The INTAGE Group is committed to adapting to the impact of climate change on its business and to reducing the environmental impact that is associated with corporate activities.
In addition to reducing the amount of electricity used, we are reducing the amount of CO2 emissions in offices by improving the efficiency of our work environment and promoting energy-saving activities. We are also working to reduce paper usage, recycle the used paper, and promote green purchasing.
In addition, we are promoting initiatives based on the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and striving to enhance disclosure.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION POLICY OF THE INTAGE GROUP
- We make efforts for global environmental conservation activities continuously by positioning an environmental management system as one of our total management systems.
- We aim for resource saving and energy saving by minimizing the use of resources. Especially, we endeavor to use less paper by digitalizing information as much as possible and utilizing IT equipment.
- We endeavor to preferentially use environmentally-friendly or recyclable resources for those required for our business activities (such as facilities, materials and equipment), and to minimize the final disposal volume of waste by waste sorting to pursue the possibility of reuse.
- We ensure the penetration of global environmental conservation activities, and conduct continual and scheduled education and training.
RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS OF THE INTAGE GROUP
The INTAGE Group calculates greenhouse gas emissions at its major sites in Japan and discloses them on its website.
Approximately half of the Group's greenhouse gas emissions come from the use of electricity in offices and data centers, which fall under Scope 2 emissions. In fiscal 2022, office usage increased as the novel coronavirus infection came to an end, and electricity consumption at some business sites increased. On the other hand, the Hibarigaoka Office, which uses a large amount of energy, has continued to improve energy efficiency with the cooperation of ESCO operators*, and the total amount of electricity consumption decreased. As a result, Scope 1 and 2 emissions decreased.
In addition, since fiscal 2021, we have been calculating Scope 3 emissions in Japan. In fiscal 2022, emissions increased due to the expansion of the scope of calculation for Category 6 (emissions related to business trips).
* An energy service company (ESCO) is a provider of energy-saving services for buildings.
Greenhouse gas emissions of the INTAGE Group
|Scope 1+2 (t-CO2)
|Scope 3 (t-CO2)
|Scope 1+2+3 (t-CO2)
* Scope1: Direct emissions from use of fuels such as gasoline and diesel.
* Scope2: Indirect emissions from use of purchased electricity.
* The data is calculated from July of the current year to June of the following year.
* Boundary of data: Akihabara, Hibarigaoka, Higashikurume, Osaka, Nagano, Ikebukuro, Ochanomizu
* The Ochanomizu office was opened on fiscal 2014.
* Units of heat produced and the emission factors are calculated using the standards found in the "Act on the Rational Use of Energy" and "Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures."
Calculated based on the Ministry of the Environment's Basic Guidelines for Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Supply Chains. The calculation methods for the main categories are as follows.
・Category 1 (purchased products and services): Calculated by multiplying the purchase volume or purchase price for each product or service (copy paper, stationery, software, data cloud services, etc.) by the emissions unit value (regarding to some data cloud services, emissions are calculated independently by the service provider.).
・Category 3 (upstream processes (mining, refining, etc.) of fuel and electricity used in Scope 1 and 2): Calculated by multiplying the amount of each energy consumption by the emissions unit value (Business sites covered: Akihabara, Hibarigaoka, Higashikurume, Osaka, Nagano, Ikebukuro, Ochanomizu).
・Category 5 (waste generated from business): Calculated by multiplying the amount of waste processing entrusted for each type of waste (waste paper, waste plastic, metal scrap, etc.) by the emissions unit value (Business sites covered: Akihabara, Hibarigaoka, Ochanomizu).
・Category 6 (business trips): Calculated by multiplying the amount of business travel expenses by the emissions unit value for each mode of transportation (Companies covered: INTAGE HOLDINGS, INTAGE, INTAGE Healthcare, INTAGE TECHNOSPHERE *INTAGE and INTAGE TECHNOSPHERE have been calculated since fiscal 2022).
