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ENVIRONMENT
Circulation of Resources

Policy

The Group believes that it is its responsibility as a company to reduce the use of various resources in business activities and cyclically use limited resources by recycling the resources used as much as possible. In accordance with the Environmental Policy mentioned earlier, we will promote the 3Rs of reusing, reducing, and recycling resources used in the Group, in addition to handling reverse logistics related to the processing and recycling of waste through business in order to contribute to a recycling-oriented society. Furthermore, we will also contribute to the promotion of the utilization of renewable energy by installing solar power facilities in some distribution facilities.

Goals and Results

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Company Medium- to Long-term Goal Fiscal 2018
Goals
Fiscal 2018
Results
SG Holdings
Group
Promotion of 3R business
throughout the Group as a whole
Sagawa Express: Reduction in the amount of waste produced compared to the previous fiscal year Failed to achieve goal due to +32.5% change year on year
Sagawa Express: Reduction in the amount of water used compared to the previous fiscal year Failed to achieve goal due to +0.5% change year on year
SG Moving: −1% change in the amount of copying paper used compared to the previous fiscal year Failed to achieve goal due to +18% change year on year
SG Moving: Increase in the percentage of green office supplies purchased compared to the previous fiscal year Failed to achieve goal due to percentage being approx. 19% in fiscal 2018 compared to approx. 21% in fiscal 2017
SG Motors: Promotion of thermal recycling and material recycling of waste Selected an industrial waste processor capable of thermal recycling and material recycling

As a result of the initiatives implemented in fiscal 2018, both Sagawa Express and SG Moving failed to achieve their goals. We will analyze the causes of our failure to reach these goals, and consider measures for improvement to be accomplished in the next fiscal year and beyond. SG Moving is endeavoring to reduce the volume of copying paper used through efforts such as the introduction of paperless meetings, but the volume increased compared to the previous fiscal year due to the expansion of the scope of business.
In addition, the percentage of green office supplies purchased decreased compared to the previous fiscal year due to the high proportion of items that did not require green purchasing.

Initiatives

Environmentally Friendly Distribution Facilities

SG Realty is developing distribution facilities that lead to stable power supply and reduced environmental impact, and there are currently 99 distribution sites and distribution centers with solar power facilities in the Group. The total area of the panel installations is 197,273m² and the total power generated in fiscal 2018 was 27,506MWh.
Furthermore, the latest captive solar power generation system has been installed at SG Realty Wako, which was completed in February 2018, and annual energy consumption has effectively been reduced to zero due to the creation of natural energy using solar panels.

SG Realty Wako

SG Realty Wako

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Certifications Obtained by SG Realty Wako Rank
DBJ Green Building Certification 5 stars (highest rank)
Building Energy-efficiency Labeling System (BELS) 5 stars (highest rank)

Development of Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Bodies

SG Motors is developing environmentally friendly "ECO bodies."
It reduces environmental impact by using plastic panels made by recycling waste materials produced in the manufacture of cup noodle containers as the interior material for roof panels and using acacia wood from fast-growing plantation trees as truck bed material.

Material Recycling

Vehicle-related Recycling

Vehicles used by Sagawa Express and other Group companies are brought to SG Motors, which recycle them in various ways. Usable vehicles are sold, and other vehicles are also processed in an environmentally friendly manner such as recycling whenever possible. Furthermore, efforts are also made to recycle resources such as promoting thermal recycling using waste oil such as engine oil produced during vehicle maintenance as boiler fuel.

Main Recycling Items

  • Recovery and destruction of chlorofluorocarbons produced during vehicle maintenance work
  • Recovery and recycling of vehicle oil
  • Recycling of waste related to vehicle maintenance and body manufacturing
  • Recovery, replacement, and recycling of waste batteries
Data on Vehicle Replacement in Fiscal 2018

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Data on Vehicle Replacement in
Fiscal 2018
Number of Vehicles Sold Number of Vehicles Recycled
1,859 1,593 266

Adoption of Eco-friendly Uniforms

The Group is promoting green purchasing in which products with a low environmental impact are chosen, and as part of this, the uniforms of Sagawa Express use EcoMark-certified products made by recycling plastic bottles. In fiscal 2018, we purchased roughly 320,000 uniforms (equivalent to roughly 1,790,000 plastic bottles of 500ml). Used uniforms are reused as much as possible and those that cannot be easily reused are collected and recycled as fuel for ironworks.
We also use EcoMark-certified gloves for Sales Drivers®.

Purchases Made in Fiscal 2018

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Uniforms Approx. 320,000
Gloves Approx. 530,000 pairs
Process of Making Uniforms
1. The labels and caps of PET bottles are removed, and the bottles are washed2. The bottles are crushed to produce PET flakes 3. PET flakes are melted to produce fibers4. Sewn uniforms are completed
Process of Making Uniforms

Reverse Solutions

The Group is contributing to the construction of a recycling-oriented society by providing a variety of "reverse solutions" that utilize expertise in reverse logistics related to the processing and recycling of waste.

Pick-up and Repair of Home Appliances (Sagawa Express)

The Home Appliance Repair Service provides a one-stop solution from the pick-up to the actual repair and return of devices in the Home Appliance Repair Center at the Sagawa Tokyo Logistics Center.
In addition, the company has been providing nationwide Home Pick-up Services for Used Small Home Appliances based on the Home Appliance Recycling Act since 2015 as an outsourcing business from ReNet Japan Inc.

Pick-up and Repair of Home Appliances

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Collection and Transportation of Lithium-ion Batteries (SG Moving)

Since October 2018, we have been conducting the collection and transportation of automotive lithium-ion batteries used in vehicles such as hybrid cars.
The lithium-ion battery collection scheme that had not been unified among manufacturers until now has been unified into a scheme in which Japan Auto Recycling Partnership organizes processing requests from 16 automobile manufacturers, and these are accepted by SG Moving, contributing to the improvement of efficiency of recycling of resources.

Lithium-ion Battery Joint Collection and Transportation Scheme
Lithium-ion Battery Joint Collection and Transportation Scheme

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Reduction of Waste

The Group is engaged in the reduction of waste based on the "Promotion of the 3Rs" in the Environmental Policy.

For example, the Sapporokita Sales Office of Sagawa Express utilizes environmentally friendly packaging (foldable containers) instead of using cardboard packaging when transporting packages for people being hospitalized or discharged at Hokkaido University Hospital. Reducing the generation of waste, this system lends itself to promoting the creation of recycling-oriented society through the cost, environmental, and social contribution aspects. In recognition of this contribution, in October 2018 the initiative received the Minister of the Environment Award for Merit in the Promotion of the Creation of a Recycling-oriented Society at the 13th National Convention on the Promotion of 3R Activities, hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Toyama Prefectural Government, and the 3R Promotion Forum.

When Using Foldable Containers
When Using Foldable Containers

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