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Reducing Environmental Impact

CO2 Emission Reduction Activities

Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050 formulated

Reduction of CO2 emissions

The Brother Group is committed to reducing CO2 emissions of the entire value chain in all its business operations by 2050 and contributing to creating a carbon-free society, which is a mission for the global community.

In March 2018, the Brother Group formulated the Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050 as a new long-term target of the Brother Group to contribute to resolving global environmental issues under the slogan “Brother Earth,” and established a mid-term target for FY2030 as a milestone.
The mid-term target for FY2030 has been recognized as a target based on scientific evidence by Science Based Targets (SBT), an international initiative established to help achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050: mid-term target for FY2030

Achieve 30% reduction in Scopes 1 and 2 from FY2015

Achieve 30% reduction in Scopes 1 and 2 from FY2015

Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050: mid-term target for FY2030

Achieve 30% reduction in Scope 3 (Categories 1, 11, and 12) from FY2015

Achieve 30% reduction in Scope 3 (Categories 1, 11, and 12) from FY2015

  • An excerpt from the Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050
  • Click the link above to read a press release.

Mid-term targets by FY2020 formulated in 2009

As a global company developing its business in different countries and regions across the world, the Brother Group recognizes its commitment to prevent global warming as a top priority to be addressed. In June 2009, CO2 reduction targets to be achieved by FY2020 were added to the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan, and active efforts have been made to achieve those targets.

The Brother Group’s CO2 emissions from energy use in Japan come mainly from electricity used by offices, while the group’s CO2 emissions overseas are attributed mainly to the use of electricity and fuel at factories and offices. The Brother Group establishes targets for each fiscal year as milestones to reduce CO2 emissions, and has been continuously implementing energy conservation measures to increase the efficiency of air conditioning and lighting,

Mid-term targets by FY2020 (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021)

  1. Cut total CO2 emissions by 30% from FY1990 levels at eight business sites in Japan*1 by FY2020 (absolute value)
  2. Cut CO2 emissions by 20% (per unit of sales) from FY2006 levels at manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA)*2 by FY2020

and ensure the efficient operation of production equipment at factories.

  • The eight business sites in Japan are the head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center.
  • USA (a manufacturing facility outside Japan) constitutes part of a sales facility. Thus, the CO2 emissions are included in the results of the sales facility.

Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018) and achievements in FY2017

Entire Brother Group

The mid-term targets by FY2020 for manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA) were attained. Thus, target facilities and new reduction targets (covering more gases than before) have been specified in the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018). The target has been expanded from manufacturing facilities to all the facilities of the group, and the target gases subject to reduction have been increased from CO2 from energy use to seven greenhouse gases including CO2. The reduction target is 1% per annum per unit of sales in CO2 emissions (Scopes 1 and 2), with greenhouse gas emissions other than CO2 being converted to CO2 equivalent.
In FY2017 (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018), the conventional energy conservation activities were continuously deployed globally to reduce the CO2 emissions from energy use. Meanwhile, the lubricants used mainly at manufacturing facilities outside Japan have been replaced in stages with those that do not emit greenhouse gases. These two measures achieved a reduction of 9.5% per annum, and 14.1% per unit of sales from FY2015 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016), achieving the target value.

Brother Group's CO2 emissions in Scopes 1 and 2

3% reduction from FY2015 levels by FY2018 (per unit of sales)

3% reduction from FY2015 levels by FY2018 (per unit of sales)

Eight business sites in Japan

In FY2017, the new building at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility went into full operation, and so the consumption of electricity and city gas increased. Thus, carbon credits for 1,500 metric tons*1 were used. As a result, emissions were reduced by 30.7% (absolute value)*2 from FY1990 (November 21, 1989-November 20, 1990) levels. Thus, the Brother Group successfully achieved the target value for FY2017 and mid-term targets by FY2020. The Brother Group will continue to implement measures to reduce CO2 emissions and attain the target.

  1. Offset Credits (J-VER) were used for 18 metric tons, and J-Credits were used for 1,482 metric tons.
  2. Regarding CO2 emissions, the emissions coefficient as defined in the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures (Japanese Ministry of the Environment) is used to calculate the emissions.

CO2 emissions from eight business sites in Japan

30% reduction from FY1990 levels by FY2020 (absolute value)

30% reduction from FY1990 levels by FY2020 (absolute value)

Manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA)

The mid-term targets by FY2020 were attained in FY2013 (April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014). Thus, the targets for the entire group have been applied.

