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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
|Natural Resource Depletion||17|
(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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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%|
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.
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.
(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.