Energy Conservation Activities, Environmental Education in the Office

Environment Activities at the NYK Head Office

At the beginning of each fiscal year since 2008, we have established specific action plans and targets to reduce CO2 emissions.

Use of LED lights

NYK has installed LED fluorescent lights at company-related facilities. LED lights not only use less electricity but also can be used for longer durations. Furthermore, LED lights that will not affect operation are turned off.

Water-saving devices

Water-saving devices have been attached to faucets in the lavatories.

Optimal use of window shades and air conditioning

We have placed emphasis on making optimal use of window shades and air conditioning.

In summer, a closed window shade during daylight hours can keep heat out and cool air in a building. In winter, closed blinds when the sun is down can keep cold air out and warm air in a building.

Open blinds on a clear winter's day allows warm sunshine to enter.
Closed blinds on a hot summer afternoon reduces the load placed on air conditioners.

Closed blinds on a hot summer afternoon reduce the load placed on air conditioners. It is extremely difficult to maintain comfortable office temperatures, so we coordinate with building management to efficiently maintain a comfortable office environment.

Temperature controls for each floor
Using temperature data from continually monitored floors, we seek to maintain a comfortable, energy-efficient office environment.

We are also making other efforts that will reduce environmental loads, such as turning some office lights off during lunch and other times.

Rooftop Garden

As part of the renovation of the Yusen Building, a rooftop garden was built to reduce the heat absorbed by the building in summer, thus trimming the energy needed to cool the building and the emissions generated as a result. The area has been named the "Green Deck" and includes a lawn, a section where herbs are grown, and even some outdoor fitness equipment. Moreover, the deck provides staff members a sanctuary where they may enjoy lunch outdoors, do a little exercise, and relax among the shrubbery.

Building Brownout Activities ⁄⁄ Yusen Real Estate Corporation ⁄⁄
Right, Masato Katayama, president of Yusen Real Estate Corporation, receiving the award from Hiromi Mitsuhashi, president of the Japan Association for Real Estate Sciences

In fiscal 2011, Yusen Real Estate Corporation implemented its "Win-Win Brownout" campaign, in which the company requested its tenants to share information and cooperate with building brownouts to drastically reduce energy consumption. As a result, energy use was reduced by an average of about 30 percent per month. In the end, this electricity savings in communal areas allowed Yusen Real Estate Corporation to reduce its tenants' electricity bills.

In fiscal 2012, Yusen Real Estate Corporation introduced an additional brownout activity called "We're on the same boat." In this activity, rising electricity expenses were not passed on to tenants. Instead, by lowering the supplied capacity of electric power to a respective building, the basic charge for contracted power could be reduced, and rising prices were then absorbed through the tenants' cooperation with the brownout. In the end, this activity allowed electricity cost to be controlled.

In recognition of these activities, Yusen Real Estate Corporation received the Japan Association for Real Estate Sciences' fiscal 2013 Achievement Award.*1

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  • *1This award is given to recognize the establishment of insightful new business programs or exceptional accomplishments that may have resulted in new real estate business. The award also recognizes achievements in "software" - i.e., finance, circulation, management, research, and publication - in addition to "hardware" - i.e., ideas for development.
Group-wide Environmental E-learning

To raise the environmental awareness of NYK Group employees, we offer an annual environmental e-learning course. In 2020, our 14th year, more than 10,000 NYK Group employees worldwide participated in the course to learn about environment-related movements internationally and the NYK Group's initiatives, such as the group's ISO14001 certification and our use and development of environmental technologies.

Environmental Preservation Campaign: The Earth Is Our Home
The Earth is our Home

<Campaign Activities in 2020>
NYK conducts an environmental-preservation campaign called "The Earth Is Our Home" as part of its annual observance of World Environment Day on June 5. The followings are some activities carried out in 2020.

1. Environmental Photo Contest

We invited all NYK Group Staff and their families to participate in an environmental photo contest, and the following three photos received special recognition:

Sunset at Mercer Meadows
The Shore
The Zhangdu Lake natural landscape in Wuhan suburban

2. Environmental Slogan Competition

We invited NYK Group staff members overseas to create a slogan related to the environment. The three slogans below were selected for special recognition:

A Beautiful Earth starts with you
Care today for the children of tomorrow
(N)ature is (Y)our (K)ey to happiness

3. Senryu Competition in Japan

NYK held an ecologically themed senryu competition in Japan. A senryu is a short humorous verse. One first prize and four second prizes were awarded to notable submissions.

CO2 Reduction / Light-Down Campaign

Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) conducts a "CO2 Reduction / Light-Down Campaign" on the day of the summer solstice and every July 7, which has been designated as "Cool Earth Day" by the MOE. Through this campaign, the MOE encourages less lighting to reduce electricity use.
(From fiscal 2019, the campaign call by the MOE has ended, and it has been changed to be voluntarily implemented by each company.)

The NYK head office participates in this campaign every year by reducing evening lighting at the company cafe.

Ceiling lights are turned off and natural outside light is utilized. After 5:00 p.m., reduced lighting is supplemented by candlelight. And electricity use (lighting and electrical outlets) on this day is reduced by 30%.