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Toward a Sustainable Society

"Environmental Vision 2050" Reduction of CO2 Emissions

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Environmental Vision 2050

In this Environmental Vision, the Brother Group outlines its plan to address the escalation of environmental problems, including climate change, depletion of resources, pollution caused by waste, and disruption of ecosystem (loss of biodiversity), on a long-term basis and in a continuous way, perceiving these problems as serious challenges as well as our business risks.

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The vision indicates that the Brother Group will contribute to creating a carbon-free society that the Paris Agreement aims to achieve (i.e., substantially eliminating greenhouse gas emissions).

Reduction of CO2 emissions

GOAL

By 2050, the Brother Group will actively reduce CO2 emissions from the entire value chain in all business operations and contribute to creating a carbon-free society that the global community aims to achieve.

Mid-term target for FY2030*

[Scopes 1 and 2]
Achieve 30% reduction from the FY2015 level

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[Scope 3] Categories 1, 11, and 12
Achieve 30% reduction from the FY2015 level

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To achieve the ambitious target of a 30% reduction from the FY2015 levels (the mid-term target for FY2030), the procurement, development, manufacture, logistics, sales, and service divisions will work closely with each other to address the challenge.

  • 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.
  • 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,and ensure the efficient operation of production equipment at factories.

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
  • 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 2,774,361 3,112,337 337,976  
  C1 C1 Purchased goods and services 1,245,408 1,405,569 160,161  
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 1,175,761 1,339,720 163,959  
C12 C12 End-of-life treatment of sold products 149,551 167,704 18,153  
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 2,970,274 3,297,929 327,655  
Market-based 2,969,425 3,301,625 332,200  

*:  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.).

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