Environmental Conservation Initiative

Environmental Conservation Initiative

Held Minato Incineration Plant Tour

On August 5, 2017, 28 volunteers made up of our employees and their families participated in plant tour at Minato Incineration Plant in Minato Ward, Tokyo Prefecture.

As the theme of this year is “Environmental Education”, we learned the process of garbage disposal and improved environmental consciousness through this tour. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Volunteer Bamboo Grove Conservation

Volunteer Bamboo Grove Conservation

On December 4, 2016, 26 volunteers made up of our employees and their families participated in bamboo thinning at Seikatsu Club "Kaze no Mura" (Life Club "Wind Village") in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture.

With the help of Seikatsu Club "Niji no Machi" (Life Club "Rainbow Town") and the Sakura Adventure Base of Seikatsu Club "Kaze no Mura" (both of which are social welfare corporations) and with guidance from planting/thinning experts, the volunteers worked together to clean the grove and used thinned bamboo to build stilts, etc. while having fun conserving the environment. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Bamboo Grove Conservation in the Kozukue Castle Site's Nature Conservation Woods

Bamboo Grove Conservation in the Kozukue Castle Site's Nature Conservation Woods

On October 3, 2015, a group of 21 volunteers made up of our employees participated in bamboo thinning at the nature conservation woods in the site of Kozukue Castle, a program sponsored by the specified non-profit corporation "Nihon no Take Fan Club (Japanese Bamboo Fan Club)." Bamboo groves should be thinned regularly to prevent them from spreading into neighboring woods and killing plants and trees, having an adverse impact on the forest environment.

With the guidance from planting/thinning experts, the volunteers used saws to thin the grove while paying attention to safety.

Thinned bamboos were used to build about 5,000 lanterns for the Bamboo Lantern Festival, which was held on October 24 in the nature conservation woods. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Hankyu Hanshin Osaka Cargo Terminal (HOCT) Receives Letter of Appreciation from Osaka Municipal Government, Recognized as "Waste Reduction Model Facilities"

Hankyu Hanshin Osaka Cargo Terminal (HOCT) Receives Letter of Appreciation from Osaka Municipal Government, Recognized as

HOCT (located at Nanko-Higashi, Suminoe Ward, Osaka City), which is certified with the environmental management system standard ISO 14001, was recently recognized by the Osaka Municipal Government for its achievements in reducing and properly treating industrial waste.
HOCT is striving to reduce waste in line with the ISO 14001-based environmental management system. Specific measures include setting waste reduction targets, holding regular in-house workshops, segregating waste for disposal and recommending a switch to reusable lunch boxes. These company-wide efforts have been rewarded with the recognition they deserve.

Volunteer Cleanup Through Hiking in Inbanuma, Narita

Volunteer Cleanup Through Hiking in Inbanuma, Narita

In October 2014, the "Inbanuma Cleanup Hiking" was organized with the Narita Environmental Network to collect empty cans and trash while hiking through the northern part of Inbanuma, Narita.

Inbanuma supplies water to nearby farmlands, factories in the Keiyo industrial area and residents in Chiba, Narashino and Funabashi. The cleanup hiking also contributes to improving the living environment.

The day was fine and a total of 32 volunteers made up of our employees and their families hiked the area with local residents for cleanup, each of whom was provided with a valuable opportunity to recognize the importance of environmental conservation in the rich natural environment of Inbanuma.

Reed Cutting and Cleanup in the Komatsugawa Natural Area on the Arakawa River Bank, Tokyo

Reed Cutting and Cleanup in the Komatsugawa Natural Area on the Arakawa River Bank, Tokyo

Following a cleanup program in Amanohashidate in 2011, the Hankyu Hanshin Express Group participated in a 2012 winter program on the Arakawa River bank, with 26 employees volunteering for reed cutting and cleanup efforts. Reed cutting in winter contributes to producing thick reed fields in spring, purifying river water and conserving biodiversity. It also provided the participants with an opportunity to learn the importance of environmental conservation in Arakawa River and Tokyo Bay.

Volunteer Cleanup in Amanohashidate

Volunteer Cleanup in Amanohashidate

As a part of our environmental conservation initiatives, 50 volunteers from Hankyu Hanshin Express Group participated in a cleanup in Amanohashidate in September 2011.

The cleanup day began with a talk delivered by local residents after which participants cleaned up the local pine forest, collecting 70 bags of rubbish, including leaves, plastic bottles and cans.

The Group is planning to continue this initiative and expand the area covered in order to conserve the beautiful shoreline of Amanohashidate, one of the most scenic places in Japan and to ensure that it is preserved for future generations.

