OSAKA GAS japanese

1. Introduction
With the intention to harmonize with the environment through its business activities and to realize efficient use of energy, Osaka Gas has promoted measures to reduce the load on the environment. In accordance with this policy, the company has adopted "green purchasing" which considers the factor of "low environmental load" on top of quality, price and punctual delivery in its purchase of goods and services. Another consideration is to choose suppliers who are active in promoting environmental conservation.
As Osaka Gas and its suppliers (including manufacturers of goods) will be committed to preserving the environment by continued efforts to reduce negative impacts, this guideline describes basic considerations with regard to "environmental friendliness".
2. Scope
This guideline covers the commodities such as stationery, office supplies, office fixtures and furnishings, OA equipment, papers, printing matters, pipeline materials, construction machinery and materials, vehicles, displays and decoration (hereinafter referred to as "commodities"), and the construction and maintenance works such as pipeline installation, machinery installation, electrical work, civil engineering work, and general construction (hereinafter referred to as "construction") which are purchased by Osaka Gas.
3. Items to be considered in selecting commodities
The following are the items to be considered in selecting commodities.
1) Raw materials
Use of recycled materials or easily recyclable materials should be promoted, and the amounts and types of raw materials must be minimized.
2) Use of harmful chemicals
Use of harmful chemicals must be avoided and restricted substances reduced.
3) Easy recycling and reutilization
Designs for more recyclable types of commodities must be adopted. Or designs for easily recyclable types of materials such as separation, degradation, and segregation must be adopted and the marking about it must be made.
4) Durability
Materials and commodities must have good durability.
5) Packing materials
Volume of packing materials must be minimized, or they must be reusable or recyclable.
6) Energy saving
Energy consumption both in the manufacturing process and usage must be kept to a minimum.
7) Reducing the environmental load at disposal
Measures to reduce the disposal by incineration or by landfill must be taken to lighten the load on the environment, for example, the use of degradable materials, avoidance of discharging harmful chemicals, etc.
4. Items to be considered in carrying out construction and maintenance work
The following considerations must be made in carrying out construction and maintenance work.
1) Conservation of air and water quality
Efforts must be made to reduce emission of air pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOX).
Preventive measures must be taken when water quality may possibly deteriorate.
2) Reduction of noise and vibration
Efforts must be made to reduce generation of noise and vibration.
3) Energy and resource conservation
Use of energy or resources should be minimized.
4) Treatment of wastes
Wastes generated during construction must be sorted out into reusables and non-reusables. Reutilization of wastes and reduction of wastes should be promoted. Waste treatment must be done in accordance with the laws and regulations concerned.
5. Provisions for environmental conservation by Osaka Gas suppliers
1) Osaka Gas requests its suppliers for a report on environmental conservation efforts as listed below. Based on the evaluation of the report, Osaka Gas decides which suppliers to make purchases from.
(1) setting of environmental principles and action policy
(2) setting of corporate organization to administer environmental issues
(3) setting of environmental conservation targets and action plans
(4) publicity of details of environmental actions
(5) understanding of environmental load put on through business activities
(6) compliance with environmental laws and regulations
2) It is advised that suppliers acquire ISO 14001 and other environmental certifications.
6. General principle
1) Osaka Gas makes purchases based not only on the purchase price but also from the standpoint of life cycle cost with consideration for the environmental load (such as energy saving, reuse, durability and low impact in disposal).
2) Use of low pollutant vehicles is promoted for delivery, such as natural gas, hybrid, electricity, methanol-fueled cars.
3) These guidelines will be incorporated in individual specifications of purchase orders I issued by Osaka Gas's different departments.
Revised: April, 2005

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