CSR Charter ⅡHarmonizing with the Environment and Contributing to Realizing a Sustainable Society
Principle and Outline
To realize a low-carbon society, it is important that we not limit our perspective to the activities of a single company but instead heighten environmental awareness across society as a whole and take action to conserve energy. The Osaka Gas Group engages in efforts to raise the environmental awareness of each and every employee, seeks to educate the public through exhibitions, and supports/participates in the activities of various environmental and business groups. We are also dispatching employees to offer presentations on energy and the environment to children who will be responsible for the next generation.
Employee Environmental Education, Participation in Organizations
Various events during the Environment Month
Every year in June, designated as Environment Month, employees of the Osaka Gas Group engage in various environmental activities. Among them are energy-saving efforts at offices, environmental preservation activities, environmental education both inside and outside the Company, and participation in regional environmental events such as cleaning activities. By participating in these activities, each and every employee comes to recognize the great connection existing between his or her activities, and their impact on the environment. Environmental activities during the month provide Osaka Gas Group employees with opportunities to recognize the importance of continuing efforts to build an environmentally harmonious society.
Participation in initiatives undertaken by environmental groups
Osaka Gas proactively participates in environmental preservation activities with a number of groups, including Nippon Keidanren's Committee on Nature Conservation, Dairinkai, WWF Japan and Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for Children (LEAF), and in policy planning activities such as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's trial emissions trading scheme aimed at the realization of a low-carbon society.
In addition, through participation in COP (Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change) and IGU (International Gas Union), we strive to obtain the latest global information related to environmental policy and technology aimed at environmental issues like climate change
Environmental Awareness Activities
2017 Environmental Symposium
Osaka Gas holds an environmental symposium every June, mainly in order to educate its employees. In FY2018, such a symposium was held at the Head Office of Osaka Gas on June 12, with about 240 persons attending.
The symposium featured speeches by Ms. Sumiko Takeuchi, Director and Principal Researcher of the International Environment and Economy Institute, and Mr. Makoto Nagura, General Manager of Environmental Public Relations, Environmental Management Department, Quality & Environment Division at Panasonic Corp. Takeuchi spoke on the topic of of “Japan at a turning point in energy; the country's energy and environmental policies in the future.” Nagura discussed Panasonic's environmental management and activities aimed at promoting such management.
The amount of energy consumed (about 11.6 t-CO2) at the building was offset with credits we earned through the sale of gas systems to customers.
Offering “Energy and Environmental Education”
Osaka Gas has been offering environmental and energy classes to elementary, junior high and senior high school students at their schools or educational facilities outside school in order to deepen their understanding of the various issues in the fields.
At such classes, started in 2006, Osaka Gas has prepared seven programs for students, in which the relationship between energy and the environment is explained in plain words, including how to make eco-friendly ramen. In FY2017, 919 such classes were offered, with 23,383 elementary and junior high school students attending.
Environmental classes for local students are also offered at educational facilities outside school, such as the gas science museum in Senboku and the gas energy pavilion in Himeji, where the environmental friendliness of natural gas is explained through science programs, including a cryogenic experiment using liquid nitrogen, and mock science experiments for visitors using audiovisual displays and facilities. A large number of people visit both museums. Osaka Gas will contribute to creating a sustainable society through “Energy and Environmental Education” for students.
Number of “Energy and Environmental Education” Classes Held by Osaka Gas at Schools (cumulative total)
Exhibitions at Environmental Events
Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition 2016
Osaka Gas participated in the Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition 2016, held for three days from Oct. 19 to 21, 2016 at the Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology Dome in Shiga Prefecture.
We publicized our environmental efforts at the 2016 exhibition, including promoting environmental conservation using advanced technologies, introducing "smart energy networks," and launching energy efficient and eco-friendly gas air-conditioning systems.
The event attracted a total of about 29,000 visitors. Our booth was packed with a large number of people including businessmen and students.
Osaka Gas has been recognized as a leading company in the disclosure of environmental information.
- The Osaka Gas Group was assigned a grade “A-” under the CDP Japan 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) in the 2016 analysis conducted by the CDP* on corporate climate change strategies and greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Osaka Gas Group ranked first in the power and gas category of the 20th corporate environmental management survey conducted by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in 2016.
- * CDP
- The CDP is an international, nonprofit organization based in the UK, which is operated by institutional investors across the globe, with total assets amounting to 100 trillion U.S. dollars. The CDP is encouraging companies to disclose environmental information with the aim of mitigating climate change and other environmental problems facing the globe. In 2016, about 5,800 companies around the world disclosed environmental information through the CDP.