・Category 7 (commuting): Calculated by multiplying the amount of commuting expenses by the emissions unit value for each commuting method (Companies covered: INTAGE, INTAGE TECHNOSPHERE, DataAge, INTAGE RESEARCH, INTAGE ASSOCIATES, INTAGE Healthcare, PLAMED, INTAGE Real World, INTAGE QUALIS).
Electricity usage of Hibarigaoka
* Electricity consumption at Hibarigaoka, where a data center is located, accounts for about 60% of that of the entire group.
[TOPICS] Sustainable Efforts at the Data Center
At the Hibarigaoka Office, a data center that is in charge of the Group's IT infrastructure and business applications, as well as the customers' equipment and data, represents 65% of the electricity usage.
We therefore makes efforts in regular monitoring of its electrical usage, operation of the related ICT equipment, and maintenance of the server environment. In order to reduce the heat associated with the increase in data volume and advanced performance of the equipment, we have installed floor fans, which operate in conjunction with temperature sensors to improve theair conditioning of the racks. We also conduct thermal environmental surveys twice a year.
With the aim of providing a 24x7 management system in the event of a disaster caused by climate change or a pandemic, we have added a remote operating function in data center management, enabling remote support, from May 2020. We are helping our customers' business continuity and stable operation of various systems, contributing to the continuous improvement of their business value.
CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Based on the TCFD recommendations, the INTAGE Group has identified the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to the Group. Conducted interviews on the impact of climate change on the core companies of all disclosure segments, followed by discussion at the Board of Directors, and identified the major risks and opportunities.
Through interviews and discussions, we learned that our business activities have B to B characteristics centered on the Internet industry that handles data, so the direct impact of climate change is limited. On the other hand, indirect impact on our business will be relatively large due to the impact on business activities of our client companies. For example, opportunities such as "changes in society and consumer awareness due to climate change will create new research demands in client companies" are expected.
Going forward, we believe that we will be able to achieve sustainable and further growth by minimizing risks and taking advantage of opportunities by considering and promoting various initiatives to address climate change.
The identified risks and opportunities are described below.
Climate change risks and opportunities
|Who would be affected
|Risks & Opportunities
|Policy & Legal
|・Increase in costs due to new regulations including a carbon tax.
|Technology / Reputation
|・Opportunity loss of research demand due to delay in development of climate-related solutions.
|・Decrease of subcontracting as business situation of clients deteriorate due to tightening of climate-related regulations.
・Decrease of subcontracting as business situation of clients deteriorate due to decline in demand for existing service due to change in behavior of consumer.
|INTAGE Group / Clients
|・Impact on business continuity due to damage to offices, employees, data suppliers, etc. due to the occurrence of natural disasters.
|・Increase in costs of electricity consumption for air conditioning as a result of global warming.
・Increase in rent due to transfer of business sites due to rising sea level.
|Market / Products & Services
|・Increase of subcontracting from clients as research demand increases due to increased awareness of climate change and transformation of consumer's behavior.
|・Cost reduction by improvement of energy efficiency of offices and data center.
Participation in the Ministry of the Environment's "Cool Choice" Campaign
The INTAGE Group is participating in "Cool Choice," a new national campaign to prevent global warming promoted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment. We are communicating information through the Group newsletter and using educational video content to raise employee environmental awareness.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH BUSINESS
ACCOMPANYING THE PROMOTION OF "GREEN PURCHASING"
INTAGE RESEARCH focused early on "green purchasing" by initiating purchase of eco-friendly products and has been engaged in the study on standards used by the government for its purchasing. This is why INTAGE RESEARCH has continuously been involved in adding and reviewing fields and items (the Company refers to them as "Specific Purchasing Items") of a category called "Environmental goods and others" for promotion of purchase by the government.
If green purchasing is promoted, consumers' behavior in selecting of goods will change and result in the enhanced market competitiveness of products and services, and in reduced environmental burden over the products' lifecycles, from raw material purchasing to production, consumption, and disposal. INTAGE RESEARCH intends to promote a potential shift in demand of consumers via its business, with the aim of promoting the establishment of a sustainably-developing society.