Tokyo Gas Group has established an "Environmental Philosophy" and "Environmental Policies" based on its Management Philosophy and Corporate Action Philosophy. The entire group is working actively to protect regional and global environments in line with the mid- to long-term environmental action targets detailed in its Environmental Protection Guidelines. In fiscal 2015, designated part of the "step" stage of our Challenge 2020 Vision, the Environmental Policies and Environmental Protection Guidelines were revised to assist implementation of our main policies. Biodiversity conservation and compliance with environmental legislation are nothing new to us, but we will need to understand society's expectations even better than before and translate them into further improvements if we are to successfully evolve as a total energy business and drive forward with our globalization. In fiscal 2016, therefore, we added two new items to our Environmental Policies, namely "5. Biodiversity conservation and sustainable use" and "6. Compliance with environmental law and fulfillment of social responsibilities." We will be taking group-wide action to put these policies into effect.
The Tokyo Gas Group will promote more sustainable ways of energy use to contribute to the protection of regional and global environments as well as to the sustainable development of society.
Reduction of the Environmental Impact of Customers' Energy Use
Tokyo Gas will actively and continuously attempt to reduce the environmental impact of customers' energy use by promoting the use of environmentally friendly energy (natural gas) and providing highly efficient appliances and systems.
Reduction of the Total Environmental Impact of Tokyo Gas's Business Operations
Tokyo Gas will continuously reduce energy intensity and resources used in its business operations through the implementation of efficient and effective environmental management to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. At the same time, we will reduce our business operations' overall environmental impact by aggressively promoting "green purchasing" and the 3R initiatives (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle).
Strengthening of Environmental Partnerships with the Local and International Communities
Tokyo Gas will strengthen its environmental partnerships with both the local and international communities by engaging in a wide variety of programs, such as participation in local environmental events and technology transfers to developing countries.
Promotion of Green Technology R&D Programs
Tokyo Gas will promote R&D programs for environmental technologies, including renewable energy, to protect regional and global environments.
Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use
Tokyo Gas will recognize the benefits of nature, and will monitor and mitigate the impact of our business activity on biodiversity, promote sustainable use of resources, and conserve biodiversity in partnership with local communities in order to ensure the continued enjoyment of those benefits in the future.
Compliance with Environmental Law and Fulfillment of Social Responsibilities
Tokyo Gas will comply with environmental laws, ordinances, agreements, and other relevant standards and regulations, and all employees will practice social responsibility in accordance with global standards.
Environmental Protection Guidelines
Tokyo Gas formulated its Environmental Protection Guidelines in fiscal 2000 to establish mid- and long-term targets for environmental activities in line with its Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Policies. In fiscal 2005, the scope of these guidelines was expanded to include subsidiaries and affiliates in pursuit of environmental action in three core areas: global warming countermeasures, promotion of resource saving, and promotion of green purchasing. In fiscal 2009, three additional core areas were added with the aim of creating a low carbon, resource-saving society that coexists with nature: promotion of biodiversity conservation, promotion of environmental communication, and promotion of environmental technology development. The guidelines have been revised to reflect changes made to other policies and guidelines in order to assist the realization of the Challenge 2020 Vision, and we are making a group-wide effort to put them into practice.