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 Daigas 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 Daigas 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 Daigas 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 trend related to climate change.
Environmental Education Activities
Environmental Symposium 2018
Every June, Osaka Gas hosts an environmental symposium primarily for employees as part of environmental education. In FY2019 the symposium was held at the Osaka Gas Building (in Chuo-ku, Osaka) on July 31, attended by approximately 190 people.
Speeches were given by Yukari Takamura, then professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, on “The Paris Accord and Post-Paris Accord Global Trends” and by Shigeo Kato, general manager of the Sustainability Management Division at Ricoh Company, Ltd., on “Ricoh’s Sustainability—Achieving a Decarbonized Society.”
The CO2 emissions from the Osaka Gas Building on the day of the symposium (approximately 2 t-CO2) were offset through credits obtained by introducing gas systems to customers.
Exhibiting at Environment-related Exhibitions
Exhibiting at Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition 2018
For three days from October 17 to 19, 2018, Osaka Gas exhibited at Biwako Environmental Business Exhibition 2018, an environmental event held at the Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology Dome in Shiga Prefecture.
We promoted our SDG initiatives, our use of advanced technologies to benefit the environment, the smart energy network, and our clean gas-powered high-efficiency air conditioning system for heating and cooling.
The exhibition had 27,000 total visitors, with large numbers of people visiting our booth—many of whom were students or individuals working for interested companies.