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Third-Party Review

The Daigas Group CSR Report underwent a thirdparty review by the Institute for Environmental Management Accounting (IEMA), including simple audits and recommendations. In the process of preparing its evaluation, the IEMA interviewed Tadashi Miyagawa, Executive Vice President / CSR Executive, and Megumu Tsuda, Head of CSR & Environment Dept., regarding CSR-related activities at the Daigas Group. Based on the interview, the IEMA prepared and presented a report that summarized its overall evaluation and advice regarding the Daigas Group’s CSR efforts.

Katsuhiko Kokubu , Eriko Nashioka , Tadashi Miyagawa ,Megumu Tsuda
Q. Can you tell us about the selection of seven SDGs to contribute to?
A. The Daigas Group has selected seven SDGs that can make use of its strengths of the energy business, and announced its contribution in our CSR Report issued in 2017. We have been accelerating our engagement centered on SDGs Target 13 “Specific measures for climate change.”
Q. Can you tell us about your contributions to the SDGs for the year?
A. In FY2019, there were several events that affected the Group’s actions, including a number of natural disasters, METI’s fifth Strategic Energy Plan and the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24).

In response to the Northern Osaka Prefecture Earthquake in June, thanks to teams coming from all over Japan on short notice to help in recovery efforts, gas supply was fully restored in just one week. We are currently working with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) to share information on the earthquake and disaster response. Then there was a blackout caused by Typhoon 21 (Jebi) in September, at which time our cogeneration system —designed to operate without power supplied from the grid—maintained operational continuity. These examples of disaster response and early recovery are activities that fall under SDG Goal 11—making cities resilient and sustainable.

We are working hard to develop renewable energy, which is positioned as a key energy source in Japan’s Strategic Energy Plan. By promoting wider use of natural gas we are contributing to SDG Goal 7 “Universal access to clean energy,” as well as SDG Goal 13 “Taking urgent action on climate change,” a topic discussed at COP24.

Q. What is your vision for the future of the company?
A. To contribute to Goal 13 of the SDGs, the Long-Term Management Vision established in FY2018 sets the target of reducing CO2 emissions by a total of 70 million tons by FY2031, in cooperation with customers. As we further analyze the risks and opportunities associated with climate change over the long term, it will be vital to draw up multiple scenarios that can respond to changes in the business environment.
Q. What efforts are you taking toward renewable energy?
A. We doubled our initial target for developing renewable energy sources, now set at 1 million kW in FY2031, and including projects under construction, we are already at 600,000 kW, so we are well on our way to achieving that target. We also established the Green Power Fuel Corporation in March 2019 to carry out procurement and sales of domestically grown woody biomass for biomass power plants.
Q. What are your thoughts on stakeholder engagement?
A. While maintaining an awareness of the impacts our business activities can have on all of our stakeholders—our customers, employees, partners, and shareholders and investors—the Group values active dialogue to be able to develop mutual understanding and acceptance in the search for better solutions.
Q. What are some specific examples of that engagement with stakeholders?
A. Well, with regard to business partners and service chains, we believe that by cooperating with our CSR questionnaire to confirm product safety and labor conditions, we can improve the level of CSR activities throughout the Group’s value chain .

As for employees, we are actively encouraging programs where potential young employees can share ideas and create new businesses in order to further enhance the emergence (independence) of employees.

In May 2019, we also expressed our support for the TCFD Recommendations in disclosing information on climate change. Going forward, we aim to generate new value through activities that engage with a range of stakeholders.

Evaluation and Opinion of CSR Management

Evaluation and Opinion of CSR Management

Third-Party Verification

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The environmental performance data of the Daigas Group included in this report underwent third-party verification by Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd. The verification was conducted to check whether the data were reliable and accurate, and consistent with the purpose of the report.

Daigas Group CSR Report 2019 Independent Verification Report (Excerpt)

Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd. (Bureau Veritas) has been engaged by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (Osaka Gas) to provide limited assurance and to conduct an external review over sustainability information selected by Osaka Gas. This Assurance Statement applies to the related information included within the scope of work described below.

Selected information
INDEPENDENT ASSURANCE STATEMENT

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The scope of our assurance work was limited to assurance over the following information included within the Daigas Group CSR Report 2019 (the ‘Report’) or the Osaka Gas corporate website (the ‘Website’) for the period of April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 (the ‘Selected Information’):

Environmental data selected by Osaka Gas which are related to the following items:

  • Energy consumption
  • Atmospheric emissions
  • Water withdrawal and discharge
  • Chemical substances
  • Waste
  • Gas sales by volume
  • Amount of LNG handled
  • FY2019 results to Environmental Action Targets

Note: The reporting boundaries for each data are defined by Osaka Gas.

The scope of our review work was limited to assurance over the following information included within the Daigas Group CSR Report 2019 (the ‘Report’) or the Osaka Gas corporate website (the ‘Website’) for the period of April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 (the ‘Selected Information’):

  • The amount of contribution to CO2 emission reduction by Daigas Group (including contribution to reductions at customer sites and overseas)

Note: The reporting boundaries and calculation methodologies are defined by Osaka Gas.