Promoting Modal Shift and Environmentally Friendly Driving

Promoting Modal Shift and Environmentally Friendly Driving

Hankyu Hanshin Express and Hankyu Hanshin Logipartners are striving to reduce CO² emissions by introducing modal shift and promoting environmentally friendly driving.

An example of modal shift is a change from an all-truck transportation method to one that involves using consolidated rail freight, to transport customs cleared goods from a port to a mid-point where the goods are transferred to trucks for delivery to factories in inland areas. Changes like this contribute to reductions in CO² emissions.

As part of our efforts to promote environmentally friendly driving, we commenced installation of devices to prevent engine idling in 2010. All trucks have now been fitted with these devices. We are aiming to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO² emissions by the amount of CO² that 4,500 cedar trees absorb in a year.

Environmentally Friendly Ink and FSC Certified Paper

Environmentally Friendly Ink and FSC Certified Paper

The Hankyu Hanshin Express Group corporate calendar and newsletter are printed on FSC certified paper*2 using vegetable ink*1. Additionally, business cards and envelops are made with recycled paper.

*1 Vegetable ink differs from soy ink and is made of renewable oils such as soy oil, linseed oil, wood oil, palm oil and other plant derived oils as well as recycled oils.

*2 FSC certified paper is made of timber logged from appropriately managed forests

Reducing Environmental Impact through the use of Air-filled Cushioning Materials

Reducing Environmental Impact through the use of Air-filled Cushioning Materials

In December 2004, air-filled cushioning materials were introduced to replace conventional polystyrene packaging beads.

Through this we have successfully reduced waste and cargo weight, which has also helped reduce fuel consumption during transportation. As the air-filled cushioning material is made of plastic that does not produce toxic gases when combusted, the packaging does not contribute to air pollution.

Forklift with Low Environmental Impact

Forklift with Low Environmental Impact

We have replaced our conventional forklifts that we use to move cargo with environmentally friendly electric-battery powered forklifts. Through this change Hankyu Hanshin Express has reduced air pollutants and improved local environments in addition to improving the work environment of our employees.

Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001

Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001

In June 2006, two of the Group's business sites—Narita Cargo Center and Hankyu Hanshin Osaka Cargo Terminal—acquired ISO 14001*. The initiatives at those sites include efforts to reduce consumption of electricity, water and paper and encouraging the reduction and reusing of packaging materials and timber pallets.

*ISO14001: An international standard for environmental management

Participation in the Challenge 25 Campaign

Participation in the Challenge 25 Campaign

Hankyu Hanshin Express supports the Challenge 25 Campaign, which aims to reduce CO² emissions by 25% to prevent global warming. Following the decision by Hankyu Hanshin Express Holdings to participate in the campaign, Hankyu Hanshin Express has undertaken a number of initiatives.

Green Logistics Partnership

Green Logistics Partnership

Hankyu Hanshin Express has been making proactive efforts to reduce CO² emissions in logistics with the aim of becoming an environmentally friendly logistics provider.

Hankyu Hanshin Express has become a corporate member of Green Logistics Partnership, which aims to reduce CO² emissions through extensive cooperation between businesses and logistics providers. In 2006, one of Hankyu Hanshin Express's business projects was chosen as a Green Logistics Partnership model project.

Environmentally Conscious Purchasing

Environmentally Conscious Purchasing

Hankyu Hanshin Express is actively environmentally conscious when purchasing supplies for internal consumption such as copy paper and stationery. These efforts are being made throughout the Group, and in 2010 we set the target of increasing the ratio of our environmentally friendly product purchases by 5% compared to the prior year.

Cool Biz

Cool Biz

In cooperation with Group subsidiaries, the Group participates in Cool Biz (28 degree room temperature and no ties) between June and September each year to reduce electricity consumption. Following increased demand for reduced electricity consumption due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Cool Biz period was increased to May through to October in 2011 and 2012.

Hankyu Hanshin Express has also introduced Super Cool Biz, which encourages even lighter clothing during the period between June and September to help reduce power consumption further and revolutionize the working environment.

Environmental Conservation Months

Environmental Conservation Months

Hankyu Hanshin Express has designated June and December as Environmental Conservation Months. During these months we run a number of initiatives to increase employee and business partner awareness of environmental conservation. These initiatives include installation of thermometer, distribution of "Save Energy" stickers, displaying of posters, and the provision of e-learning environmental conservation courses.

Paper and Toner Recycling

Paper and Toner Recycling

Hankyu Hanshin Express has installed special collection boxes to encourage the collection of paper for recycling. We also use recycled toner cartridges in printers and fax machines and recycle their containers.

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