Energy use is related to the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2). Such emissions are reported to affect the environment in the form of global warming and other problems.
CO2 Emissions and Reduction Measures
Under the Daifuku Environmental Vision 2020, the Daifuku Group strives to reduce CO2 emissions from its business activities to help prevent global warming. The Group marked a 47.6% cut in its total CO2 emissions in fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2005, far exceeding the 16% targeted in the medium-term environmental action plan.
Daifuku launched the consolidated CO2 emissions management framework across the Group in 2011. By assessing the amount of electricity, gas and fuel used at each site worldwide, we strive to improve the Group's environmental performance.
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Environmental Impact of Transportation
Daifuku has taken measures to reduce CO2 emitted from its product transportation. In fiscal 2011, transportation-related CO2 emissions per unit of net sales were down 22.2% compared to fiscal 2005, surmounting the target of 11%.
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Enhanced load efficiency in product shipping
Multiple stacking improves load efficiency
Sharing transportation resources
One truck picks up and delivers to each supplier in a given region. (Milk run method*)
Typically, trucks are used to transport products to customer sites. Given the environmental impact of these vehicles, Daifuku decided to shift to more environmentally friendly railway and marine transportation. In fiscal 2011, Daifuku cut CO2 emissions by 321 tons by carefully selecting modes of transportation.
- *Milk run method: One truck makes the rounds to each supplier and picks up cargo that had previously been delivered by separate trucks. This method improves load efficiency and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
- **Modal shift: Choosing modes of transportation with lower environmental impact, such as railroads and ships, to transport cargo. By switching from trucks to ships and trains, it is possible to transport cargo with fewer CO2 emissions and less impact on the environment. Transportation efficiency is also improved because larger volumes are moved at one time.
Energy Conservation Efforts
Our CO2 reduction efforts range from large-scale operational improvements to individual employees reducing their commute and travel when on company business. Daily data on the use of electricity and heat energy, the major contributors of CO2 emissions, are constantly monitored for improvement.
A photovoltaic system installed at Hini Arata Kan demo center
Solar modules on Hini Arata Kan's roof
Using solar power to preserve the environment
The lights along Shiga Works' Yasuragi Road* are powered by solar energy. The road is lit at night by solar energy accumulated and stored during the day.
An employee-friendly walkway was built alongside the retention pond at Shiga Works. To make the walkway inviting to employees, we lined the 720m road with cherry trees, flowering plants and maple trees, to best capture the beauty of each season. Yasuragi is a Japanese word meaning comfort and relaxation.
Employee-friendly Yasuragi Road
Walking to save energy
Participating in Challenge 25 Campaign
National campaign poster
Participating in the lights-out campaign
Turning off lightings
Reducing electricity consumption while ensuring visitor-friendly lighting
Mercury lamps were replaced with more efficient ceramic lightings
The Shiga Works cogeneration facility has been in operation since 1997
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