Assessment Standard

We performed our assurance work in accordance with International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (Revised), Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information (Effective for assurance reports dated on or after December 15, 2015) issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and ISO14064-3 (2006): Greenhouse gases—Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions.

We performed our review work by using Bureau Veritas’ standard procedures for external review of sustainability information.

Verified greenhouse gas emissions

We performed our verification work on greenhouse gas emissions data in accordance with the requirements of ISO14064-3 (2006)

Verified data in greenhouse gas assertion made by Osaka Gas are as follows.

Greenhouse gas emissions
[kt-CO2e]
Boundary
Scope 1 5,052 GHG emissions accounted and reported in line with the ‘GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard’ through business operations of Osaka Gas and its 56 consolidated subsidiaries
Scope 2 228
(location-based)
196
(market-based)
298* GHG emissions through business operations of Osaka Gas and its 56 consolidated subsidiaries
Scope 3 29,459 Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of Scope 3 GHG emissions accounted and reported in line with the ‘GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard’ within the boundaries defined by Osaka Gas for each category
*
This figure shows CO2 emissions calculated using the average electricity emission factor of thermal power plants.
Conclusion

On the basis of our methodology and the activities described above:

  • Nothing has come to our attention to indicate that the Selected Information has not been properly prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the Reporting Criteria;
  • It is our opinion that Osaka Gas has established appropriate systems for the collection, aggregation and analysis of quantitative data within the scope of our work.

CSR of Daigas Group

President's Commitment
Management and CSR of the Daigas Group
Policies on CSR
Special Feature
The Daigas Group addresses social issues with its human resources and technical expertise
Corporate Governance
Stakeholder Engagement
Value Chain of the Daigas Group
Actions on Materiality
CSR Charter Ⅰ
Creating Value for Customers
CSR Charter Ⅱ
Harmonizing with the Environment and Contributing to Realizing a Sustainable Society
CSR Charter Ⅲ
Being a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
CSR Charter Ⅳ
Complying with Laws and Regulations and Respect for Human Rights
CSR Charter Ⅴ
Management Policy for Human Growth
ESG Data
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President's Commitment
Management and CSR of the Daigas Group
Corporate Principles and CSR Charter
Daigas Group Code of Conduct
Global Compact and ISO 26000
Long-Term Management Vision 2030
Medium-Term Management Plan 2020
CSR Integrated into
Management Strategy
Policies on CSR
Special Feature The Daigas Group addresses social issues with its
human resources and technical expertise
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
through efficient use of natural gas and expansion of renewable energy
Constructing resilient infrastructure for disaster-resistant urban development
Promoting the evolution of ICT/IoT
services to solve customer problems
Corporate Governance
Corporate Governance
Risk Management
CSR Management
Stakeholder Engagement
Dialogue and Cooperation with Stakeholders
Response to Stakeholders' Voices
Value Chain of the Daigas Group
Enhancement of CSR in Our Value Chain
Social Impact of Business Activities in Our Energy Value Chain and Efforts to Reduce Such Impact
CSR Efforts Throughout Supply Chain
Electricity and Gas Industry Reform
Actions on Materiality
Materiality
Customer Health and Safety
Energy / Emissions
Local Communities
Customer Privacy
Supplier Assessment
Training and Education
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Economic Performance
CSR Charter Ⅰ
Creating Value for Customers
Index
CSR Indicator
Safety and Security 1: Procurement Stage
Safety and Security 2: Processing Stage
Safety and Security 3: Distribution Stage
Safety and Security 4: Consumption Stage
Incorporating Customer Opinions
Proposing New Value
CSR Charter Ⅱ
Harmonizing with the Environment and Contributing to Realizing a Sustainable Society
Index
CSR Indicator
Environmental Management
Environmental Management:
Indicators, Targets and Results
Actions for Climate Change:
Recognition of and Action on Risks and Opportunities
Actions for Climate Change: Method to Evaluate Effects of CO2 Emissions Reduction
Actions for Climate Change: Working to Reduce CO2 Emissions in Business Activities
Actions for Climate Change: Working to Reduce CO2 Emissions at Customer Sites
Efforts in Resource Recycling
Conserving Biodiversity
Developing Environmental Technologies
Addressing Environmental Risk
Green Purchasing and Green Distribution
Environmental Communication
CSR Charter Ⅲ
Being a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
Index
CSR Indicator
Social Contribution Activities
Corporate Volunteering Activities under the “Small Light Campaign”
Activities for Promoting Communication with Society
Activities at Osaka Gas' Foundations
CSR Charter Ⅳ
Complying with Laws and Regulations and Respect for Human Rights
Index
CSR Indicator
Compliance Promotion Efforts
Action on Human Rights
Efforts for Protection of Personal Information
Information Security
Consultations and Reports from Partner Companies
CSR Charter Ⅴ
Management Policy for Human Growth
Index
CSR Indicator
Employment
Acceptance of Diversity
Balancing Work and Family
Human Resource Development and Rewards
Communication Between Employees and Company
Improving Occupational Health and Safety
ESG Data
Environmental Performance Data
Social Data
Governance Data
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