Initiatives in Corporate Activities

1. Actions to Prevent Global Warming

We consume a great deal of fossil fuel-derived energy resources, including diesel, gasoline, and electricity. We recognize our serious and sizable responsibility to reduce our CO2 emissions and are working to do so.

Eco-Conscious Driving

The KONOIKE Group was one of the first transportation groups to adopt eco-driving to reduce CO2 emissions. At locations that own vehicles, we strictly manage the fuel efficiency of all vehicles and continue to make efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. While eco-friendly driving is important, daily vehicle maintenance is another critical element of eco-driving. In addition, eco-driving means safer driving, since drivers learn to avoid abrupt braking, acceleration, and steering. We continue to consider and practice eco-driving as an effective means for ensuring transportation safety.

Eco-Conscious Driving

Adopting Low-Emission Vehicles

In light of recent major changes in the environment regarding resources and energy, we now feel a greater sense of social responsibility as a business operator involved in logistics. Part of this responsibility is to reduce our environmental impact. We are moving forward in the adoption of low-emission vehicles that emit less carbon dioxide (CO2) and the air pollutants nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM).

Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Forklifts

In 2018, we became the first logistics firm to implement fuel cell forklifts. Currently three units are in operation. Hydrogen forklifts generate energy and drive via hydrogen fuel, making them a superior performer for the environment. While in operation, they do not emit CO2 or other substances that have a negative impact on the environment. These forklifts are also very convenient as they can be fully filled in about three minutes. Further, we generate the hydrogen using electricity from solar power, resulting in forklifts that are CO2 -free.

Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Forklifts

Utilization of Solar Energy

Photovoltaic arrays in 21 domestic locations and 2 overseas locations owned by the KONOIKE Group contribute to 
the decarbonization of Earth by producing 14.5 GWh of renewable energy yearly. Additionally, the heat-shielding effects of solar panels mitigate increasing temperatures within our warehouses, resulting in an additional contribution to a lower carbon footprint at our logistics centers. Solar power intended for internal use will be standard equipment for newly established distribution centers. Batteries will enable the centers to store energy, so that surplus electric power can be used at night or sent to other locations.  By such means, we aim to make the most effective use of renewable energy and contribute to the wider decarbonization of society.

Utilization of Solar Energy
Photo: Hazama Ando Corporation (Shizuoka Branch)

Switching to Electric Power Derived From Renewable Energy

In FY3/2022, the KONOIKE Group began switching to electric power derived from renewable energy. In the Kansai region of Japan, we have endorsed the Renewable Energy Procurement Matching Project* promoted by the government of Osaka Prefecture. Accordingly, five of our locations in the prefecture are switching to renewable energy for their power.
We are additionally switching all of our in-house electric power contracts to electric power derived from renewable energy in our medium-term management plan to FY3/2025 to actively take steps to reduce our Scope 2 CO2 emissions. In FY3/2023, we completed the switchover at 26 locations, effectively reducing 1,427 tons of CO2e.

  • A scheme in which Osaka Prefecture supports RE100 and similar initiatives by electric power customers in the prefecture. It works by identifying customers and electric power derived from renewable energy around Japan and helping to match them to each other.
CO2フリー電力への切り替え

2. Towards a Sustainable Society

Pursuit of the 3Rs and Green Procurement

The KONOIKE Group pursues the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) as a means to preserve resources. Each sales office establishes activities and targets, contributing to reducing environmental impact.
Each business location has set targets for green procurement, striving to choose products with the lowest environmental impact.

Endorsement of Government-Promoted Environmental Measures for a Sustainable Society, and Promotion of an Environmental Management System

The KONOIKE Group endorses and has registered with the government-wide national movement COOL CHOICE and promote initiatives such as Cool Biz, Warm Biz, and indoor temperature control in all workplaces. In addition, we are responding to the problem of marine plastics in concert with the Plastic Smart Campaign and continuing clean-up activities at various locations.

Endorsement of Government-Promoted Environmental Measures for a Sustainable Society, and Promotion of an Environmental Management System

The group has acquired ISO 14001 certification and is working to reduce our environmental impact as required by international standards.

