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Eco-Activities & Performance

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Eco-activities at the office

The entire Yamazen workforce participates in eco-office activities to advance enterprise-wide goals.

● Electricity consumption reduction

Activities include turning off lights during the noon break and when leaving the office, setting office equipment to energy-saving mode and turning off power when not in use, controlling the room temperature, and switching to energy-saving fluorescent lamps.

In FY2009, we recorded a 9.3% reduction over FY2005 by installing solar power generation and by switching to energy-saving air conditioners.

● Reduction in office equipment paper use

Paper use reduction measures include double-sided copying and reusing paper on the back, communications by e-mail and company network, and a review of form practices resulting in converting to electronic forms and reducing computer printouts of such forms. Some increase resulted from switching from outsourced printing to in-house printing, but this trend was brought under control in FY2009, in which a mere 0.3% increase over FY2005 was recorded.

● Waste reduction and recycling

We are engaged in reducing office waste by separating and collecting waste items and recycling.

In FY2009, we recorded a recycling rate of 80% and a waste discharge total that was 13% less than that of FY2005.

● Office CO2 emissions and reduction rate (compared to 2005)

To help prevent global warming, Yamazen is engaged in reducing CO2 emissions through office activities, consignment logistics, and the sales of energy-saving equipment. The graph on the right, showing CO2 emissions reductions resulting from office activities, indicates reductions in 2009 of 8.3% over 2005. (The electricity CO2 conversion coefficient used is the default value prescribed by the ministerial ordinance for calculation.

Green purchasing

In the building of an active recycling society through green purchasing, the priority purchasing of ecologically friendly products is a general obligation of industry. Yamazen began “green purchasing” in 1999. In April 2002, we established in-house standards and proceeded with corporate-wide green purchasing and switching to eco-vehicles.

FY2009 recorded an 84% increase in the green purchases of stationery and writing materials and a 94.7% purchase rate of low-pollution vehicles.

Laws, regulations, and requirements applicable to our business activities, products, and services are identified. Regarding applicable management standards of special facilities, we have set and aim to comply with in-house voluntary standards that are stricter than regulatory standards.

We are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Wastes Disposal and Public Cleansing Act, Noise Regulation Act, Sewerage Service Act, Private Sewerage System Act, PCB Waste Management Special Measures Act, CFC Recovery and Destruction Act, Automobile NOx PM Control Law, the Energy-saving Act's specified shipper provisions, the Containers/Packaging Recycling Act, and ordinances ordained by municipalities.
Our record is free of lawsuits and violations related to the environment.

Our entire workforce's commitment to continuous improvement based on a clear understanding of Yamazen's effects on the environment in our capacity as a specialized trade company is crucial to implementing environmental management. This depends critically on the “implementation of environmental education and enlightenment activities” for all personnel. Various measures are in action, raising the banner of enlightened environmental policies.

Environmental education system
Spreading the same level of awareness across our entire workforce entails from the beginning “general training” for new employees. We have also established and carry out an education system that includes “specialist training” and “internal auditor training” for personnel engaged in significant environmental aspects. The curriculum for specialist training is devised by eco-office, eco-business, eco-logistics, and other special committees. Each department then engages in systematically their raising expertise and abilities.

Environmental education tools
All employees receive a copy of the “EMS Pocketbook”, enabling quick comprehension of the environmental management system and understanding of the details of environmental activities carried out by the company, company departments, and individuals. Yamazen's web publication “Breakthrough” (our in-house newsletter) and the “Environment and CSR” website, both found on our intra-net, host up-to-date information concerning in-house environmental activities and societal trends regarding the environment, thus contributing to awareness-raising activities. 

● Participation in “Office Chonai-kai”

Office Chonai-kai, established in August 1991, is an environmental NGO (non-governmental organization) engaged in the cooperative collection of used office paper. Office Chonai-kai is taking on paper garbage reduction and recycling—an issue of common interest to society. In FY1996, Office Chonai-kai received the Prime Minister's award in commendation for meritorious service in promoting recycling.

Since joining in April 2002, Yamazen has been involved in Office Chonai-kai activities as a member corporation.

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● Joining of the Environmental Partnership Organizing Club (EPOC)

EPOC was founded in February 2000 as a responsible association to realize environmental efficiency with input from environmental opinion leaders in the field of industry. Additionally, utilizing the wealth of information regarding environmental measures available from the Chubu area of Japan, EPOC aims to form an advanced eco-area meriting global pride and to create a safe and comfortable recycling economy society. Yamazen has been participating as a corporate member since July 2001. Yamazen's environmental measures are published on the EPOC web site as an “EPOC Environmental Declaration Company”.

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● Joining of the Green Purchasing Network (GPN)

The Green Purchasing Network is a facilitative network for industry, government, and consumers that was established in February 1996 to promote green purchasing. Since joining in April 2003, Yamazen has placed priority on purchasing products and services with minimized environmental load from businesses endeavoring to reduce their own environmental load.

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