Circulation of Resources
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
|Boundary||Medium- to Long-
|Promotion of 3R business throughout the Group as a whole||Sagawa Express: −1.0% in industrial waste by the end of FY2020 compared to FY2019||Sagawa Express: Reduction in the amount of waste produced compared to the previous fiscal year||Achieved goal due to
−2.6% change year on year
|Sagawa Express: −1.0% in water intake by the end of FY2020 compared to FY2019||Sagawa Express: Reduction in the amount of water used compared to the previous fiscal year||Achieved goal due to
−0.5% change year on year
|SG Moving: −1.0% in copy paper usage by the end of FY2020 compared to FY2019||SG Moving: −1.0% in copy paper usage by the end of FY2019 compared to FY2018||Failed to achieve goal due to
+14.0% change year on year
|SG Moving: Year-on-year increase in green purchasing of office supplies||SG Moving: Year-on-year increase in green purchasing of office supplies||Achieved target at
+7.0% purchase rate year-on-year
|SG Motors: Promotion of thermal recycling and material recycling of waste||SG Motors: Promotion of thermal recycling and material recycling of waste||Expansion of contracts with industrial waste processors capable of thermal recycling and material recycling|
In fiscal 2019, Sagawa Express reduced both its generation of waste and withdrawals of water. SG Moving and SG Motors, as part of the implementation of EcoAction 21, are continuing to assess the generation of waste and other emissions using the PDCA cycle.
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 2019 was 26,587MWh.
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 been significantly reduced to zero due to the creation of natural energy using solar panels.
|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.
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 2019
|Data on Vehicle Replacement in
|Number of Vehicles Sold||Number of Vehicles Recycled|
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. Between fiscal 2002 and fiscal 2019, approximately 14.6 million 500 ml PET bottles were recycled through the use of approximately 3.1 million eco-friendly uniforms in the Group. 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®.
Process of Making Uniforms
- The labels and caps of PET bottles are removed, and the bottles are washed
- The bottles are crushed to produce PET flakes
- PET flakes are melted to produce fibers
- Sewn uniforms are completed
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.
Household Appliance Collection Matching System SG-ARK (SG Moving)
In July 2020, SG Moving launched the website SG-ARK as an intermediary scheme between electronic appliance retailers and used electronic appliance transport companies. Japan's Home Appliances Recycling Act was instituted to ensure that retailers collect four types of household appliances for recycling: refrigerators and freezers, clothes washing and drying machines, air conditioners, and televisions. SG-ARK enables companies approved to collect and transport home appliances to register for pickup of used goods. When retailers are asked by consumers to collect their used appliances, retailers can easily find a collection and transport company by comparing their transport rates and other information through the website. Contracts are formed electronically, which simplifies procedures and promotes going paperless compared to traditional written contracts. The Home Appliance Recycling Law obliges retailers to issue, manage, and store home appliance recycling tickets. SG-ARK allows them to digitize and manage home appliance recycling tickets within this system. In this way, the website offers completion of all the necessary processes, from contractor selection to contracts completion and recycling ticket management. SG-ARK raises convenience for both retailers and end users, while improving household appliance recycling and transport company optimization, thereby supporting the creation of a recycling-oriented society.
Reduction of Waste and External Cooperation
The Group is engaged in the reduction of waste based on the "Promotion of the 3Rs" in the Environmental Policy, and is also promoting the reduction of waste through collaboration with outside groups.
For example, 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 of trucks.
Also the Sagawa Express Sapporokita Sales Office is working with Hokkaido University Hospital to utilize environmentally friendly containers (foldable containers) not using packaging cardboard when transporting baggage for people being hospitalized and discharged from the hospital.
When Using Foldable Containers
Promoting Environmentally Friendly Business Activities