Realization of a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Society

Realization of a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Society

Policy and Management

TAISEI Green Target 2050

Based on the Group Philosophy “To Create a Vibrant Environment for All Members of Society,” the Taisei Group has set forth in its Environmental Policy and Environmental Targets, the formation of high-quality social capital through corporate activities centered on the construction business in harmony with nature, aiming for the “Realization of a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Society.” The Group also supports and respects the United Nations Global Compact and other internationally agreed initiatives on the environment, and is proceeding with efforts in collaboration with various stakeholders.
The construction industry, which is involved in the formation of social capital, is built on the burden on the environment. On the other hand, environmental problems are becoming more and more serious on a global scale, and long-term countermeasures are required. In response to these circumstances, in 2018 we revised our 2050 Environmental Targets (TAISEI Green Target 2050), and set the 2050 Targets for the realization of four societies: a decarbonized society, a recycling oriented society, a nature co-existing society, and a safety secured society. We also agreed with TCFD in 2020, and, following the Japanese government's decarbonization declaration, partially revised the TAISEI Green Target 2050 and decided to aim zero CO2 emissions from business activities by 2050 to realize a decarbonized society.
Going forward, the Taisei Group members will work as one to continue contributing to the realization of a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Society (decarbonized society, recycling oriented society, nature co-existing society, safety secured society) based on our 2050 Environmental Targets (TAISEI GreenTarget 2050).

Correlation between TAISEI Green Target 2050 and TAISEI Sustainable Action
Correlation between TAISEI Green Target 2050 and TAISEI Sustainable Action

KPIs

Realization of a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Society

We have identified " Realization of a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Society " as a part of Materiality (Important Tasks for the Taisei Group), and this has been established as a principal policy in the Group Medium-term Business Plan (2021-2023). In addition, we have established " –41% At construction stage Reduction of CO2 emissions per construction cost (intensity) " , " –50% At construction stage Reduction of total CO2 emissions" and " –43% At building operation stage Reduction of design-build estimated CO2 emissions " , as a KPI objective for FY FY2023. (Compared to FY1990)

Environmental Targets for FY2021 and result for FY2020
TAISEI Green Target 2050 Annual Targets FY2020 FY2021 Target Values
Target Values Result
Decarbonized Society

CO2 emissions from business activities virtually 0
At construction stage*1 :
Reduction of CO2 emissions per construction cost (intensity)
-27% -30.3% -36%
At construction stage*1 :
Reduction of total CO2 emissions
-52% -54.5% -52%
At building operation stage*1
Reduction of design-build estimated CO2 emissions (including dissemination and promotion of ZEB)
-40% -41.4% -41%
Reduction of energy consumption per office floor area(intensity) *2 -20% -22.4% -25%
Recycling Oriented Society

virtually Final disposal rate of construction waste 0%
Adoption of green (environmentally conscious) procurement items at building design stage 10 items
per project or more
11.7 items
per project
11 items
per project or more
Reduction of final disposal rate of construction waste -3.40%
or less
2.7% -3.3%
or less
Nature Co-existing Society

Minimizing impact on natural capital
Implementation of biodiversity conscious proposal 30 project
or more
38 project 35 project
or more
Implementation of biodiversity conscious construction 10 project
or more
6 project 10 project
or more
Safety Secured Society

Providing value with zero environmental risk
Proper management of construction byproducts and compliance with environmental-related laws and regulations Zero
environmental
accidents
Zero
environmental
accidents
Zero
environmental
accidents
  • *1compared to FY1990
  • *2compared to FY2010
  • Key performance indicator

*The Taisei Group made the "Eco-First Commitment" pledge to the Japanese Environment Minister to carry out environmental conservation measures on a group-wide basis, and was officially approved as an "Eco-First Company".

