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CSR Charter Ⅱ Harmonizing with the Environment and Contributing to Realizing a Sustainable Society

Environmental Action Targets

Aspects Determined as Materiality

  • Emissions waste

Principle and Outline

The Osaka Gas Group has set out medium-term environmental targets to reduce environmental impact by the Group as a whole, particularly in its city gas business, and is monitoring the progress being made toward achievement of these targets.

In pursuit of the environmental action targets, we will be seeking to make environmental management more efficient, reduce CO2 emissions, curb waste generation and promote recycling, and reduce the volume of excavated soil for final disposal.

Environmental Action Targets and FY2017 ResultsOsaka Gas underwent a third party verification by Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd.

The environmental action targets for FY2017 were generally achieved, as evidenced by the improvement of most indicators of environmental management efficiency, an integrated yardstick used to assess our environmental conservation activities. Behind the improvement were the start of cogeneration systems at facilities of LNG terminals, the reduction of excavated soil for final disposal, reduction in the volume of city gas used at experiment, and enhanced energy-saving activities at offices.

Environmental Action Targets and FY2017 Results

Field Indicators Targets for
FY2017
FY2017 Results
Integrated indicator Environmental Management Efficiency Environmental impact of gas business per gas sold
(Monetary value (yen) of GHG, excavated soil, waste, NOx, COD, chemical substances, water consumption / gas sold (1,000 m³ ) )
58 or less
(26% decrease compared to FY2009)
52.5
Low-carbon society Reducing CO2 emissions from our business activities Gas business LNG terminals
(CO2 emissions per 1 million m³ of gas sold)
(t-CO2 / 1 million m³ )
12.3 or less
(9% decrease compared to FY2009)
10.5
Office buildings
(CO2 emissions per 1000 m² floor space)
74.4 or less
(8% decrease compared to FY2009)
61.0
Group companies' businesses Electricity business (including from renewable energy sources)
(CO2 emissions per electricity generated)
15% decrease in FY2021 compared to FY2009 33% decrease
Other businesses
(CO2 emissions per sales) (t-CO2 / 10 million yen)
8.8 or less
(8% decrease compared to FY2009)
8.9
Reducing CO2 emissions on customer sites and throughout the value chain Customers Centered on natural gas, we seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the energy security of society.
  • Promote the widespread use of high-efficiency residential fuel cells.
  • Spread the use of equipment for Smart Houses promoting energy creation / conservation *1 and energy visualization.
  • Spread the use of sophisticated energy management systems.
  • Introduce and expand the use of equipment and systems with outage response functions.
    (Residential)
    gas cogeneration systems (including fuel cells)
    (Commercial / industrial)
    emergency-generator and gas cogeneration systems and GHP with stand-alone power supply function, etc.
  • Promote the use of gas cogeneration / gas air-conditioning systems, which can contribute to peak demand cut.
  • Promote the spread of renewable energy such as solar power and biogas.
  • Expansion of natural gas usage through retail sales in overseas.
  • The residential-use fuel cell ENE FARM Type S (SOFC) received the awards listed below.
    . FY2017 Energy Conservation Grand Prize in the product and business model category
    . FY2017 Minister of the Environment anti-global warming award in the technological development and commercialization category
  • Cumulative ENE FARM sales at 64,000 units
  • Sales of solar power systems at 2,700 units, and sales of solar power systems featuring ENE FARM at 4,900 units in FY2017
  • Furnace SOMA, a package service combining remote-controlled surveillance and maintenance for industrial furnace data collection and management, released
  • Solar power and wind power stations in smooth operation, with an output capacity of over 140,000 kW in Japan and over 100,000 kW (including power stations owned by Osaka Gas) overseas
  • On-site projects (construction of cogeneration facilities, and their operations and services) targeting factories in Thailand promoted
  • Conversion from other fuels promoted in Singapore
Transportation / logistics
  • Successfully launched two fuel-efficient LNG tankers and reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions by conventional tankers
  • Promote the use of natural gas vehicles (including large vehicles) for distributing products / services at Group companies and business partners.
  • Fuel-efficient LNG tankers inaugurated (VENUS, MARS)
  • LNG tankers exclusively powered by CNG put into service
Resource recycling Promoting the 3Rs in our business Gas business Industrial waste from LNG terminals (final disposal rate) 0% 0.1%
Industrial waste from facilities other than LNG terminals (final disposal rate) 2% or less 0.7%
General waste (final disposal rate) 5% or less 2.6%
Excavated soil (final disposal rate) Approx. 2% 1.4%
Polyethylene (PE) pipes (recycling rate) 100% 100%
Gas meters (reuse rates) 97% or more 99.6%
Group companies (core affiliates*2) Industrial waste / general waste (final disposal rate) 8% or less 9.5%
Efforts throughout the value chain
  • Promote the 3Rs of used equipment at our customers, in cooperation with our business partners (residential gas equipment, alarms, packing materials, renovation waste, commercial/industrial equipment, etc.)
  • Redesigned and firmly established system for appropriate disposal of used water heaters
Biodiversity
  • In accordance with the “Osaka Gas Group Biodiversity Promotion Policy” , we take biodiversity into consideration in all of our business activities.
  • Green space management in LNG terminals using native seedlings
  • Introduced planting of local species in properties sold by Osaka Gas Urban Development (Receipt of Good Design Award)
  • “hu+g MUSEUM” rooftop used as a venue for rice-planting experiences, biodiversity classes, and other comprehensive learning for local elementary school students
Technology development Promote the development of technologies that contribute to a low-carbon society and energy security.
  • Aim to develop more efficient fuel cells for homes
  • Strengthen demand response technologies etc. in order to reduce power consumption at peak times
  • Aim to develop more efficient cogeneration GHP systems
  • Develop and introduce hydrogen generators for hydrogen filling stations for fuel-cell vehicles
  • Conduct experiments to develop new models of fuel cells
  • Start long-term living experiment using a renovated existing house to verify the potential of achieving zero CO2 emissions and zero energy consumption
  • Energy-efficient gas engine heat pump air condioner (XAIR2) launched, achieving sales of over 5,000 units
  • North Osaka Hydrogen Station, Kamitoba Hydrogen Station opened
Green procurement / purchasing
  • Promote green purchasing in cooperation with business partners, and the “Green Partner Initiative.”
  • Expanded green purchasing items and renewed green partner agreements
*1 Examples of energy creation / conservation
Fuel cells, photovoltaic power generation, high-efficiency water heaters were introduced.
*2 Group companies (core affiliates)
Four core affiliated companies as of 2013 when the environmental goals were set (Osaka Gas Urban Development, Osaka Gas Chemicals, OGIS-RI, Osaka Gas Liquid)