Entire value chain

The Brother Group started calculations for Scopes 1 and 2 in FY2013, and has determined the CO2 emissions from the entire value chain since FY2014 (April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015). The calculation results for GHG emissions and energy consumption, which are in accordance with the provisions of ISO 14064-1, have been subject to verification by a third-party organization, starting with the calculation results in FY2014.
In FY2017, calculations were performed using two methods (location-based method*1 and market-based method*2) in accordance with the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance released in January 2015.

  1. The location-based method aims to perform calculations based on the grid-average emission factors in a certain area such as a country or region. The choice of low-carbon electricity is not reflected.
  2. The market-based method aims to perform calculations based on the emission factors of electricity purchased by companies in accordance with contracts. The choice of low-carbon electricity is reflected.

Scopes 1 and 2

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on ISO 14064 (Scopes 1, 2, and 3)*
Category CO2 emissions in t-CO2 equivalent Remarks
FY2016 FY2017 Increase / decrease value
Scope 1 (t-CO<sub>2</sub>): direct emissions Scope 1 (t-CO2): direct emissions 72,819 67,068 -5,752  
  Emissions by GHG type CO2 18,235 18,532 297  
CH4 46 54 8  
N2O 95 62 -33  
HFCs 9,542 7,097 -2,445  
PFCs 44,901 41,322 -3,579  
SF6 0 0 0  
NF3 0 0 0  
Scope 2 (t-<sub>2</sub>): indirect emissions from energy use Scope 2 (t-CO2): indirect emissions from energy use Location-based 123,093 122,220 -873  
Market-based 122,244 118,524 -3,719  
Scope 3 (t-<sub>2</sub>): other indirect emissions Scope 3 (t-CO2): other indirect emissions 2,729,622 3,054,418 324,796  
  C1 C1 Purchased goods and services 1,229,363 1,385,263 155,900  
C2 C2 Capital goods 59,849 68,872 9,023  
C3 C3 Fuel- and energy-related activities 10,305 11,334 1,029  
C4 C4 Upstream transport and distribution 86,629 70,416 -16,213  
C5 C5 Waste generated in operations 3,357 3,452 95  
C6 C6 Business travel 4,895 4,528 -368  
C7 C7 Employee commuting 14,326 15,689 1,362  
C8 C8 Upstream leased assets 4,312 7,211 2,899  
C9 C9 Downstream transport and distribution 18,238 16,017 -2,221  
   C10 Processing of sold products - - - No calculation target
C11 C11 Use of sold products 1,147,364 1,302,511 155,147  
C12 C12 End-of-life treatment of sold products 149,254 167,299 18,045  
C13 C13 Downstream leased assets 1,729 1,729 0  
   C14 Franchises - 97 97  
   C15 Investments - - - No calculation target
Total of Scopes 1, 2, and 3 Location-based 2,925,535 3,243,706 318,171  
Market-based 2,924,686 3,240,010 315,325  

*:  The sources of emission factors for the location-based method are as follows:
・IEA - CO2 EMISSIONS FROM FUEL COMBUSTION 2016 edition
・GHG Protocol - Calculation tools
・DEFRA

Percentage of GHG emissions in FY 2017

Statement for verification by a third party organization

Scope 3 calculation method
Scope 3 Calculation method
C1 Purchased goods and services Calculated using LCA
Calculated by multiplying the emission intensity in the materials manufacturing stage per product by the number of units sold
C2 Capital goods Calculated by multiplying the amount of fixed assets acquired in FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017) by the emission intensity based on the Input-Output Tables
C3 Fuel- and energy-related activities Calculated by multiplying the energy consumption aggregated in Scopes 1 and 2 by the CO2 emission coefficient
C4 Upstream transport and distribution Calculated using the ton-kilometer method
Calculated by multiplying the transportation distance by transportation weight using the CO2 emission coefficient established for each transportation category (aircraft, vessels, and trucks)
C5 Waste generated in operations Calculated using the CO2 emission coefficient established for each type of waste and the amount of waste generated in business operations (excluding valuables)
C6 Business travel Calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each means of transport by business travel expenses
Or, calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established in advance by the number of persons on a business trip
C7 Employee commuting Calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each means of commuting by commuting expenses
Or, calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each scale of cities where business sites are located by the number of persons commuting
C8 Upstream leased assets Calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each type of leased assets by energy consumption (kWh)
C9 Downstream transport and distribution Calculated using the ton-kilometer method
Calculated by multiplying the transportation distance by transportation weight using the CO2 emission coefficient established for each transportation category (aircraft, vessels, and trucks)
C10 Processing of sold products No target to calculate
C11 Use of sold products Calculated using the LCA database
Calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each life stage of products by the product weight
C12 End-of-life treatment of sold products Calculated using the LCA database
Calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each life stage of products by the product weight
C13 Downstream leased assets Calculated by multiplying the CO2 emission coefficient established for each type of leased assets by energy consumption (kWh)

For the scope of aggregation for Scopes 1, 2, and 3, refer to the history of audit in compliance with ISO 14064-1.

