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Action against climate change

Reduction in CO2 emissions

Toward a 25% reduction across the business life cycle by fiscal 2020

In our environmental vision, which aims to achieve a "more eco more smile" world, we set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% compared with fiscal 2008 by no later than fiscal 2020. Our emission calculations go beyond the CO2 emitted from our office activities. We also believe that the emissions produced in all activities leading up to the final form of our goods and services are our responsibility, and we include the entire life cycle of these goods and services as well as our employees' business activities in the scope of our calculations. We will work together with the people who use our products and services, clients, business partners, and employees in a broad range of activities aimed at preventing climate change.

Areas covered by our CO2 estimates

In addition to carbon emissions from the use of energy in our offices, we look at impacts from a wide range of corporate activities including water use, waste disposal, employee commutes and sales activities, and the manufacture of paper used in sales, advertising, and our offices. We also consider the entire life cycles of our products and services, including raw material supply, papermaking, printing, distribution, disposal, and recycling in our magazine business, and the manufacturing and distribution, use, and disposal and recycling of computer and other equipment in our Internet services.

Item Activity
Corporate activity
  • Use of electricity, natural gas, and water in our own buildings and leased buildings
  • Use of transportation by employees (commuting, sales, business trips, job relocation, etc.)
  • Disposal of industrial and general waste
  • Use of office paper (material procurement, papermaking, printing, distribution, disposal, recycling)
  • Purchase of consumables (material procurement, manufacturing)
  • Large-scale events and seminars inside and outside the company (venue electricity, setup, materials, etc.)
  • Advertisements (television, trains, newspapers, etc.)
Life cycle
(product, service)
Raw materials, manufacturing
  • Raw material procurement, papermaking, printing, binding of magazines
  • Raw material procurement, manufacturing of servers/peripheral equipment
Distribution
  • Distribution from raw material procurement to disposal
  • Distribution until servers and peripheral equipment reach data centers
Server use
  • Server operation (data center server and air conditioning power)
Disposal and recycling
  • Recycling of magazines remaining in rack/bookstores
  • Disposal and recycling of magazines by customers
  • Disposal and recycling of servers/peripheral equipment

CO2 emissions

We began calculating our CO2 emissions in fiscal 2010 and took fiscal 2008, for which we could reliably collect actual values, as our base year. With a change in our governance system in October 2012, we expanded the scope of these calculations from that year, and in 2015 revised the classification method we use for travel and commuting expenses due to the expansion of our overseas business.

Furthermore, we reviewed the process for calculating emissions that we had used prior to fiscal 2015. In order to be more accurate, we also recalculated them based on the Basic Guidelines on Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Throughout the Supply Chain (Ver. 2.2) formulated by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment. The main changes that resulted are as follows below.

We reviewed our CO2 emission output levels based on the Emission Factor Database for Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting Over the Supply Chain (Ver. 2.4)

Each year, the trend of our CO2 emissions is reported at the Board of Directors'meeting. The President, CEO, and Representative Director oversees the progress towards our target.

Note: In determining some of our CO2 emission output levels, we receive assistance from JMA Consultants Inc.

Chart of CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions by Scope
(t) FY2008 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Scope1* 1,979 3,273 3,378 3,501 2,783
Scope2* 12,276 10,006 12,549 12,150 10,138
Scope3* 280,227 193,497 199,116 206,027 187,749
Total 294,483 206,776 215,043 221,678 200,670

* We calculate emissions for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 based on the Green Value Chain Platform formulated and released by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The items required to be calculated in each Scope are the following:

Scope 1: Direct CO2 emissions from the use of gas at offices
Scope 2: Indirect CO2 emissions from the use of electricity at offices
Scope 3: Indirect CO2 emissions from activities except for those mentioned above (such as emissions from business travel and publishing information magazines).

Major efforts for CO2 reductions

We undertake the following activities to reduce CO2 emissions in our corporate activities and over the life cycles of our products and services.