Environmental Action Targets toward FY2021

We have formulated the Environmental Action Targets toward FY2021, a period covered by the Osaka Gas Medium-Term Management Plan 2020. Under the new targets, we have changed our method of calculating environmental indicators and specific targets in reflection of the new environmental situation. Among such changes is the introduction of a new coefficient—already released—used to calculate city gas production and material procurement.

Environmental Action Targets

Field Indicators Targets for
FY2021
Integrated indicator Environmental Management Efficiency Environmental impact of gas business per gas produced
(Monetary value (yen) of GHG, excavated soil, waste, NOx, COD, chemical substances, water consumption / gas produced (1,000 m³ ))
14.2
(22% decrease compared to FY2009)
Low-carbon society Reducing CO2 emissions from our business activities Gas business LNG terminals
(CO2 emissions per 1 million m³ of gas produced)
(t-CO2 / 1 million m³ )
11.7
(12% decrease compared to FY2009)
Office buildings
(CO2 emissions per 1000 m² floor space)
(t-CO2 / 1,000 m² )
56.5
(27% decrease compared to FY2009)
Group companies' businesses Electricity business
(including from renewable energy sources)
(CO2 emissions per electricity generated)
15% decrease in FY2021 compared to FY2009
Other businesses
(CO2 emissions per sales)
(t-CO2 / 10 million yen)
8.2
(12% decrease compared to FY2009)
Efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by customers and value chain companies Customers Centered on natural gas, Osaka Gas aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diffusing energy-efficient value-added products.
  • Diffusion and expansion of energy-efficient fuel cells (for residential and commercial use)
  • Promotion of fuel cells (for residential use) as a low-carbon electric source through the active purchase of redundant household-produced electricity derived from fuel cells
  • Diffusion and expansion of appliances deemed effective in saving and creating energy in a zero energy house (ZEH), a smart house whose net energy consumption is zero (through the use of fuel cells, solar power generation systems, and energy-efficient water heaters)
  • Promotion of natural gas as a low-carbon energy source, and the diffusion and expansion of energy-efficient cogeneration systems and gas air-conditioners to reduce peak electricity demand
  • Diffusion and expansion of the ICT energy management system through the addition of advanced functions
  • Use of solar and wind power systems, biomass and renewable energy sources
  • Diffusion and expansion of natural gas through retail sales across broad areas of Japan and overseas, and energy services
Transportation and distribution
  • Reduction of environmental impact through the efficient operation of eight LNG tankers currently under the management of Osaka Gas
  • Efforts to spread natural gas-powered vehicles centering on large-sized trucks used by Group companies and business partners in the shipping and distribution businesses
Resource recycling Promoting the 3Rs in our business Gas business Industrial waste from LNG terminals (final disposal rate) 1% or less*1
Industrial waste from facilities other than LNG terminals (final disposal rate) 1% or less
General waste (final disposal rate) 3% or less
Excavated soil (final disposal rate) 1% or less
Polyethylene (PE) pipes (recycling rate) 100%
Gas meters (reuse rates) 98% or more
Group companies Industrial waste / general waste (final disposal rate) 4% or less
(Group companies*2)
Efforts throughout the value chain
  • Promote the 3Rs of used equipment at our customers, in cooperation with our business partners (residential gas equipment, alarms, packing materials, renovation waste, PCs, commercial/industrial equipment, etc.)
Biodiversity
  • We will take biodiversity into account in conducting business in accordance with the Osaka Gas Group Biodiversity Promotion Policy. (LNG terminals, business offices and real estate properties managed by Group companies)
Technological development Promotion of technological development to help create a low-carbon society and further solidify the Company's already solid business foundation
  • Efforts to develop more energy-efficient fuel cells, cogeneration systems and gas air-conditioners
  • Development of demand response control technologies to contribute to the trading of saved electricity
  • Development of reasonably priced and energy-efficient hydrogen-generating equipment to be installed at hydrogen-filling stations
