and emission of greenhouse gas.
The international community has begun significant efforts toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
For its part, the Pioneer Group has set a milestone target to reduce our direct CO2 emissions (Scope 1 1 + Scope 2 2) 30% by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2030 compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, and is driving activities to achieve this. Thanks to continued efforts such as carrying out energy conservation activities, restructuring businesses, and improving the efficiency of telecommuting and other working styles, emissions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 saw a 21% decrease compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.
We will continue striving to achieve our targets as quickly as possible, while considering other measures such as implementing and procuring renewable energy.
The Pioneer Group understands that achieving carbon neutrality will mean a major transformation of social and industrial structures in relation to energy. In the industries we operate, the spotlight has been on green growth strategies such as transforming vehicle use and logistics that accompany efforts toward carbon neutrality. In order to fulfill our corporate responsibility in a carbon neutral society, we will calculate and reduce CO2 emissions across the supply chain (Scope 3 3) in our businesses. Furthermore, we will actively conduct LCA 4 to produce products and services that contribute to this in the field of mobility.
1. Scope 1: An organization’s direct GHG emissions (fuel combustion, industrial processes, etc.)
2. Scope 2: Indirect emissions associated with the use of electricity, heat, or steam supplied from another company.
3. Scope 3: Indirect emissions besides those from Scope 1 and 2 (emissions from other companies related to the reporting organization’s activities)
4. LCA: Life Cycle Assessment. A methodology for assessing the environmental impact of products and services.
Greenhouse gas emissions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 from the Pioneer Group’s business sites fell 21.4% compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.
Greenhouse gases emissions
Energy consumption for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 from the Pioneer Group’s business sites fell 27.6% compared to the previous fiscal year.
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In order to reduce the CO2 emission amount in entire products lifecycle, we conduct LCA (life cycle assessment), analyze the CO2 emission amount, and conduct visible management to confirm reduction of emission amount compared with previous products, to address to prevent the global warming.
The target value of global warming countermeasures at sites proceeded by Pioneer has been established by considering various promises with stakeholders. Large-scale sites promote activities based on the frameworks of Energy Saving laws, and some sites focus on global warming countermeasure proceeded by local government.
Kawagoe Plant participates the Cap-and-Trade Emissions Trading System of Saitama Prefecture, takes reduction activities for the reduction target specified for production industry, then achieves the target by not using the emissions trading.
The third party verification: When reporting about the Cap-and-Trade Emissions Trading System of Saitama Prefecture, Kawagoe Plant had the third party verification for the greenhouse gas emission amount by the registered verification organization about 1st planning period of standard year and from H23 to H26, and the 2nd planning period from H27 to R1. Based on the verification guideline of Saitama Prefecture about the emission amount, boundary, measuring point, evidence of energy use amount were confirmed, and transparency and reliability of the data can be confirmed.
Electric power makes up 83% of the energy use of the Pioneer Group. (result on March 2020) Most of the power is purchased from power companies. Considering about the greenhouse gas emitted at the time of power generation, electric power quality should also be taken into account. In regard to the introduction of renewable energy in Japan, solar power generating equipment for 30 kW has been installed at the Kawagoe Plant (Saitama prefecture).
Solar generation equipment
in Kawagoe plant
Energy Saving Subcommittee in Soar Corporation (Group company of Tohoku Pioneer) takes activities by working style with various divisions under the leadership of facility department about the theme of energy reduction in business activities. The Energy Saving Subcommittee focused on efficiency of operation time of the clean dry air supply machine used at production site. When the clean dry air supply machine stops once and restarts, recovering to supply low dew point air, which is necessary for production, takes 4 hours or more, so production schedule needs to be grasped in detail. But by establishing frameworks to adjust with each related division in detail, operation stop in appropriate timing became possible. By this effort, 182.3 MWh electrical power can be reduced, it is reduction effect of 95.3 t-CO2 by conversion to CO2. By leadership of Energy Saving Subcommittee, Soar Corporation (Group company of Tohoku Pioneer) makes effort to optimize work processes to reduce the greenhouse gas emission cooperating with related divisions.
Energy Saving Subcommittee
Clean dry air supply machine
Reduction effect of CO2 emission