Note: Activities are as of the fiscal year ended March 2019.
Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions
The BANDAI NAMCO Group has set annual reduction targets for CO2 emissions in each business field. We are working to achieve reductions by taking eco-related initiatives. Groupwide emissions in FY2019.3 were 59,551 t-CO2, a reduction of approximately 7% from FY2012.3. From FY2019.3, we introduced the basic unit* as a method of managing emissions for each business segment, in addition to managing them by their amount, in our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
*CO2 emissions per number of employees or total floor space.
At the BANDAI NAMCO Group, we carry out appropriate environmental management by business segment led by BANDAI NAMCO Holdings. For example, in the Toys and Hobby Unit, we have in place the CSR Promotion Committee system where the core company, BANDAI, maintains the secretariat, the president and representative director of BANDAI serves as the chairman, and related business departments and business companies participate as members. The secretariat leads the environmental activities, including the formulation of policies and promotion of the Promotion Committee, as well as encourages the implementation of environmental activities based on respective targets set. At the CSR Promotion Committee, we report at the quarterly regular meetings to share progress and issues.
The Eco Medals Committee, which is a sub-committee of the CSR Promotion Committee in the Toys and Hobby Unit, promotes specific groupwide initiatives, such as introducing its original system, Eco Medal Certification System, within the Unit.
Promoting Eco Medal Certification for Environmentally Friendly Products
The Eco Medal Certification System is an environmental initiative that was launched in February 2016. The certification applies to all products handled by the Toys and Hobby Unit, and products that meet the internal standards for environmental friendliness are certified as Eco Medal products.
Evaluations are made in three categories comprising the elements of a product – the product itself, the packaging, and the instruction manual, etc. By the end of March 2019, 132 products had been recognized to meet the standards and certified as Eco Medal products.
We are working to promote this Eco Medal label to consumers and push penetration by placing the label on product packages and the company website.
Reduction of Material & Recycling of Gashapon® (capsule-toy vending machines) Capsule Containers
In March 2013, BANDAI began using only one type of plastic, PP (polypropylene), for its Gashapon® capsule containers, instead of two types of plastic materials conventionally used, and launched “MONO capsule”, which is approximately 60% lighter in weight than the previous capsule. Today, almost all capsules have been converted to MONO capsule (with the exception of products where the capsule is a product in itself).
While promoting activities to reduce the amount of plastic used, we began collecting empty capsules abandoned at stores and recycling them in FY2009.3. In the initial year of FY2010.3, we collected approximately 3.7 tons of empty capsules. The amount of empty capsules collected increased to roughly 8.0 tons in FY2019.3. The empty capsules collected are recycled into plastic plant pots and desktop trays for office supplies, etc.
Furthermore, in recent years, we have been launching capsule-less products by eliminating the capsule itself and releasing the toy without the capsule, and these products are becoming popular.
The capsule-less toys are designed so the part that serves as a capsule is instead the head of the toy to which other parts such as the body and arms and legs are attached to come up with a large figure. As a result, these products offer new value and are also certified as environmentally-friendly Eco Medal items.
In FY2019.3, we sold 55 capsule-less products, including top-selling items such as the Pill Bug Series.
Environmental Protection Initiatives at BANDAI Hobby Center
At BANDAI Hobby Center, where plastic models are produced, we have installed solar panels on exterior walls and generate 56,000 kWh of solar power a year. In addition, we have in place a system for reusing rain and underground water and reuse 2,000 tons of water a year.
Initiatives to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Facilities
We are moving forward with energy-saving measures for existing devices and equipment at our amusement facilities. For example, we have replaced halogen lamps and fluorescent lighting with LED lamps for use in some stores, crane game machines, large medal pusher game machines, single medal machines, etc., in an effort to decrease electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In FY2019.3, we installed LED lighting for 1,080 units of CLENA 2 crane game machines installed in amusement facilities run by BANDAI NAMCO Amusement. In addition, we have been promoting LEDs for general lighting in stores.
Replaced the lamps on crane game machines with LED lamps
Installed LEDs for store signs and interior lighting
Initiatives for Environmental Consideration at Live Events
At BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative, we are aggressively utilizing LED lighting at live events and taking other steps to save energy. In addition, by reusing stage scenery, we are working to reduce the use of natural materials such as wood.
Visual and Music Production Unit also makes an effort to sell reusable goods at live events. In addition to selling original eco bags at the event site, we sell battery-based penlights that can be used repeatedly instead of disposable penlights, which are used during live events.
Promotion of Digital Drawings in Animation Production
At BANDAI NAMCO Pictures, we established Osaka Studio in August 2018 where we promote paperless operations by adopting digital drawings.
Digitalization of animation production not only restrains the use of a massive volume of conventional drawing papers but also allows the delivery of drawings via a network, thereby contributing to reducing CO2 emissions in transport.
Initiatives for Promoting Eco Driving in Logistics Operation
The eco-driving initiatives that BANDAI LOGIPAL and LOGIPAL EXPRESS have been implementing since FY2004.3 have become established, and we continue to maintain a 24.0% increase in average company-wide fuel efficiency compared to that when these initiatives were first introduced.
One of the 3-ton trucks that is used for deliveries around the outskirts of the Tokyo metropolitan area uses 100% biodiesel fuel made from waste cooking oil.
In addition, at sales offices with diesel tanks installed on the grounds, we shifted to diesel with 5% biodiesel fuel from FY2014.3 and have continued use in FY2019.3.
LOGIPAL EXPRESS Wins the MLIT Minister’s Award in Eco Driving Activity Contest
In the “Fiscal 2018 Eco Driving Activity Contest” organized by the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation, LOGIPAL EXPRESS received the Award of the Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism awarded to the organization that demonstrated the most outstanding initiatives out of the 665 applicants. We received high recognition for the continuous initiatives taken, such as maintaining our proprietary Environment Manual over many years, implementing fuel efficiency management and education using digital tachographs, and holding driver contests.
Reducing Domestic Transport by Utilizing Two Ports
In our logistics operation, when importing products manufactured overseas, we use two ports - Tokyo and Kobe - depending on the destination, which leads to reducing CO2 emissions during the transport process.