  • Development of environmental technologies that can spur the environmental equipment market, such as technologies that can lead to new products and those that can expand application fields
Green purchase
  • Promote green purchase in cooperation with clients and a green partnership system
*1 Industrial waste from LNG terminals (final disposal rate)
Industrial waste covered for the rate calculation excludes the disposal of PCB, a chemical substance whose disposal by 2027 is mandatory.
*2 Group companies
Of 150 Osaka Gas consolidated subsidiaries, 64 companies are subject to the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions. Those housed in office buildings as tenants and whose environmental data are difficult to grasp and whose environmental effects are minimal are not subject to such calculation. Also excluded from the calculation are overseas companies whose environmental impacts are minimal. The number of companies covered by the calculation changes every year, depending on corporate integration and other streamlining actions taken during each year.
Main Changes from FY2018 in the Formula to Calculate Environmental Management Efficiency Indicators
  • The coefficient for calculating the indicators for environmental management efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction at LNG terminals for gas business was revised in light of the situation of city gas production and material procurement, with the denominator changed from the volume of gas sales to the volume of gas production.
  • The coefficient used for the monetary conversion of environmental management efficiency was changed to the most updated figure of the Life Cycle Impact Assessment Method Based on Endpoint Modeling (LIME).

Long-Term Vision toward FY 2031

We will continuously strive to reduce the environmental impacts of our business activities, and from our products and services, in cooperation with our customers in line with the Osaka Gas Group Environmental Activities Policy, adopted in 2006. We will also step up environmental improvement activities both in Japan and overseas, including regional areas. By taking all these actions, we are committed to helping create a sustainable society.

Specifically, we will encourage our customers to introduce energy-efficient appliances deemed effective in saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions, such as fuel cells and gas cogeneration systems. We will also promote a switch to environment-friendly natural gas, the active use of energy-saving technologies, and the development and introduction of the most advanced fossil-based power stations and renewable energy sources. By implementing all these measures, we aim to reduce CO2 emissions by a cumulative 70 million tons between FY2018 and FY2031. The reduction target covers emissions reduction by customers and through our overseas operations. We will continue to promote environmental management by taking into consideration resource recycling, biodiversity and the safety of chemical substances.

Participation in the KEIDANREN's Commitment to a Low Larbon Society

The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) recognizes global warming as a global-scale issue to be addressed on a long-term basis. Based on this recognition, Keidanren has set out a common vision for Japan's industry—using its technological expertise to play a pivotal role in global efforts to halve greenhouse gas emissions in the world by 2050. This vision was transformed into a Keidanren action plan to create a low-carbon society, drawn up in 2013 and revised in 2017. The action plan spells out what each participating industry should do in Japan through the maximum use of “best available technologies” (BAT) to reduce as much as possible CO2 emissions from business activities and people's life-related activities. The action plan also calls for each industry to provide strong support to overseas efforts to stem global warming. Also set in the action plan are goals and activities aimed at strategically developing innovative technologies that could become a breakthrough for the 2050 CO2 reduction goal.

The Japan Gas Association and the Electric Power Council for a Low Carbon Society (ELCS), both participating in the action plan, have formulated their respective industry plans for realizing a low-carbon society. Osaka Gas, a member of both the association and the ELCS, has joined the industry plans and is working out measures to combat global warming (climate change).

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