Promotion Framework

Environmental Management System (EMS)

Taisei Corporation operates an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 (hereinafter EMS) on a companywide basis, and has established the Environment Committee chaired by the President and administered by the Chief of Environment Division.
The Environment Committee mainly deliberates on important environment-related initiatives for environmental management that lead to the Environmental Policy, Environmental Targets, and external evaluations, and makes reports to the Management Committee. Matters such as Environmental Policy are deliberated in the Management Committee before being presented to the Board, where they are deliberated and decided.
Every division and branch has an EMS secretariat that operates under the Environment Committee, and the environmental staff of each department facilitates and monitors environmental activities, and reflects the results in annual Environmental Targets.
In January 2021, we established the subcommittee at construction stage to promote CO2 reduction in worksites, the subcommittee at building operation stage to promote decarbonization technologies and services, and the Taisei Group Environmental Management Committee to establish Group targets and manage progress. In this way, we are developing our response to the issues in a way that transcends the boundaries of departments and group companies.
Also in May 2021, we further strengthened our structure to work on decarbonization by newly establishing the Carbon Neutral Promotion Department in the Environment Division, with the objective of promoting and supporting the efforts of Taisei Corporation and our customers to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Apart from the EMS and Environment Division organizations, we are also promoting efforts to resolve environmental issues by establishing organizations such as the CSR Committee, Central Safety Committee, and the Energy-Saving Promotion Council which is for appropriately responding to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act).

  • EMS(ISO14001) Organization Chart

  • ISO14001 certification Scope:

    • The head office and all 13 branch offices (certified rate: 100%)
      Certification registered in 1998

TAISEI Sustainable Action (TSA), an Initiative to Reduce Environmental Impact

To achieve its Environmental Targets, Taisei Corporation is implementing TAISEI Sustainable Action (TSA), an environmental impact-reduction initiative in which all employees participate.
We think it is particularly important for many parties involved in construction work, which represents a large part of the CO2 emissions from business activities, to be aware of the importance of reducing environmental impact. Therefore, in addition to the CO2 Zero Action, which is our basic initiative that has been conducted at all worksites so far, each worksite is implementing measures based on the TSA Action List in which effective specific technologies and activities are presented.
In 2020, we developed and adopted the TSA Points System to evaluate each worksite's initiatives to reduce environmental impact by points. This system evaluates by points initiatives at worksites leading to the reduction of environmental impact, such as the use of fuel-efficient heavy machinery, training seminars on fuel-efficient driving, use of LED lighting, and use of energy-saving copiers and air conditioners, and visualizes the impact of the initiatives of individual worksites. We will bring about a change in employees' awareness and behavior by visualizing and quantitatively evaluating the impact of initiatives, in order to further promote TSA initiatives.
In addition, we have established an award system for activities aimed at achieving the Environmental Targets. Through this system we evaluate activities to reduce environmental impact that serve as a model for other divisions, and we work to raise employees' environmental awareness.

* TAISEI Sustainable Action (TSA)

Company-wide activities to reduce environmental impact including fuel-efficient driving of heavy machinery and vehicles, use of hybrid heavy machinery and renewable energy, development of a wellness conscious greening environment, paperless meetings, and use of LEDs for temporary lighting.

*CO2 Zero Action

An initiative to reduce environmental impact undertaken by all worksites. There are seven actions, including eco-driving of heavy machinery and vehicles, inspection and maintenance, and controlling the temperature setting of air conditioners.

Compliance with Declarations to Society and International Codes of Conduct, etc.

TCFD, SBT, CDP

Taisei Corporation strives to improve its environmental performance by steadily carrying out activities based on its Environmental Policy, and by actively disclosing information through the Company's Sustainability website, the integrated report, and other means. We strive to increase the trust of our stakeholders, and deliver value to them and create sustainable business opportunities. In July 2020, the Company agreed with TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) and decided to actively disclose information on the impact of climate change on its business activities.
We also participate in environment-related initiatives such as the Science Based Target (SBT) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
In addition, we are selected as an "A List" company and "Supplier Engagement Leader" by CDP on 2020.

United Nations Global Compact (GC), SDGs

The Taisei Group participated in the GC in April 2018 and committed to disseminating and implementing the Ten Principles in the four areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. At the same time, it is actively participating in various subcommittees sponsored by the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), such as the Subcommittee on SDGs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD), the Subcommittee on Circular Economy. In addition, in order to promote business as a member of the construction industry while always being aware of contributions to SDGs, we are working to ensure that SDGs are widely disseminated within the Group and discussing how to reflect them in our business strategies, and the like.

Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

As a member of Keidanren, we respect the content of its Charter of Corporate Behavior and carry out activities toward the “realization of a sustainable society,” which Keidanren aims to achieve. We also participate in the Committee on Environment and Safety, Keidanren Biodiversity Declaration Initiative, the “Challenge Zero” initiative, Global Warming Countermeasure Subcommittee, and Environment Management Subcommittee, which are tackling global warming countermeasures and the formation of a recycling-based society.

Nikkenren (Japan Federation of Construction Contractors)

We are also on the Nikkenren's taskforce for Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment in Construction Industry, and on its Construction Byproduct Taskforce and Civil Engineering Byproduct Taskforce which contribute to the effective use of resources. In this way, we share information and engage in collaborative initiatives with other companies, thereby contributing to the environmental activities of the construction industry as a whole. In 2014, Nikkenren set construction industry CO2 reduction targets for 2030 and joined Keidanren's Phase II of the Commitment to a Low Carbon Society.
In May 2021, the Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment for the Construction Industry was revised to establish targets that include reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions at the construction stage to effectively zero by 2050. As a member company, Taisei strives to achieve the targets established by the Japan Federation of Construction Contractors.

Taisei Corporation's Eco-First Commitment

The Eco-First Program is an initiative launched by the Ministry of the Environment that certifies companies with leading environmental practices. Taisei Corporation has been certified as an "Eco First Company" based on the Eco First Commitment made with the Minister of the Environment in May 2012. The commitment has been renewed thereafter and initiatives have been pursued toward its achievement.

Disclosure of Information on Environmental Area

Taisei Corporation strives to improve its environmental performance by steadily carrying out activities based on its Environmental Policy, and by actively disclosing information through the Company's Sustainability website, the integrated report, and other means. We strive to increase the trust of our stakeholders, and deliver value to them and create sustainable business opportunities. In July 2020, the Company agreed with TCFD and decided to actively disclose information on the impact of climate change on its business activities.

Information Disclosure Based on TCFD

(Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) Recommendations

Supply Chain (Environment)

Policy and Management

The Taisei Group has established "Promoting partnerships with subcontractors and suppliers" in its Group Action Guidelines. This entails clarifying mutual roles and responsibilities with subcontractors and suppliers, establishing relationships that are fair and achieve mutual trust, and selecting subcontractors and suppliers in a rational manner through a comprehensive assessment of price, technical capabilities, financing capacity, social credibility as a company, consideration for the environment and other factors.
Taisei works to promote Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) and provide other decarbonation technologies and services to customers. In addition, we share policies with affiliates and work with them to reduce CO2 emissions at construction workplaces, as part of our practical initiatives aimed at decarbonizing the entire value chain. Since 2001, we have established and employed Taisei Green Procurement Guidelines for the use and promotion of environmentally friendly construction materials and techniques in the design, construction, use and decommissioning of structures. The content to be observed by suppliers is provided in the form of our CSR Purchasing Guidelines which were established in 2014. The guidelines were revised in FY 2020 to further clarify the sections relating to human rights and the environment due to increased interest in these matters on the part of the general public.

Promotion Framework

Monitoring

The Taisei Sustainable Action (TSA) program works to reduce environmental load at the construction stage in all domestic and some overseas workplaces. Through this program, Taisei works with numerous affiliates in the supply chain to pursue its CO2 Zero Action initiative on a daily basis in seven areas that include reduced energy consumption, use of rainwater and fuel-saving operation of heavy machinery and other vehicles. Specific effective technologies and activities are identified in a "TSA Action List" for use in implementing policies at individual workplaces.
In 2020, Taisei established the Taisei Sustainable Action (TSA) Point System, the first of its kind in the construction industry, which establishes specific implementation items and a menu of targets for specific technologies and activities that are known to be effective. CO2 reduction initiatives are assigned points and the implementation status at each workplace is clearly indicated. A high score is assigned to the adoption of methods that are highly effective in reducing CO2 emissions, such as the use of energy-efficient heavy machinery. The system is expected to aid in risk assessment and promote effective activities to achieve environmental targets.

Supplier Engagement Leader

We also participate in environment-related initiatives such as the Science Based Target(SBT) and the Carbon Disclosure Project(CDP).In addition, we are selected as an "A List" company and "Supplier Engagement Leader" by CDP on 2020.

Utilizing the Green Procurement Guideline in Cooperation with Suppliers

ISO14001/ISO9001

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