CSR Charter ⅡHarmonizing with the Environment and Contributing to Realizing a Sustainable Society
Green Purchasing and Green Distribution
Principle and Outline
With the fundamental motivations of harmonizing its business activities with the environment .and achieving the efficient use of energy, Osaka Gas has been implementing measures to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities. As part of these efforts, we have been pursuing “Green Purchasing” that entails purchasing eco-friendly goods and installation contracts used by Osaka Gas from business partners actively involved in environmental conservation. We are also incorporating “Green Distribution” into our business activities to curb emissions of air pollutants by using natural gas vehicles (NGV) and other low-pollution vehicles.
Promoting green purchasing in collaboration with suppliers and affiliates
Based on its “Green Purchasing Guidelines” (formulated in 2000 and revised in 2012), Osaka Gas is working together with its business partners to promote “green purchasing,” a procurement policy that gives priority to products and engineering contracts that have minimal impact on the environment. Specifically, Osaka Gas is promoting the use of eco-friendly products such as paper from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests, recycled paper, LED lighting, and carbon offset products. The guidelines were revised as of April 1, 2012, and now include a provision that calls for giving consideration to biodiversity.
In 2005, we launched the “Green Partner Initiative” to evaluate environmental efforts by our main suppliers, including establishing an environmental management system (EMS) and obtaining an EMS certificate. Suppliers recognized in support of the initiative have been registered as Green Partners.
The Green Partner Initiative was revised in FY2016. As a result, suppliers other than those of piping materials are now covered by the initiative. As of the end of FY2017, 111 suppliers were registered.
We also work to ensure adherence by affiliates to our Osaka Gas Environmental Management System (OGEMS), which requires companies to carry out green purchasing.
Working to reduce air pollution with low-pollution vehicles
Osaka Gas established its “Green Distribution Policy” in 2001 and began implementing green distribution activities in January 2002. Through the use of natural gas vehicles, hybrid cars, and other low-pollution vehicles in distribution, servicing, and sales activities, we are reducing the amount of air pollutants we emit. The introduction rate at the end of FY2017 was up by three percentage points year-on-year to 93%. We are also asking our suppliers and affiliates in logistics, services and sales to use low-pollution vehicles when delivering or making sales calls to Osaka Gas bases, to the extent that this is possible.
Policy on Green Distribution
- Our vehicles
Osaka Gas aims to replace all commercial-use company vehicles for which substitution is possible with low-pollution vehicles such as natural gas vehicles.
- Ask affiliates, gas group companies (service chains, installation companies), and business partners to cooperate voluntarily in using low-pollution vehicles when delivering or making sales calls to Osaka Gas locations, to the extent that this is possible.
Low-pollution vehicles include natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, or vehicles certified as having low levels of fuel consumption and emissions (vehicle types for which automobile taxes are reduced due to their low environmental impact status).
Formulated on January 10, 2002
Revised on April 1, 2016
Head of CSR & Environment Department