Harnessing renewable energy

Introducing photovoltaic power generation systems

Photovoltaic power generation system at the Mizuho Manufacturing FacilityPhotovoltaic power generation system at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility

Brother Industries, Ltd. introduced two photovoltaic power generation systems (power generation capacity: about 100 kW each) at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility and one system at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility. Power generation started in February 2002 and June 2014 at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility and in March 2009 at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility. The annual total power generation in FY2017 was 341 MWh, bringing the cumulative total since installation to 3,290 MWh. The photovoltaic power generation covers about 2.3% of power consumption at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility and about 1.0% at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility.

Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations of BIC (USA) Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations of BIC (USA)

Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations of BIC (USA)

Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) introduced two photovoltaic power generation systems (power generation capacity: about 60 kW each). Power generation started in January 2012. The total power generation in FY2017 was 193 MWh, which was equivalent to about 1.9% of the power consumption at the business site.
Meanwhile, Brother International S.A. (Pty) Ltd. introduced a photovoltaic power generation system (power generation capacity: 28 kW). Power generation started in October 2015.

Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations of BIC (USA) Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations of BIC (USA)Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations of BIC (USA)

Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) introduced two photovoltaic power generation systems (power generation capacity: about 60 kW each). Power generation started in January 2012. The total power generation in FY2017 was 193 MWh, which was equivalent to about 1.9% of the power consumption at the business site.
Meanwhile, Brother International S.A. (Pty) Ltd. introduced a photovoltaic power generation system (power generation capacity: 28 kW). Power generation started in October 2015.

Purchasing renewable energy

Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. (a manufacturing facility) and Brother Central and Eastern Europe GmbH (a sales facility) purchase renewable energy. Thus, their CO2 emissions in Scope 2 (market-based) were zero in FY2017.

  2015 2016 2017
Total amount of electricity generated by photovoltaic power generation systems (MWh) 498.73 501.84 533.64
Consumption of electricity generated by photovoltaic power generation systems (MWh) 333.63 339.24 340.75
  • The difference between the total amount of electricity generated by photovoltaic power generation systems and the consumption of electricity is attributed to the electricity sold by Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.).

CO2 reduction activities by the Brother Group's manufacturing facilities

Brother Industries, Ltd. (Japan)

At Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL), divisions that own equipment, the general affairs division, and the environmental division reviewed management standards for power-intensive equipment including: lighting and air-conditioning equipment, humidifiers, clean rooms, compressors, and constant temperature/humidity chambers. They identified locations that required improvements through energy conservation patrols and other means, to enhance electricity/energy conservation activities.
Since 2011 when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, business sites of BIL have been working on the following electricity/energy conservation activities, by taking supply-demand measures in cooperation with the electric supply companies and cutting peak electricity demand in summer.

  • Cool Biz (no tie or jacket worn in summer)
  • Switching off the lights of advertising towers at business sites (activity continuing at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility; the lights for the advertising tower at the head office building were replaced by LEDs and illuminated by time-based control)
  • Ensuring to observe air-conditioning temperature settings (summer: 28°C, winter: 20°C)
  • Introducing the most efficient LED fluorescent lamps
  • Removing ceiling lights where possible and installing individual canopy (string) switches
  • Switching off lights where unnecessary
  • Setting the illuminance levels for lighting in common spaces to the necessary minimum (e.g., corridors, passages, elevator halls, stairwells) and adjusting the occupancy sensor timer settings to reduce the duration in which lights are on
  • Eliminating the use of air conditioning in common spaces (e.g., corridors, passages, elevator halls, stairwells)
  • Turning off the main power supply (e.g., unplugging or switching off the main power of power strips) for office equipment (e.g., PCs, LED monitors) when employees go home
  • Requiring employees to submit special air-conditioning area applications to use rooms with temperature settings different from the standard setting, and reflecting such requirements in the ISO 14001 work instruction sheets as necessary
  • Switching off toilet seat heaters and adjusting the hot water temperature (in summer)
  • Reducing the number of hours in which tea dispensers are available and reducing the number of hot water dispensers
  • Adjusting the hot water temperatures of electric water heaters (in winter) (switching off in summer)

