Environmental Initiatives

Marubeni Group’s Environmental Initiatives

Establishment of Environmental Goals

At the beginning of each fiscal year, Marubeni identifies the issues specific to each group regarding environmental risk management, Marubeni Group company administration, environmental business promotion, energy conservation, resource conservation, and other related matters using the Environmental Plan/Check Sheet. Marubeni then establishes environmental goals for each group and conducts related activities to achieve them.

Assessment of Environmental Performance

Inspection

Each group at Marubeni formulates environmental action plans at the beginning of each fiscal year and self-checks its progress against the plan in September and February using the Environmental Plan/Check Sheet.

Auditing

Internal auditors perform annual environmental audits on Marubeni Corporation and subsidiaries with multi-site certifications scheme.
In addition, our environmental performance is subject to audits twice a year by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd. (LRQA), an ISO 14001 certification and registration organization.
In the year ended March 31, 2016, the LRQA assessment found no significant issues in our EMS.

Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

Each department at Marubeni and subsidiaries list applicable environmental laws, regulations, standards, and rules, and perform periodic reviews to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements.
During the year which ended on March 31, 2016, Marubeni conducted an assessment to determine whether its 106 departments and 133 Marubeni Group companies were in compliance with the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act.
Marubeni also conducted an e-learning training program on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act for all executives and employees, including temporary employees. At the same time, seminars were held on the same topic at the Tokyo Head Office and major domestic branches (Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido and Kyushu), where outside experts provided pertinent guidelines and information. 597 Marubeni Group employees in total participated in the training program. Likewise, the corresponding groups conducted more practical and hands-on forms of training.
As a result of these and other initiatives, there were no serious violations of environmental laws or regulations by the Marubeni Group in the year ended on March 31, 2016.

Environmental Education and Training

Marubeni provides environmental education to its employees to help raise their awareness of relevant issues. In the year ended March 31, 2016, the CSR/Global Environment e-learning Training Program was conducted for all executives and employees, including temporary employees. Approximately 3,000 executives and employees participated in the training program. Marubeni organizes a variety of programs, including environmental training designed for new employees. Other specific programs include: the Environmental Officers e-learning Training Program and the ISO 14001 Internal Environmental Auditors Training Program. In addition, personnel who perform a leading role in the implementation and operation of the EMS must receive ISO Environmental Auditors Training, which is conducted by external training organizations.

Environmental Training Programs and Seminars in the Year Ended March 31, 2016

Training Program/Seminar Number of Participants
ISO 14001 Internal Environmental Auditors Training Program (Tokyo, Osaka) 51
Seminar on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Kyushu) 597
CSR/Global Environment Training Program (e-learning) 2,901
Training on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act* (e-learning) 2,955
Group-Specific Training on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 186

Environmental Assessment of Development Projects and Financing/Investment

Before launching a development project or financing or investing in a new business, Marubeni assesses the project's conformity with environmental laws and the levels of possible adverse impact on the environment in the event of an accident or some other emergency using the “Environmental Evaluation Sheet.” The complete evaluation sheet is used as part of making the final decision on whether or not the project should be implemented.
Follow-up evaluation is also conducted for projects considered to have potential environmental risks as a result of the initial assessment. Follow-up is continued until all concerns have been dispelled. In the year ended March 31, 2016, we assessed 83 projects with environmental risks, including projects for natural resources and energy development, food production and transportation, real estate development and others.

Number of Environmental Evaluations in the Year Ended March 31, 2016 by Risk Type

Atmospheric Pollution 40
Water Pollution 43
Soil Pollution 28
Noise/Vibration 40
Offensive Odor 5
Waste Increase 19
Natural Resource Depletion 17
Global Warming 19
Biodiversity 4
Others 5
Total 220

(The total is not equal to the aggregate of environmental assessments conducted 83 as some assessments identified no applicable risks, while others detected more than one risk.)

Promoting Environmental Consideration at Marubeni Group Companies

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our overall business operations, Marubeni Group companies are encouraged to support and join environmental conservation activities, which are designed in line with the Marubeni Group Environmental Policy. We also monitor their ISO 14001 status, emergency response measures, and environmental management systems.
In addition, Marubeni Group companies are asked to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and develop contingency plans for emergencies.

