gain inspection skills, and increase their awareness of safe driving, while at the same time giving each individual pride in their work and a sense of social responsibility. The seventh national tournament was held in FY2020 with a view to further improve shipping quality.
In addition, Logistics Network began a full-fledged initiative in FY2015 for using pallets in its main shipping operations and establishing services with fixed arrival and departure times. The downtime at bases and time spent loading were vastly reduced, which led to an improvement in the work environment of long-haul drivers. In addition, the fact that vehicles were idle for less time led to their having less of an environmental impact.

  • Driver contestDriver contest
Green Management Certification

(NK Trans is working to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities to better co-exist with society as a transportation business. It thus considers environmental conservation to be part of its corporate social responsibility.
In addition to complying with such environment-related laws and regulations as pollution prevention ordinances, NK Trans promotes eco-driving and use of the idle-stop system, in addition to the use of low-emission vehicles, and compliance with the relevant waste disposal laws.
As a result, the Numazu Logistics Center obtained green management certification in January 2012, while the Niiza Office (transportation) obtained it in March 2014. Kyokurei’s main office and logistics centers (in the Tokyo districts of Yamashita, Daikoku, Atsugi, and Nakai) have obtained Green Management Certification, as have all distribution centers of Kyokurei Operation.

  • * Green management certification: The certifying organization, the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation, conducts evaluations, certification, and registration of workplaces that carry out initiatives above a certain level, as defined in the Green Management Promotion Manual, published by Japan’s Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation.
Driver Advance Reservation System

https://www.nichirei.co.jp/news/2017/298.html(Japanese only)

At distribution centers, truck arrivals tend to be concentrated at the same times. Being uncertain of what cargo is onboard further complicates the loading and unloading, and drivers have to wait around for long periods of time, which becomes a social problem.
To alleviate and eliminate this problem of trucks being on standby, the Nichirei Logistics Group began operating the Driver Advance Reservation System in October 2017. By using the system, trucks (shipper or shipping company) can reserve their preferred time against available loading/unloading times set for each distribution center. Details of the loaded cargo are also sent to the distribution center in advance, which means that the checking of orders by shipping companies, which used to be done once the truck had arrived, can now be performed ahead of time. This facilitates loading and unloading operations, which in turn, shortens the hours that each truck is on the road, and ultimately leads to a reduction in CO₂ emissions. Starting with the Logistics Network’s Sugito DC and Osaka Futo DC, the system will be gradually rolled out to other distribution centers.

Corporate Collaboration for More Efficient Energy Consumption

The Nichirei Logistics Group is working to reduce electricity consumption during product storage, as well as CO₂ emissions and fuel consumption for transportation and production by increasing the efficiency, across the board, of the supply chain involved in logistics, production, and storage.
Thus, both Nichirei Foods and Hokkaido Foods, one of the former’s sub-contractors, secured safety stock in order to prevent inventory shortages and the only partial sharing of information. In addition, the business fluctuations in production and shipping caused by sales resulted in a major burden for both companies’ supply chains.
In FY2010, The Nichirei Logistics Group took over control of Hokkaido Foods’ logistics and introduced several improvements. The result of their study of the business fluctuations of the logistics side of business, which had been an ongoing problem right from the beginning, led to a suggestion that there be collaborative management between three companies. This would cover operational information, sales plans, re-stocking and inventory plans, production plans, and even shipping plans, aimed at leveling out logistics. FY2012 saw the start of the three companies’ improvement project begin. In October of 2012, it went into full operation, and improvement activities continue to this day.

Three Companies Collaborate for Cut Costs, Improve Shipping

 Three Companies Collaborate for Cut Costs, Improve Shipping

Renewable Energy
Purchase of Green Energy

As it promotes the use of renewable energy, the Nichirei Group has installed solar power generation equipment in plants, refrigerated warehouses and other facilities, while purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).* Each year since 2007, we have purchased certificates worth one million kilowatt hours (kWh) in biomass-generated power.
In addition, since March 2020, Nichirei Foods has purchased ten million kWh worth of RECs to cover all the electricity used to power production lines for Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han (fried rice).

  • *These represent units of environmental value (e.g., the reduction of CO₂ emissions resulting from the generation of electricity by using renewable energy sources) that can be bought and traded, allowing certificate owners to claim to have purchased electricity generated using renewable energy sources (offsetting).
Solar Power Generation

The Nichirei Group has installed solar power generation equipment at all its Group companies. In FY2020, the equipment generated 2,068,000 kWh of electricity and helped reduce CO₂ emissions by 1,003 tons.

