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ESG-related Initiatives: Environment
Environmental Conservation Activities

The Yamada Denki Group considers that coexistence with the global environment is the basis of sustainable growth of our society and economy. In line with this understanding, Yamada Denki actively engages in efforts for environmental protection through its main business, trying to reduce the environmental impact in its business operations.

Environmental Management

In August 2010, Yamada Denki established Environmental Policy that indicates the company's basic stance concerning environmental activities, and has been making efforts, while keeping in mind this Environmental Policy and ISO14001 certification as its concrete code of conduct.

Yamada Denki's Environmental Policy(Established in August 2010)

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1. We comply with laws and regulations related to the environment and operate businesses with regard to our responsibility of global environmental protection and mitigation of environmental impact.

2. We identify the environmental impact of all of our business activities and make consistent efforts to reduce environmental impact and to prevent pollution.

3. Through our core businesses, we promote services and the sale of products that contribute to society-wide efforts to protect the global environment.

4. Through environmental education, we let each individual voluntarily act for the better environment on their own responsibility.

5. Having partnerships with our customers and local communities, we promote activities for environmental protection and actively disclose information.

Major Activities in Fiscal 2017

 In our business operation, we view environmental issues as an important agenda and promote the sale of home appliances and the provision of services that have energy-saving functions and good environmental performance, and also promote the reuse and recycling business of home appliances.
 In fiscal 2017, as our initiatives for the reduction of environmental impact through our business, we continued to promote the smart house business and the reuse and recycling business of home appliances and PCs, which was realized under the collaboration among our group companies (CIC, Azuma Metal, and INVERSENET). Furthermore, We use quantitative target management for environmental activities in each store based on ISO14001 environmental management system certification obtained for the Takasaki headquarters, and endeavor to reduce environmental impact. The progress is reported at the weekly meeting of the Subcommittee on Environmental Measures and is disclosed on our website.

▶ Major Activities and Status of Achievement in Fiscal 2017
Major Activities Goal for Fiscal 2017 Achievement for FY2017
(up to March 31, 2018)
Reduction of
environmental impact
through core business
Reuse of home appliances
(TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers)
128,937 units 104,635 units
Reuse of PCs 339,050 units 333,533 units
CO2 emission reduction:
30,028.6 t
CO2 emission reduction:
29,477.5 t
CO2 emission reduction through the collection, recycling of used ink cartridges, and sale of refilled ink cartridges 1,000,000 pieces 981,993 pieces
CO2 emission reduction:
75.5 t
CO2 emission reduction:
74.1 t
Reduction of environmental impact through business activities CO2 emission reduction at stores in which demand controllers are installed*1 Lower than 95.2%
compared to the fiscal 2016 level
CO2 emission reduction:
1,152.9 t
CO2 emission reduction:
8,656.2 t
Volume of green power introduced (headquarters building)*1 Lower than 95.3%
compared to the fiscal 2016 level
CO2 emission reduction:
5,430.7 t
CO2 emission reduction:
5,196.8 t
Volume of green power introduced (excluding headquarters)*1 Lower than 95.6%
compared to the fiscal 2016 level
CO2 emission reduction:
1,014.9 t
CO2 emission reduction:
1,005.0 t
CO2 emission reduction by photovoltaic power generation (Takasaki and Senri)*2 6.055 t 6.449 t
CO2 emission reduction with power generated by photovoltaic power generation system installed on store roofs Power generated:
42,177,122 kWh
Power generated:
46,383,452 kWh
CO2 emission reduction through enhancement of distribution efficiency 90.53t-CO2

*1 CO2 emission coefficient: 0.55 kg-CO2/kWh
*2 Calculated using the coefficient of 314.5 g-CO2/kWh based on estimated annual power generation in representative areas

Reduction of Environmental Impact throughout the Product Lifecycle

 The Yamada Denki Group facilitates environmentally-sustainable efforts by customers and society-wide efforts to reduce environmental impact by supporting households' efforts for energy conservation, energy creation and energy storage through the sale of energy-efficient home appliances and photovoltaic power generation systems, and also by establishing systems to recycle and reuse used home appliances.

Reuse of Home Appliances and PCs

 The Yamada Denki Group started the reuse business concerning home appliances in fiscal 2001, and the reuse and recycling business concerning personal computers in fiscal 2007.