LED fluorescent lamps and canopy switchesLED fluorescent lamps and canopy switches Double-pane glass window sashes (interior side of windows)Double-pane glass window sashes (interior side of windows)

In FY2014, at some offices, double-pane glass window sashes (retrofitted units) were installed on the interior side of existing windows, and proved to be highly effective for thermal insulation in summer and winter. These sashes were introduced extensively from FY2015 to FY2017 to help create a comfortable office environment by reducing air-conditioning load, decreasing workplace discomfort (e.g. too hot or too cold), and reducing noise from outside. The measure has been well-received by employees.

In FY2017, at the Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, air compressors for generating compressed air for the production process were rearranged, a unit controller was introduced to consolidate the compressors, the piping was reconfigured into a loop to minimize the pressure drop at the terminal, and the number of compressors in operation was reduced. As a result, the CO2 emissions were reduced by about 100 metric tons compared to FY2016. These measures at the Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility were implemented at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility back in FY2016. At the Kariya Manufacturing Facility, continuous efforts will be made to expand the scope of measures and further increase the efficiency.
At BIL, a batch control and monitoring system was introduced for air conditioners, total heat exchangers, and humidifiers to help achieve the CO2 emissions reduction target for offices. In FY2017, the eighth monitoring station was installed in the office area of the Kariya Manufacturing Facility, making it possible to monitor the operation status of all the air conditioners (except for part of the manufacturing facility).
The electricity monitoring system that was installed in the power receiving and transforming room at the Momozono Manufacturing Facility in FY2016 continues to monitor seven business sites in total (head office building, Research & Development Center, Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, and Momozono Manufacturing Facility).

Nissei Corporation (Japan)

When adding air compressors, Nissei Corporation introduces inverter-driven air compressors (that automatically reduce the motor speed when the demand for compressed air is low) to save energy, because ordinary air compressors consume a large amount of electricity. To reduce unnecessary operation due to air leakage while compressed air is used, the air piping is inspected and repaired periodically. For equipment that is likely to cause an air leakage, operation rules have been changed to remove the couplers for air piping whenever it is not used. To reduce the electricity consumed by lighting, LED lamps were installed, and lighting fixtures were removed where unnecessary, among other initiatives.

In FY2017, LED lamps resistant to oil mist were introduced at the Main Plant, Anjo Minami Plant, and Reducers No.2 Plant. The introduction of these LED lamps reduced CO2 emissions by 205 metric tons during the one-year period.

Melting and holding furnaceMelting and holding furnace Newly-introduced inverter compressorNewly-introduced inverter compressor

Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. (Asia)

Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. built a new manufacturing facility, and transferred production from the old manufacturing facility in FY2013. The new facility was designed to give priority to energy conservation to minimize CO2 emissions from the outset. Extensive energy conservation activities have been continuously implemented.

Energy conservation feature Details
Natural lighting Roof windows are provided, and lighting is controlled by sensors depending on the indoor illuminance.
Thermal insulation The walls and roofs are thermally insulated to reduce (i) heat transmitted to the interior (solar radiation heat and outdoor heat) and (ii) heat radiated from the interior to the exterior, thus reducing unnecessary electricity consumed by air conditioning.
Total heat exchanger In the production areas that require temperature control, the outdoor air is taken in via a total heat exchanger to reduce the air-conditioning load and hence electricity consumption.
Dirivent fan The fan produces a strong air stream to spread the hot air from the heater in the manufacturing facility, achieving a uniform temperature in the working area.
Highly efficient lighting equipment The most efficient fluorescent lamps at the time of construction were installed.
Automatic lighting using occupancy sensors In areas used by many people for short periods of time (e.g. bathrooms, stairways, break rooms, and changing rooms), occupancy sensors automatically switch the lights on and off, avoiding forgetting to turn off the lights.
Integrated management system An integrated management system automatically turns off the air conditioning and lighting when and where unnecessary (e.g. during breaks and after work).

Water sprayed onto outdoor unit of air conditionerWater sprayed onto outdoor unit of air conditioner

In FY2017, a water spray cooling system was introduced on a trial basis to improve the air conditioning efficiency in summer. When the outside temperature is 35°C or higher, water is sprayed from nozzles onto the outdoor unit of the air conditioner and its surrounding area. The evaporation of water cools the outdoor unit and improves the air conditioning efficiency, and was found to effectively reduce the power consumption. Thus, the system will be officially introduced in FY2018 (April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019).

Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. (Asia)

In FY2015, Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. started to implement the energy conservation measures given below to reduce the electricity consumption.

  • Reviewed the layout of the manufacturing area and office, reduced its size, the number of pieces of equipment, and the number in operation, and cut power consumption
  • Reduced the number of compressors in operation by one by connecting the compressed air piping for two separate buildings
  • Reduced the number of air compressors in operation during the nighttime when the production load is small
  • Relocated power switches to readily accessible positions, so that electrical equipment in the production line is turned off at the end of production
  • Halved the number of test runs for maintenance inspections of generators (from twice every two weeks to once every two weeks)

Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. (Asia)

Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. has implemented the following energy conservation measures to reduce electricity consumption.

  • Installed lamps for illuminating the table for the product appearance quality inspection, and reduced the fluorescent lamps for ceiling lighting where unnecessary
  • Lowered the air pressure of air compressors and reduced the electricity consumption
  • Applied thermal insulation coating on the roof to curb the temperature rise in the room, and eliminated the air conditioner for temperature control
  • Replaced about 2,500 energy-efficient fluorescent lamps with LEDs and reduced electricity consumption
  • Reviewed the office layout and reduced its size, thus reducing the number of pieces of equipment and power consumption
  • Installed a ventilating fan for exhausting high-temperature waste heat released by a refrigerator to improve the air conditioning efficiency and reduce power consumption
  • Installed an air curtain at the entrance/exit of a cafeteria to improve the air conditioning efficiency and reduce power consumption

Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. (Asia)

Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. implemented the following energy conservation measures for air conditioning and reduced electricity consumption.

  • Modified the air-conditioning chiller pump to attain inverter control, and reduced the pump speed without affecting the air-conditioning function (about 30 t-CO2 reduced per annum)
  • Reduced the number of air-conditioning chillers in the specific area (which operated on holidays) from two to one (about 100 t-CO2 reduced per annum)
  • Reviewed the areas air-conditioned at night
  • Identified the air-conditioning overcapacity areas based on the temperature control standard and reduced the number of air conditioners operated
  • Rigorously applied the standard for managing the air-conditioning temperature
  • Reduced the operating time of the ventilating fan in the compressor room
  • Fitted insulation jackets to molding machines to suppress thermal radiation and reduce the power consumption of the heater

Chiller pumpChiller pump Inverter control consoleInverter control console

CO2 reduction activities by the Brother Group's sales facilities

Ongoing energy conservation activities at sales facilities

Energy conservation activities below are underway at offices and service centers of the Brother Group sales companies.

  • Conventional lamps are being replaced with energy-efficient LED lamps
  • Lights are being switched off and removed whenever and wherever unnecessary, and lighting fixtures fitted with sensors are being introduced
  • Temperature settings and timers of air-conditioning equipment are being reviewed
  • Power is being switched off when it is unnecessary
  • PCs are being set to standby mode and equipment is being switched off.

LED lamps used in the showroom, service center, and office LED lamps used in the showroom, service center, and office

Independent switches were added to reduce power consumption.Independent switches were added to reduce power consumption. The temperature settings of air-conditioning equipment were reviewed.The temperature settings of air-conditioning equipment were reviewed. Lights were switched off and removed whenever and wherever unnecessary.Lights were switched off and removed whenever and wherever unnecessary.

Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (North America)

In 2012, the logistics center of Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) in Tennessee was certified under the International ENERGY STAR program* for the following energy/electricity conservation activities in particular.

  • Introducing an automatic lighting control system
  • Introducing an air-conditioning control system (closed loop control type)
  • Introducing thermal insulation measures for roofs and windows

In the warehouse area, extra-large fans and ceiling fans were fixed to the ceiling to keep employees cooler in summer. In winter, warm air is circulated on the floor surface to increase the heating efficiency and reduce fuel consumed by the boiler.

Ceiling fan Ceiling equipment in the warehouse area
Ceiling fan (left) and extra-large fan (right)
Extra-large fan

*:  In the U.S., a building program (covering all types of corporate buildings) is in place for certification under the International ENERGY STAR program.

Efforts in logistics

Efforts in Japan

In Japan, the New Comprehensive Program of Logistics Policies (2009-2013) was approved at a government cabinet meeting in July 2009. This program takes into consideration the trend of measures against global warming and includes targets to achieve logistics with less environmental impact. Systematic and comprehensive efforts have been made to develop logistics measures.