Nichirei Foods ・Funabashi Plant
・Nichirei Ice Inc.
Nichirei Logistics Group ・Sugito DC
・Matsue DC
・Kushiro DC
・Sakishima DC
・Kyokurei Inc. Daikoku DC
Nichirei Biosciences ・Global Innovation Center
  • Sakishima DCSakishima DC
  • Matsue DCMatsue DC
  • Kushiro DCKushiro DC
Initiatives at Head Office, and Offices

The Nichirei Group uses energy-saving equipment in its buildings, conserves energy in its offices, and uses low-emission vehicles. At its head office building, the Group has a policy of changing room temperatures and lighting levels, and ensuring that lights are turned off. In addition, the Group introduced the use of hybrid vehicles at its operating branches, began using electric vehicles at its food plants and cold storage centers on a trial basis, and uses these vehicles to transportation customers.

In June 2011, Nichirei introduced demand controllers to monitor electricity consumption in real-time at its technology development center. The upper limit of electricity consumption can now be controlled during periods of high demand. Controllers are also used to curb the use of air conditioners, and to evaluate the operation of storage testing warehouses used for preservation testing and the cold or frozen storage of raw ingredients and test products during the summer.
As part of its yearlong initiatives Nichirei is conducting more thorough operations management of the boilers that create the steam used in its food processing equipment.

Initiatives in Retail Stores and Customer-related Areas
Activities of Industry Organizations

As part of its activities to avert climate change, the Nichirei Group is a member of industry organizations, and collaborates in those organizations’ measures for creating a low-carbon society. Nichirei and Nichirei Foods are full members of the Japan Frozen Food Association, and Nichirei Logistics Group Inc. and the main subsidiaries of the Nichirei Logistics Group are members of the Japan Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.

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Basic Philosophy

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Goals and Priority Challenges toward FY2021

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Medium-term Targets and Results

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Prevention of Global Warming

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Promotion of Sustainable Recycling of Resources

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Water Resource Conservation

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Material Balance

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ISO 14001 Certification, etc.

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Environmental Audits

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Environmental Accounting

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Status of Environment-related Incidents, Legal Violations

In FY2020, there were no legal violations or environment-related incidents,...

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Ecology Committee Leads Environmental Resource Management

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Basic Philosophy

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Management System

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Priority Challenges for FY2021 (focus on business activities)

・ Procure materials produced or caught in consideration of sustainable util...

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Sustainable Procurement in Symbiosis with Nature and Neighborhoods

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Efforts for MSC/ASC-certified Materials

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Antibiotic-free Chicken

Antibiotic-free Chicken https://www.nichireifresh.co.jp/product/livestoc...

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Suppression of Methane Gas Emissions by Cattle

Suppression of methane gas emissions by cattle

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Initiatives for Energy and Climate Change

Basic CSR Policy

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Management System

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Initiatives for Water Resource Conservation

Basic CSR Policy

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Management System

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

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Biodiversity Policy

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As “living in symbiosis with nature” is one of the three priorities of the ...

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Initiatives

Collaboration with WWF Indonesia and WWF Japan Promoting Biodiversity Conse...

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Protecting Endangered Orchids, Biodiversity Conservation

https://www.nichirei.co.jp/english/csr/environment/action/office ...

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Emissions into the Atmosphere

Management System

The Nichirei Group manages and stores PRTR substances and PCBs (polychlorin...

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Emissions into the Atmosphere

Initiatives

Reduction of NOx, SOx, and PM Emissions Nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur ...

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Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Basic Philosophy

Established as an environmental initiative, the Nichirei Group’s Environmen...

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Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Management System

Environmental management system

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Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Initiatives

The amount of waste discharged outside worksites in FY2018 was 45,200 tons,...

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Initiatives in Products and Services

Basic Philosophy

Committed to manufacturing and service solutions that are conscious of mini...

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Initiatives in Products and Services

Management System

Environmental management system

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Initiatives in Products and Services

Initiatives

Suppression of Methane Gas Emissions by Cattle (Nichirei Fresh) Suppre...

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Processing Environmental Complaints

Basic Philosophy

Based on the management principle below, each Nichirei Group company commun...

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Processing Environmental Complaints

Management System

The Group accepts a range of inquiries via telephone, letter, and online po...

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Long-term CO₂ emission reduction target

Long-term CO₂ emission reduction target

Nichirei Corporation is expanding their business globally in a wide range o...

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TCFD

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TCFD

Reduce Environmental Impact
TCFD

Reduce Environmental Impact
TCFD

Reduce Environmental Impact
TCFD