 In fiscal 2017, we handled around 100,000 units of home appliances (TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers) and around 330,000 units of PCs in the reuse business. In order to enable customers to reuse used home appliances without worries, we have established original recycling systems for cleaning used appliances and checking their functions as well as offering a 24-month guarantee at the longest upon selling them, in collaboration with CIC, a group company. Meanwhile, we provide personal computer reuse and recycling services together with INVERSENET.

Recycling of Ink Cartridges and Mobile Phones

 Yamada Denki is promoting recycling by installing ink cartridge collection boxes in each store. We make donations using funds obtained through the collection of cartridges (10 yen per cartridge). In fiscal 2017, we collected around 0.98 million cartridges and donated 7,047,390 yen to the Foundation for Orphans from Automobile Accidents. We will continue this initiative, thereby promoting such activities as offering support for disadvantaged children, assisting the creation of a sound material-cycle society, and reducing waste and CO2 emissions through the reuse of empty ink cartridges. Additionally, we collect used mobile phones in cooperation with our group company, INVERSENET, and extract rare metals therefrom, aiming to contribute to stable supply of rare metals.

CO2 Emissions from the Use of Electricity

 The Yamada Denki Group has continuously tried to reduce CO2 emissions from business activities.

Waste

 We properly dispose of waste from stores and used home appliances recollected from customers that are not subject to the Act on Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances in accordance with relevant laws.

 We also properly disposed of waste in compliance with relevant laws and regulations in fiscal 2017.

Environmental Consideration in Business Operations

 Yamada Denki has been promoting activities to reduce CO2 emissions and other environmental impact at stores and in the process of logistics.

Conclusion of Partnership Agreement on Household Energy Conservation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

 Yamada Denki concluded a partnership agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to further promote household energy conservation. As the first specific initiative under the agreement, we have been offering cooperation for a campaign to promote an energy saving movement among households through a shift to LED bulbs since March 2018.

 We consider that coexistence with the global environment is the basis of sustainable growth of our society and economy. Therefore, as our efforts to reduce environmental impact through business operation, we have been promoting energy conservation, energy creation and energy storage at homes and have been placing the emphasis on the reuse and recycling business of used home appliances and smart house business, thereby assisting customers' environmental protection activities and contributing to the reduction of environmental impact of society as a whole.

 Starting with the cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's initiative, we will further endeavor to create a general environment that is even more eco-friendly and make customers feel reassured about their health and everyday lives.

Acquisition of ISO14001 Certification for the Headquarters

 In January 2011, Yamada Denki obtained ISO14001 environmental management system certification for the headquarters in Takasaki. To reduce the environmental impact from our operational activities, we have been actively conducting measures for saving energy and resources at stores, including the introduction of renewable energy use, etc. In fiscal 2017, Yamada Denki obtained certification by satisfying ISO14001:2015 specification requirements.

Promotion of Energy Conservation at Stores

CO2 Emission Reduction through the Introduction of Demand Controllers

 Demand controllers have been installed to compare the CO2 emissions of respective stores and analyze power consumption by equipment and by time zone, with the aim of promoting energy conservation at stores. Demand controllers were installed at a total of 381 stores in fiscal 2017.

Shift to LED Lighting

 Since the latter half of 2013, Yamada Denki has been sequentially introducing LED lighting in its stores. As of the end of March 2018, LED lighting has been introduced in 514 stores and is contributing to energy conservation.

CO2 Emission Reduction through Environmental Education

 Yamada Denki has added environment-related matters to its qualification test system and has been encouraging employees to obtain qualifications as certified home appliance advisors and smart masters, with the aim of raising their awareness concerning reduction of environmental impact.

Introduction of Renewable Energy at Stores

Continuous Use of Green Power

 Since fiscal 2008, Yamada Denki has continued the use of green power. In fiscal 2017, 79 stores used a total of 11.54 million kWh of green power. The headquarters in Takasaki uses green power for all its power consumption.
 Such contribution to the dissemination of green power has been highly evaluated, and Yamada Denki was awarded "the Excellent Partner Prize" from "the Green Energy Partnership".

Introduction of Photovoltaic Power Generation Systems

 Yamada Denki has been introducing photovoltaic power generation systems on store roofs. As of the end of March 2018, solar panels were installed at 199 stores and a total of 46,383,000 kWh was generated in fiscal 2017.

Efforts in Logistics

 Yamada Denki has tried to ensure idling stop during distribution and delivery in order to promote environmental activities in these fields with our business partners, such as consigners and cooperative companies. In fiscal 2017 as well, the implementation rate maintained a high level, exceeding 99%, since the commencement of the initiative in 2010.