The Brother Group has been reviewing delivery routes and adjusting the delivery service frequency, etc. as necessary to increase the efficiency of logistics in Japan. The logistics network was rearranged to unload products shipped from manufacturing facilities outside Japan (including those in China and ASEAN countries) at the Port of Tokyo and the Port of Osaka, which are closely located to large market areas, instead of the Port of Nagoya, which had been used before. In addition, some products are unloaded at the Port of Yokohama, which is close to customers, and the group also delivers products from warehouses in Yokohama. Truck transportation was reduced and delivery distances were significantly reduced by increasing warehousing facilities. As a result of these measures, CO2 emissions were cut by about 38% per shipped weight. The Brother Group has successfully kept CO2 emissions low ever since.

Since 2013, a modal shift has been introduced for some product shipments to large customers by switching from trucks to railroad. As a result, CO2 emissions in FY2017 were reduced by 18 metric tons.

3PL (third party logistics) is also used in the sales logistics of Brother products. It is noteworthy that sales logistics are undertaken by companies that are committed to reducing CO2 emissions (e.g., use of small hybrid delivery trucks).

Efforts at facilities outside Japan

Brother's manufacturing facilities in China and Southeast Asia produce nearly all Brother products. Many of these manufacturing facilities are located in industrial parks near ports that are served by container ships, thus the products can be shipped to overseas markets. The manufacturing facilities also employ containers with higher loading capacity to increase the loading efficiency and reduce the number of containers required.
Sales facilities in respective regions have been stepping up efforts to track logistics-related CO2 emissions, from unloading at ports to delivery warehouse and retailers, and analyze the data, so that future CO2 emissions reduction measures can appropriately reflect local conditions.
Regarding transportation of products to sales facilities in the U.S., the U.S. arrival port for unloading was changed for some products, thereby reducing distances traveled by sea, facilitating transshipping from sea to land, and enabling Brother to transport more by railway. The ratio carried by rail was increased, almost eliminating the use of trucks for urgent shipments. Since FY2011 (April 1, 2011-March 31, 2012), efforts have been made to improve respective operations by optimizing order placement cycles and transporting orders by pallet.
At the same time, a transport management system was introduced to load different products (orders received from various customers) with optimal combinations and to increase the cargo loading efficiency per truck. As a result, the transport frequency was reduced by 25% from the results of FY2009 (April 1, 2009-March 31. 2010).
Products manufactured in Southeast Asia had been transported to sales facilities via Brother International Singapore Pte. Ltd. In 2011, this system was replaced by direct delivery from manufacturing facilities to reduce marine transportation distances, etc. At various facilities (mainly manufacturing facilities) in China and other regions in Asia, delivery trucks of less than three tons were replaced with larger ones of three tons or more (whose CO2 emissions coefficient is small) to reduce CO2 emissions.

Brother Group's CO2 reduction activities in logistics

Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. (North America)

Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. (BIC Canada) switched the transport route for most cargo to Montreal from the route via Prince Rupert to a shorter Vancouver route, thereby reducing the transport distance.

Reducing transport distances by switching the transport routeReducing transport distances by switching the transport route

Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (North America)

In April 2014, Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) established the New Jersey Logistics Center (Cranbury), a new facility on the east coast of the U.S. This logistics center has reduced the distance that products are transported from the manufacturing facility primarily to the northeastern part of the U.S.

New Jersey Logistics Center (Cranbury)New Jersey Logistics Center (Cranbury)

Reducing transport distances by establishing a new facilityReducing transport distances by establishing a new facility

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. (Europe)

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. (BIUK) improved transport efficiency by increasing the container loading rate and replacing delivery trucks of less than three tonnes with larger ones of three tonnes or more. Regarding the transport for the OEM business, products had been delivered via the OEM warehouse. The transport distance was reduced by switching to direct delivery from manufacturing facilities to customers.

Reducing transport distances by switching the transport routeReducing transport distances by switching the transport route

Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. (Europe)

Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. (BISK) reduced CO2 emissions by increasing the container loading rate and replacing delivery trucks of less than three tonnes with larger ones of three tonnes or more. BISK also replaced the 13.6-meter trailers (which account for 60% of the means of transport) with 15.5-meter trailers using tandems, to further increase the transport efficiency.

Increasing the transport efficiency by replacing the trailersIncreasing the transport efficiency by replacing the trailers

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