Initiatives to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions
Transition to Renewable Energy
In light of the current situation that the majority of the Group’s GHG emissions are from electricity consumption, we think it is important to focus GHG emissions reduction initiatives on electricity consumption.
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores replaced all the electricity used in the head office (Koto-ku, Tokyo) and the Daimaru Shinsaibashi store with renewable energy in March 2019 and September 2019, respectively. In fiscal year 2019, this transition to renewable electricity is expected to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 240 t-CO2 in the head office compared to fiscal year 2017, which is the base year, and by approximately 7,000 t-CO2 in the Daimaru Shinsaibashi store*1 compared to fiscal year 2015 before rebuilding.
Parco transitioned to renewable energy in Chofu Parco and Ikebukuro Parco (P’Parco) in October 2019. In fiscal year 2019, this transition to renewable electricity is expected to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 1,900 t-CO2 in Chofu Parco and by approximately 750 t-CO2 in Ikebukuro Parco (P’Parco) compared to fiscal year 2017, which is the base year.
Going forward, mainly Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores and Parco will transition to renewable electricity in their main stores in the Tokyo, Kansai, and Chubu areas. The Group is also considering joining the “RE100 (Renewable Energy 100%)*2” by the end of fiscal year 2020.
*1 The building structure is not the same because the main building was rebuilt.
*2 Global initiative that promotes corporate sourcing of 100% renewable energy
Flagship store for promoting ESG initiatives: New main building, Daimaru Shinsaibashi store
The new main building of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi store which opened on September 20, 2019, is designated as the flagship store to promote ESG initiatives. It engages in various activities to “contribute to a low-carbon society”.
The CO2 emissions from the new main building of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi store in fiscal year 2020 will be approximately 7,000 t-CO2 less compared* to the former main building (in fiscal year 2015). It uses 100% renewable energy for all power needs, and LED units were installed in all lighting fixtures.
The new rooftop area and 7th floor terrace are utilized for active greenification initiatives. The rooftop will be used for keeping honeybees in a green area. 70 cars and vans owned as company fleet will be gradually replaced by electric vehicles.
*The building structure is different because it was rebuilt.
New Shibuya Parco―environmentally friendly next generation building
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism chose Shibuya Parco, scheduled to open on November 22, 2019, as a “Leading project for sustainable building initiative (CO2 reduction initiative)” for the following features: (1) Attractive outdoor space including roof top square and multi-level pathways; (2) Proactive installation of high-efficiency energy system including a cogeneration system (CGS) (*1); and (3) Use of digital communication technology to promote efficient energy use. In addition to installing the latest equipment and fixtures, we also “visualized” energy efficiency for energy management systems so as to make it a multi-purpose commercial space showcasing efficient energy use with lower CO2 emissions.
*1 Cogeneration system (CGS): System that simultaneously produces and supplies electricity and heat from a single energy source.
Promoting the installation of high energy efficient equipments and LED lightning
The Group adopts various energy saving measures to reduce CO2 emissions and prevent global warming. High energy efficient equipments are installed on the occasions of facility replacement, store renovation and new store opening.
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores strives to reduce electricity consumption and CO2 emissions by replacing existing lighting with LED units. A total of approximately 205,000 LED lighting units, which account for approximately 48% of total, were installed during the period from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2018 and all of approximately 430,000 relevant lighting fixtures will be replaced with LED units by fiscal year 2025.
Installing solar panels
At the Daimaru Kyoto store, a solar panel (rated output: 10kW), which is 11 meters long and 6.6 meters wide, was installed behind the peacock bronze sculpture. It is expected to generate approximately 6,000 kWh of electricity per year, which powers digital signage and external signs.
Ginza Six was certified as an “Urban Oasis” under SEGES
In October 2017, the rooftop garden of Ginza Six “Ginza Six Garden” was certified as an “Urban Oasis” under the “SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System)” (administered by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure), which recognizes comfortable and attractive urban green areas.
The Ginza’s largest about 4,000-square-meter rooftop garden “Ginza Six Garden” is located on the roof of the about 56-meter-high building with 13 floors above ground. A green area of approximately 2,200 square meters, which accounts for about 56% of the rooftop garden, was newly created. Our large-scale greening efforts in the prime downtown location were highly recognized and we obtained such certification.
(Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System)
A system to recognize and certify outstanding green areas of the companies that contribute to society and the environment through greening activities
Promotion of Eco Driving
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores replaced 111 company cars out of a total of 439 cars with EVs by March 2020. We will switch all company cars to EVs at the time of replacement to reduce CO2 emissions.
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores has adopted the “telematics” system (mobile telecommunication system) for the external sales vehicles of the Out-of-Store Sales Divisions of Daimaru and Matsuzakaya stores since September 2011. The “telematics” system digitizes the driving status of persons in charge including excess speed, abrupt acceleration/deceleration and gas mileage. The safe operation committee holds a meeting every month and the stores that adopt the system use the data of “telematics” system to help improve fuel economy, implement eco driving, which emits less CO2, and drive safely. (As of February 2020, directly managed stores and Hakata Daimaru and Kochi Daimaru have installed the system.)
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores and associated department stores are replacing old vehicles with fuel-efficient and low-emission ones in accordance with the external sales vehicles management rules to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions.
The Out-of-Store Sales Division of the Matsuzakaya Nagoya store, which operates 130 external sales vehicles (in March 2020), uses the telematics system and provides the members who drive vehicles with eco driving training during safe driving training sessions and asks them to write their own approach to driving by themselves in the “Environmental and Social Activities Pocket Manual” as a part of ISO education to raise awareness.
In recognition of these efforts, they were given an award for excellence in the general category of the “Eco-Drive Activity Contest” held by the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation in 2016.
Installed electric vehicle charging stations
Angel Park and the Daimaru Shinsaibashi and Matsuzakaya Nagoya stores of Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores in the Group installed electric vehicle charging stations to help reduce CO2 emissions. Angel Park installed two electric vehicle charging stands (200V) in the south parking area of Angel Park, one in the north parking area, and one in the parking area of Yaba Park.