Environmental Conservation Activities by Group Companies

Housetec Inc.

Dissemination of Energy-Efficient Products under Green Product Assessment System

 In order to reduce environmental impact at each stage of the product lifecycle, Housetec conducts green product assessment to approve products satisfying a certain level as green products, and proactively develop, manufacture and sell such products.
 As of the end of fiscal 2017, Housetec achieved its target, the sales ratio of 99%, for green products.*
 Through green product assessment, which focuses on such items as the reduction of component weight and the use of recycled materials, Housetec strengthens its efforts to develop and manufacture products with less environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.
* An estimated value as of March 31, 2018

▶ Items Covered by Green Product Assessment

Assessment items Assessment points
Weight reduction Resource saving; Downsizing; Weight saving; Standardization
Lifespan extension Durability; Reliability; Repair ease; Maintenance ease
Reuse and use of recycled resources Use of recycled materials
Ease of disassembly Ease of disassembly; Ease of sorting
Ease of disposal Ease of fragmentation and degradability
Environmental friendliness Reduction of environmental impact
Energy efficiency Energy efficiency in the manufacture process and use
Voluntary Reduction of Emission of Chemical Substances

 Housetec considers that reducing emission of chemical substances is one of the major issues in efforts for mitigating environmental impact.
 Housetec voluntarily controls the purchase, use, disposal and manufacture of products of such substances as acetone and ethyl acetate, in addition to those substances covered under the PRTR Act,* in order to reduce their emissions into the air.

▶ Substances Covered under the PRTR Act and Other Substances Subject to Housetec's Voluntary Control
(fiscal 2017)

  Chemical substances
Controlled substances under the PRTR Act Toluene, Xylene, Styrene, Methyl Methacrylate, Glyoxal, and Dicyclopentadiene
Voluntarily controlled substances Acetone, Ethyl Acetate, and Cyclohexane

* The Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (PRTR Act) provides that business operators should ascertain the amounts of chemical substances that may pose a risk of harmful effects on human health and the ecosystem which are discharged from their business establishments into the environment (air, water and soil) and which are contained in waste and moved out of their business establishments, and report such amounts to the national government. The Act also provides that the national government should tabulate the amounts of such substances that are emitted and moved based on submitted data and estimates, and publicize those tabulated amounts. This system commenced in April 2001.

Reduction of CO2 Emissions

 In consideration of the emission reduction goals set in the Kyoto Protocol, Housetec established its goal of reducing CO2 emissions intensity*1 to 68% by the end of fiscal 2019 and has been promoting relevant measures accordingly, such as through further energy conservation at production facilities.
 In fiscal 2017, a 50% reduction was achieved, almost reaching the goal of a 51% reduction.*2 Housetec will continue its efforts for reducing CO2 emissions and also endeavor to contribute to preventing global warming from the perspective of product lifecycle as a whole, not merely focusing on its production facilities, with the help of customers.

*1 CO2 emission intensity = CO2 emissions / sales (compared to the fiscal 1990 level)

*2 An estimated value as of March 31, 2018

Project White Co., Ltd.

Contribute to the Creation of Recycling-oriented Society through Collection and Recycling of PCs

 Upon the amendment of the Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, Project White started to promote the collection and recycling of its PCs disposed of by individual customers with the aim of contributing to the creation of a recycling-oriented society. Customers' applications for disposal of Project White's PCs are all accepted at the Tsukumo Support & PC Recycling Center and collected PCs are sent to the recycling facilities for proper treatment in compliance with relevant laws.

▶ Collection and Recycling of PCs in Fiscal 2017

Product category Weight Number of units Recycled amount
kg units kg
Desktop PCs
For home use
5,574.9 604 3,685.6
Notebook PCs
For home use
154.0 77 74.2
Liquid crystal displays
For home use
154.8 30 85.5

BEST DENKI CO., LTD.

Participation in the BRING PLA-PLUS Project

 Best Denki has participated in the BRING PLA-PLUS project, which is a project organized by the Ministry of the Environment to collect plastic products at stores for recycling. The latest project was conducted from February 9 to March 9, 2018, with the aim of creating a mechanism for recycling plastic products. Used plastic products were collected from consumers via home appliance mass merchandisers, general super markets, department stores and other retailers, as well as via fast food stores to conduct a demonstration test. Best Denki installed a collection box at its Fukuoka Main Store and called for customers' attention.