Item Activity
Life cycle
(product, service)
Raw materials, manufacturing
  • Raw material procurement, papermaking, printing, binding of magazines
  • Raw material procurement, manufacturing of servers/peripheral equipment
Distribution
  • Distribution from raw material procurement to disposal
  • Distribution until servers and peripheral equipment reach data centers
Service use
  • Server operation (data center server and air conditioning power)
Disposal and recycling
  • Recycling of magazines remaining in racks/bookstores
  • Disposal and recycling of magazines by customers
  • Disposal and recycling of servers/peripheral equipment

Activities in Internet services

Internet service is indispensable for every business of Recruit Group. Amid the progress of IT on a worldwide scale, it is reported in the estimate by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that the amount of electricity consumed by IT equipment in Japan will reach up to 240 billion kWh in 2025, five times higher than the current level, and 550 billion kWh in 2050, 12 times higher than now. Recruit Group integrated its data centers and aggregated distributed IT equipment, and also built a data center with less environmental burden. At the same time, we replaced both IT and network equipment with the latest models for lower power consumption, and also reduced the overall amount of equipment. We are making efforts to reduce total CO2 emissions at our data centers used for Internet service operation.

Activities in Internet services

Activities in Information magazines

"As for Recruit Group's free magazines, we are making efforts to reduce environmental burden in each of the processes. Specifically, in order to reduce CO2 emissions, we are making various efforts such as using as thin paper as possible, reducing the number of delivery trucks, recycling the remaindered copies to cardboard, and so on.
In addition, we are conducting research on projects for improving distribution efficiency to reduce wasteful distribution, which has resulted in improving its accuracy. In Recruit Group, we call the ratio of the number of copies actually taken away to the number of copies placed in the rack the ""takeaway ratio."" We address the improvement of the takeaway ratio by taking measures such as utilizing AI."

From printing to collection: Efforts for the environment at each stag

Free magazines placed in magazine racks of railroad stations and shops nationwide, and magazines displayed and sold at bookstores and kiosks. Considerable efforts are being made at each stage of the circulation in order to realize both the timely and sufficient distribution and presentation of magazines to consumers and the reduction of environmental load to the lowest level possible.

Measures taken at the printing stage

Measures taken at the printing stage

Recruit Group publishes many types of information magazines in large quantity, reaching roughly 180 million copies in 2017. The more copies we print, the larger the quantity of paper, our key resource, we consume. Recruit Group recommends that the paper to be used for magazines be as thin as possible, on condition that the quality of the magazines can be maintained and avoiding show-through, for the purpose of minimizing the consumption of paper while providing the quantity of information needed. We also recycle all paper left over after the magazines are bound.

Measures taken at the delivery stage

Measures taken at the delivery stage

The printed information magazines are distributed from printing plants and agent warehouses to magazine racks and bookstores nationwide. The delivery, which is conducted mainly by using trucks, will increase CO2 emissions. In particular, with respect to free magazines, Recruit Group itself arranges delivery companies, and makes efforts to realize the optimum frequency of delivery to reduce CO2 emissions by planning the most appropriate schedules for publication and delivery.

Measures taken at the placement and maintenance stage

Measures taken at the placement and maintenance stage

It is our desire as business operator and at the same time, as a company responsible for reducing environmental load that free magazines placed in magazine racks and magazines displayed at stores be provided to our readers to the last one copy. To that end, the magazine racks need to be designed to attract readers easily, and must not spoil the beautiful appearance of streets or disturb the safety and movement of pedestrians. Therefore, we design and locate magazine racks with utmost care and attention. Furthermore, we request truck drivers and dedicated bookstore staff to keep our racks and store displays in order so that the racks and store displays are always kept clean and can be enjoyed by everyone.

Measures taken at the collection stage

Measures taken at the collection stage

Recruit Group also strictly manages left-over and collected information magazines which did not reach readers. It is a basic premise as a matter of course to minimize the leftovers by accurately estimating the number of magazines to published so that they will be distributed to the last copy to all the people in need of the information. The left-over information magazines are collected by our contracted wastepaper collection companies and delivered to paper manufacturing companies. The wastepaper is thus recycled into corrugated cardboard, etc. through these processes.

Optimization of the number of copies of information magazines to be printed and distributed

Recruit Group makes constant efforts to reduce the number of copies of information magazines which are collected without being read by readers. If we simply reduce the number of printed copies or the number of copies to be delivered to magazine racks and book stores, it would is likely that our information magazines will not be available to people who really need information. Therefore, we started a project aiming at optimizing the number of copies to be delivered, and adjusting the number of delivered copies, and improving the delivery method by estimating based on elaborate calculations when, where and how many readers will take our information magazines. We continue to repeat trial-and-error efforts on a daily basis by proactively making the most of cutting-edge technologies.