At Sun Chlorella, we are working on company-wide actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2 in order to protect the environment of the Earth, to be able to hand it over to the children of the future.
In April 2015, we registered our endorsement for the “Fun to Share” movement, aiming for a low-carbon society.
1. Carbon Offset
We are trying to grow a birch forest on the land that overlooks the Kushiro marshland in Hokkaido, by managing the forest health through proper thinning, and continually increasing the absorption rate of greenhouse gases. Carbon offsets were made at the Sun Chlorella Classic Golf Tournament in 2011 and 2012 using the CO2 emission rights that were created by this forest thinning project.
2. Support of Tree Planting
Since 2004, we regularly cooperate with tree planting efforts such as hard-to-root windbreak forests, etc., on Hokkaido’s Rebun Island, which is the northernmost island within Japan’s administrative authority.
3. Cool Biz, Warm Biz
Starting in 2005, we implemented the Cool Biz and Warm Biz power conservation initiatives throughout the company. We strive to reduce CO2 by setting the room temperature to 28° C during cooling and to 20° C or less during heating.
4. Use of Car Sharing
By using car sharing for company vehicles, we contribute to reducing the environmental burden by saving energy and reducing emissions.
5. Reduction Activities
Since 2008, as part of our reduction activity, we started minimizing our use of fluorescent lights, and started measuring and analyzing the power usage of the entire company, including the usage of the copier for each floor. After that, we reported the usage situation data to employees, and asked them to participate in energy saving, contributing to the reduction of electricity consumption. In addition, as a result of efforts towards double-sided printing, monochrome printing, and paperless exercise from participating departments, the amount of copy paper used has also been dramatically reduced. We also started collecting reusable stationery, organizing documents that can be converted into data, and started reuse activities to reuse the files. In 2015, we worked on replacing air conditioning and lighting equipment, visualizing and automatically controlling the amount of electricity consumption by introducing an energy management system (EMS), and as a result, the remarkable achievement of our activities was recognized as a “Success Case to Promote Corporate Energy Conservation Activities” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in FY 2017. (There was a 44.1% reduction in energy consumption due to equipment replacement and EMS introduction efforts.)
Since 2009, we have been separating business waste that would have been incinerated into cardboard, used paper, and newspaper, and recycling them. Currently, we recycle all recyclable papers, plastic bottle caps, iron and aluminum, etc.
7. Establishment of Environmental CSR Management System
In 2011, we set up the “Environmental CSR Division” in order to address systematic environmental problems, and established the environmental CSR management system through a committee consisting of each executive officer and the person in charge of each department. In 2016, we integrated it into the “Brand Communications Department,” and we are making more active efforts.