Company: Eco Innovation Inc.
Registration number: JMAQA-E304
Certifying entity: Japan Management Association, Quality Assurance Registration Center

ISO14001

We acquired the Green Management Certification offered by the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. This is just one recognition of our work to ensure transportation safety and reduce environmental impact.

Organizations with Green Management Certification

Konoike Transport Co., Ltd. 36 offices  Konoike Express Co., Ltd.
Japan Airways Co., Ltd.      Konohana Transport Co., Ltd.
Kanriku Co., Ltd.

Organizations with Green Management Certification

Biodiesel Fuel From Waste Cooking Oil

The KONOIKE Group began using biodiesel fuel made from waste cooking oil. B5 biodiesel* can reduce CO2 emissions by 5% compared to diesel fuel and has been attracting attention in recent years as a fuel with low environmental impact. We used 
8,000 liters of B5 biodiesel in six trucks during FY03/2023. We also took measures to collect and recycle waste cooking oil from employees’ homes. Going forward, we will increase the number of locations using biodiesel fuel to reduce CO2 emissions and make more effective use of resources.

  • Diesel mixed with 5% biodiesel

3. Environmental Contribution Through Our Business Activities

Advancing Modal Shifts

We are pursuing modal shifts as one activity to solve environmental issues through our business. By using railroads and ships for transportation instead of trucks, it is possible to significantly reduce CO2 emissions originating from long-distance transportation. Rail freight transportation is also an effective way to address a shortage of long-distance truck drivers. Additionally, there are benefits for customers, such as stable transportation schedules and reduced transportation costs. This is why we pursue logistics based on modal shift with such focus.

モーダルシフトの推進

Railway Transport Business in India That Both Lowers Environmental Impact and Streamlines Logistics

In recent years, India’s economic development has been increasing and the country is in urgent need of a distribution network as social infrastructure. Trucks have become the leading method of land transportation. Therefore, transportation delays due to traffic congestion and the air pollution of exhaust gas have become major social problems throughout India. This has led to demand for modal shift. In response, in 2017 the KONOIKE Group launched a rail container transport business in India, the first such business by a Japanese company. Rail transportation offers a large capacity in a single trip and can reduce environmental impact in ways that contribute to the prevention of global warming. Currently, the construction of a freight railway between Delhi and Mumbai is underway as a national project. We hope to further improve our transportation capacity in India, further reduce our environmental impact, streamline logistics, and contribute to India’s economic development. As we do so, we are also striving to help prevent global warming.

Railway Transport Business in India That Both Lowers Environmental Impact and Streamlines Logistics

A car carrier train in India. A single train can accommodate approximately 300 small finished vehicles

Using Tokyo Rail Gate to Promote Modal Shift

Thanks to modal shift, we have generated about 5,000 tons in annual reduction impact for the KONOIKE Group’s CO2 emissions. To further promote modal shift, we opened the new Tokyo Rail Gate Sales Office in March 2020. The sales office is located in Tokyo Freight Terminal, the largest freight station belonging to JR Freight. The site is close to Tokyo Bay and Haneda International Airport. For that reason, we are operating the sales office as a key base for modal shift in the KONOIKE Group. Many customers with ambitious environmental targets have begun requesting service by this sales office specifically because it helps them to reduce their Scope 3 CO2 emissions.

Industrial Waste Recycling Business

Perfect Recycling System

At the KONOIKE Group, we are developing a recycling business for industrial waste aiming for both industry growth and environmental preservation. Group company Eco Innovation Inc. has built the Perfect Recycling System*, which effectively leverages customer-owned resources while generating zero waste. At ASR Recycling Kashima Co., Ltd., we established a unique system for retrieving resources from hard-to-separate industrial waste without producing any secondary waste.
By leveraging limited, precious resources effectively, we support our customers’ businesses from an environmental standpoint and contribute to the global environment.

Perfect Recycling System
  • Perfect Recycling System: A technique used for recycling industrial waste that contains iron, zinc, carbon, etc., without generating secondary waste. This system uses an RC resource circulation furnace to take waste that would have previously been disposed of via landfill and recycle it into good-quality iron/zinc resources. The company contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions by using industrial waste that would normally be incinerated. We also reuse gas emitted during processing.