Operating Companies' Environmental Performance Review

Aiming to reduce the environmental impact of its operations across the Group, the Marubeni Group conducts a survey-based annual review of Marubeni Group companies' environmental performance.
This detailed assessment includes identification and status confirmation of elements within our operations that impact the environment, applicable environmental laws and regulations, emergency response measures, and environmental problems.

Site Inspection at Marubeni Group Companies Yet to Acquire ISO 14001 Certification

  • On-site inspection conducted at the Kagoshima feed mill belonging to Marubeni Nisshin Feed (Year Ended March 31, 2012)

Marubeni identifies and conducts on-site inspections of subsidiaries engaged in activities that have a relatively high risk of exerting a significant environmental impact. For these on-site inspections, Marubeni personnel visit the plants and offices of the target companies together with auditors from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd., to inspect the sites, check systems designed to ensure compliance with environmental requirements, and confirm the companies' environmental risk control status. During the year which ended on March 31, 2016, 24 sites in 20 domestic and overseas companies were inspected. The on-site inspections identified no significant issues at any of the companies. Going forward, Marubeni will continue working to enhance its environmental management system across the Marubeni Group.

Energy Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, and Waste Reduction Activities

Marubeni has set numerical targets for its energy conservation, natural resource conservation, and waste reduction efforts. The targets and results for the year ended on March 31, 2015 are shown below.

Targets to Achieve by the Year Ending March 31, 2021

Numerical Targets in the Year Ending March 31, 2021 Results in the Year Ended March 31, 2016
(1)Energy Usage (electricity and gas) at Tokyo Head Office and Osaka Branch Reduce energy usage (electricity and gas) by 10.5% compared to the year ended March 31, 2010 42.8% decrease from the year ended March 31, 2010
(2)Waste Generation at Tokyo Head Office Reduce waste generation by 30% compared to the year ended March 31, 2011 26.5% decrease from the year ended March 31, 2011
(3)Waste Recycling Rate at Tokyo Head Office Achieve a waste recycling rate of 90% or more 94.6%
(4)Water Consumption at Tokyo Head Office Reduce water consumption by 3% compared to the year ended March 31, 2011 0.6% increase from the year ended March 31, 2011
(5)Green Product Purchase Rate at Major Offices* Achieve a green product purchase rate of 85% or more 85.8%
  • *Major offices: Six locations, comprising Tokyo Head Office and five branches (Hokkaido, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyushu, Shizuoka)

Working to Achieve the Post-Kyoto Protocol Targets

The Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC) endorses Nippon Keidanren's Commitment to a Low-Carbon Society (plan for achieving the post-Kyoto Protocol Targets). Marubeni, as a JFTC member, has voluntarily set a target for the year ending March 31, 2021 of reducing electricity and gas consumption at its Tokyo Head Office and Osaka Branch Office by 10.5% from the level in the year ended March 31, 2010. Marubeni is working to achieve this target by, for example, boosting introduction of energy-conserving systems and equipment.

Reduction in Environmental Impact of Transport

In compliance with the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, Marubeni is striving to reduce the environmental impact of transport where we are the cargo owner. Marubeni's performance data is shown below.

  Amount transported
(Thousand ton-km)
CO2 emissions
(tCO2eq)
Basic unit
(kl crude oil eq per thousand ton-km)
For the year ended March 31, 2010 443,194 22,200 0.0186
For the year ended March 31, 2011 354,701 18,700 0.0197
For the year ended March 31, 2012 388,334 20,357 0.0196
For the year ended March 31, 2013 516,623 25,187 0.0181
For the year ended March 31, 2014 498,433 24,003 0.0179
For the year ended March 31, 2015 476,147 23,872 0.0186
For the year ended March 31, 2016 421,077 19,714 0.0173

Going forward, we will continue to promote higher loading efficiency, greater use of energy-efficient vehicles, and an efficient modal shift in our shipping.

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