The functions of forests are indispensable to the life of animals and plants such as the absorption of CO2, prevention of erosion, cultivation of water resources and the preservation of biodiversity. Demand for domestic timber is decreasing in Japan due to liberalization of timber importer while the country offers an extremely rich wealth of forest resources. The forest industry tasked with preserving these forests is faced with an extremely severe environment. As a result, we are facing challenges as many forests are unable to manifest their conventional functions because sufficient management cannot be done such as thinning to weed out trees at the appropriate time.
At the Sagawa Express's Takao 100-Year Forest (in Tokyo), activities for the coexistence of people and nature, to restore and preserve undeveloped woodlands that can be sustained for 100 years, began in 2007. The restoration of undeveloped woodlands in fields rich with the splendor of nature, valuable for mitigating global warming and where people and nature can exist in harmony, carried out by the cooperative efforts of numerous parties including citizens, universities and other educational institutions, academic experts, and NPOs, are symbolized by the phrase "100 years", with the project proceeding on an unhurried, natural time scale.
Sagawa Forestry has a total of 703 hectares of Sagawa Forests in seven locations in Kochi and Tokushima prefectures in Shikoku. Working with local forest associations, the company performs preservation activities such as thinning to grow healthy forests that absorb CO2 by soaking up much sunlight. The thinning trees are used for applications such as construction materials and biomass fuel. We aim to conduct business activities that lead to the vitalization of local communities and the creation of jobs by managing a healthy forest cycle. Furthermore, 5,440 tons of carbon offset credits were obtained from the J-VER Certification Committee in 2011. These are utilized for the reduction of CO2 emitted during transport by Sagawa Express and in environmental events in which the Group participates.
Conclusion of "National Park Official Partnership" with the Ministry of the Environment
In March 2017, SG Holdings concluded a "National Park Official Partnership" with the Ministry of the Environment in a first for the logistics industry. The purpose of the program is for the Ministry of the Environment and companies/organizations to cooperate with each other to communicate the beautiful scenery and appeal of national parks to the world, expand understanding of environmental preservation among people in Japan and abroad, and also promote the vitalization of regions where national parks are located. Specific activities include promoting easy visits to national parks by placing delivery counters for inbound tourists to Japan in airports nearest to national parks and communicating the appeal of national parks through the Group's websites.
Details of Main Initiatives
Period: Until December 31, 2020
- 1.Support of logistical aspects through the provision of optimal transport methods Consideration of placement of delivery counters in airports nearest to national parks aimed at improving convenience for overseas users visiting Japan by promoting "Hands-Free Travel"
- 2.PR and communication of appeal utilizing websites and other media Creation of dedicated pages for communicating the appeal of national parks on the Group's websites
- 3.Promotion of the 3Rs.*
All Group companies will further promote the 3Rs in business activities, contributing to a sustainable society.
- 4.Environmental education initiatives
We will provide environmental education on reducing environmental impact in addition to preservation and regeneration of the natural environment to all Group employees in an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues.
- 5.Environmental communication initiatives
We will endeavor to provide active disclosure with the aim of achieving mutual understanding with local communities, and broadly engage in environmental communication to children who will be responsible for the next generation.
*The 3Rs refer to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Environmental Preservation Activities at Expolanka (Sri Lanka)
Plan for planting 50,000 trees
Expolanka Freight (EFL) commits to plant over 50,000 trees in five years. Here is an attempt to give our children a little luxury of nature which we have been blessed to live through. This way EFL is contributing towards the sustainability of this one and only planet by fulfilling UN SDG of Climate Action.
"Light bulb campaign" on World Environment Day
In an ongoing effort to celebrate the World Environment Day, EFL gave away free LED bulbs to employees and the communities surrounding the EFL Campus in Orugodawatta, in exchange for incandescent bulbs. This was conducted consecutively during the past three years and the campaign has resulted in the distribution of 6,000 LED bulbs in total to date.