To fully implement its initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, Seven & i Holdings is establishing a system of environmental management and striving to attain a proper grasp of its environmental impact through third-party audits of CO2 emissions.
Seven & i Holdings aims to reduce its environmental impact. To this end, we are promoting acquisition of the international standard ISO 14001, and we conduct annual internal audits at the operating companies that have the certification. Sogo & Seibu became the first in the department store sector to acquire ISO 14001 certification in 1999, and has maintained it continuously at all business sites. Furthermore, SEJ acquired the certification at the end of February 2015 for its offices and directly managed stores throughout Japan. Seven & i Food Systems also acquired the certification in February 2015, and IY Foods in February 2016. The sales ratio of the operating companies that have obtained ISO 14001 certification is approximately 51% of the Group's net sales.
To correctly assess and verify the initiatives taken to reduce environmental impact, Seven & i Holdings has undertaken third-party audits of CO2 emissions from store operations at the 11 main Group operating companies*1 every fiscal year. The sales of the 11 audited companies account for about 95% of the Group's total. The CO2 emissions associated with store operations in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017 were 122,946 tons for Scope 1, and 236,539 tons for Scope 2. Moreover, in the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018, we are also receiving third-party verification of our data for the Category 1 emissions of SEJ, which accounted for about 44% (9,137,077 tons) of the Scope 3*2 emissions for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, thereby helping to improve the accuracy and reliability of the quantitative data internally and externally.
|*1.||Eleven companies included: SEJ, IY, Sogo & Seibu, YB, York Mart, Seven & i Food Systems, Akachan Honpo, THE LOFT, SHELL GARDEN, Life Foods, and 7-Eleven, Inc. The data for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2012 comes from 5 companies, the data for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2013 from 10 companies, including 7-Eleven, Inc. in the U.S., and the data for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017 from 11 companies including Life Foods.|
|*2.||Scope 3: CO2 emissions other than those from the company, emitted from its procurement of raw materials and products, transportation, and product use, together with CO2 emissions from waste disposal processes|
At each store of the Seven & i Group, in addition to the daily efforts made to conserve water, water-conserving faucets and energy-saving flushing toilets are also being introduced. Furthermore, through utilizing rainwater and so forth, we are working to reduce the volumes of water used.
At Seven & i Holdings stores, devices using CFCs are replaced with ones using CFC alternatives during remodeling and so forth. Moreover, in compliance with the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer Through the Control of Specified Substances and Other Measures, which was implemented in April 2015, devices undergo regular inspections and leakage assessments required by the government. Devices using CFCs are disposed of by professional companies in compliance with the law, and stores receive collection certificates from these contractors as proof of appropriate disposal.
Substitute CFCs include HCFC (hydro chlorofluorocarbon), production of which is to be banned in advanced countries by 2020. As this will require a changeover to another type of substitute, we also plan to further promote the introduction of non-CFC devices in freezing and refrigeration devices used at our stores. At SEJ, refrigeration devices that utilize CO2 refrigerants have been introduced at 146 stores (as of February 28, 2017), and we are trialing them at 5 IY stores.