Helping Customers Develop Infrastructure for Decarbonization

The KONOIKE Group provides engineering services based on our technical capabilities developed over many years through contracting work in a variety of industries. In our contracting work, we have recently seen an increase 
in inquiries for infrastructure development for decarbonization. We help our customers decarbonize by providing a diverse range of services, from the installation of solar panels to the production and installation of tanks and piping for biomass power plants, air pollution control equipment, and energy-saving related facilities.

タンク・配管工事

Tank and piping work for a biomass plant that the KONOIKE Group was involved in

4. Biodiversity Conservation Activities

Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Osaka Bay

As a company founded originally in Osaka, we have been participating in the activities of an environmental conservation NPO to preserve the ecosystem of Osaka Bay since 2013. For example, we have been helping transplant eelgrass to Osaka Bay. Eelgrass is a type of marine plant found in coastal areas. Eelgrass beds provide habitats for a variety of organisms, offering an abundant source of plankton and other food for fish. These beds also provide an environment suitable for spawning fish and growing fry. Moreover, these beds absorb nitrogen and phosphorus which facilitates eutrophication. This process improves the water quality of the surrounding sea area. However, the area covered by eelgrass beds has been shrinking due to development along coastal areas. Today, almost no eelgrass can be found in Osaka Bay. In response, the KONOIKE Group raises eelgrass seeds collected from Osaka Bay. The Osaka and Tokyo headquarters grow the seedlings between autumn and winter and transplants them back into Osaka Bay the following spring.

  • Raising Eelgrass Seedlings
    Raising Eelgrass Seedlings
  • Transplanting Eelgrass
    Transplanting Eelgrass
  • Eelgrass
    Eelgrass

Participating in the 30by30 Alliance for Biodiversity

The 30by30 Alliance for Biodiversity was established as a voluntary coalition of the Ministry of the Environment and other government agencies, corporations, and NPOs to achieve the domestic goal of 30by30, an international commitment to preserve 30% or more land and sea as healthy ecosystems by 2030.
The KONOIKE Group agrees with the purpose of establishing the Alliance and will contribute to securing a healthy ecosystem and realizing a sustainable society through NbS*, which will lead to simultaneous resolution of economic, social, and environmental issues in the region.

  • NbS: Nature-based solutions

5. Our Community Initiatives

Yodogawa River Clean-Up Activities

The Yodogawa riverbed cleaning activity began in 2012 in the Denpo district (currently Konohana Ward, Osaka) which is the district where the KONOIKE Group was founded. Only 30 employees participated in the first cleaning activity. Now, nearly 200 people participate, including local residents. In recognition of the efforts of the KONOIKE Group, we received the River Protection Achievement Award* in 2020 from the Yodogawa River Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and the Tourism Kinki Regional Development Bureau.

  • River Protection Achievement Award: An award presented to individuals and groups who have been involved in river cleaning and protection activities over an extended period of time.
Yodogawa River Clean-Up Activities

Edogawa Clean-Up Activities

Since 2018, the KONOIKE Group has been conducting clean-up activities in Edogawa, Tokyo, where the Group opened its first sales office. We volunteer in the Komatsugawa Senbon Cherry Blossom Festival and the Komatsugawa Senbon Cherry Blossom Lovers’ Association Tree-Planting Event where we clean up the area and fertilize cherry blossom trees. These events are organized by the Komatsugawa Branch Office of the Edogawa Ward Office Lifestyle Promotion Department and the Komatsugawa Senbon Cherry Blossom Lovers’ Association. The KONOIKE nameplate is hung from a cherry blossom tree at the venue, Oshima Komatsugawa Park. In June 2023, we received the 2023 Commendation for Meritorious Service to the Campaign for a Better Environment* from the Edogawa Ward for our efforts to date.

  • The Commendation for Meritorious Service to the Campaign for a Better Environment is given to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the development and spread of the Movement for a Better Environment, an environmental initiative in which Edogawa residents and the local government work together.

Other Community Contribution Activities

In addition to the contributions mentioned above, the KONOIKE Group has been involved in other environmental activities in various communities, such as clean-up activities around sales offices, cleaning of agricultural waterways, and afforestation.

Check the KONOIKE Group Integrated Report 2023 here.

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