Reducing Environmental Impact
CO2 Emission Reduction Activities
Continuously implementing energy conservation measures based on the mid-term targets for 2020
As a global company operating in various countries and regions, the Brother Group considers efforts to prevent global warming as one of the top priority issues.
The Brother Group's CO2 emissions in Japan come mainly from electricity used by offices, while the group's CO2 emissions overseas are attributed mainly to the use of electricity and fuel at factories and offices. The Brother Group established the mid-term targets for 2020 to reduce CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, the Brother Group has been continuously implementing energy conservation measures to increase the efficiency of air conditioning and lighting, and ensure the efficient operation of production equipment at factories based on the Brother Group Mid-Term Environmental Action Plan as a milestone .
The emissions coefficient as defined in the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures (competent government agency: the Japanese Ministry of the Environment) is used to calculate the emissions in and outside Japan. The CO2 emissions reduction rate is evaluated on an annual basis.
Mid-term targets for FY2020 (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021)
- (1) Cut total CO2 emissions by 30% from FY1990 levels at eight business sites in Japan by FY2020 (absolute value)
- (2) Cut CO2 emissions by 20% (per unit of sales) from FY2006 levels at manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA)* by FY2020
- *: USA (a manufacturing facility outside Japan) constitutes part of a sales facility. Thus, the CO2 emissions are included in the results of the sales facility.
Results of the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015)
Based on the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015) , the Brother Group worked to reduce CO2 emissions by 1% per annum at eight business sites in Japan (absolute value) and at manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA) (per unit of sales). In particular, the Brother Group implemented energy conservation measures to attain industry-leading energy efficiency of its products.
At the eight business sites in Japan, the product production volume at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility increased, which led to increased consumption of electricity; at other manufacturing facilities, various energy conservation measures were implemented, including extensive energy conservation (depending on the level of operation), replacement with state-of-the-art air conditioning systems, and use of LEDs for ceiling lights. As a result, emissions were reduced by 542 tons (by 3.5%) from FY2014 (April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015) in CO2 equivalent, and Brother could meet the target for FY2015 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016) set in the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015). The Brother Group reduced emissions by 27.8% from FY1990 (November 21, 1989-November 20, 1990) levels (absolute value), achieving the target for FY2015 set in the mid-term targets for 2020.
After achieving the targets seven years ahead of schedule in FY2013 (April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014), manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA) further promoted the CO2 emissions reduction activities. As a result, although production volume increased in FY2015, emissions were reduced by 2,185 tons (by 0.8%) from FY2014 in CO2 equivalent, and Brother could meet the target for FY2015 set in the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015). Emissions were reduced by 32.3% (per unit of sales) from FY2006 (April 1, 2006-March 31, 2007), achieving the mid-term targets for 2020.
Regarding the CO2 emissions reduction target (reducing total CO2 emissions of the entire group [business sites in Japan, and manufacturing and sales facilities outside Japan, except logistics] by 1% per annum [per unit of sales] from FY2013) for the Brother Group set in FY2012 (April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013), emissions increased by 2.4% from FY2014, but decreased by 18.9% from FY2012, achieving the overall target.
CO2 emissions in logistics have been reduced by 1% per unit of sales, per annum since FY2014, as planned. In FY2015, emissions were reduced by 6.4% per unit of sales from FY2014.
In FY2013, the Brother Group started calculations for Scopes 1, 2, and 3 using emissions coefficients by country and region applied to respective business sites based on the GHG Protocol (a globally used standard) and has been making efforts to acquire certification for the accuracy of data.
Changes in CO2 emissions of the Brother Group*
Changes in CO2 emissions from eight business sites in Japan (absolute value)
- *: CO2 emissions are calculated based on the "Review results regarding calculation of greenhouse gas emissions" by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The list of emissions coefficients defined in the Order for Enforcement that came into force in December 2002 was applied for the calculations. The scope of aggregation was expanded in FY2012 (April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013). The results are managed from FY2013.
|Eight business sites of Brother Industries, Ltd. (head office, Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd., Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.,*1 Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd., Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd., Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., and Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o.||Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Nissei Corporation, Brother Sales, Ltd., XING Inc., and 52 sales companies*2 outside Japan were added to the scope of aggregation on the left.||Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. was added to the scope of aggregation on the left.||Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. was added to the scope of aggregation on the left.||Same as on the left|
- *1: Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. is a business site established through the merger of Xian Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. (formerly Xian Typical Brother Industries, Co., Ltd.) with Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. in 2010. In the same year, Brother Sewing Machine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. transferred its business to Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.
- *2: Three non-consolidated companies are included.
Brother Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
At Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL), divisions that own equipment, the general affairs division, and the environmental division reviewed management standards for power-intensive equipment including: lighting and air conditioning equipment, humidifiers, clean rooms, compressors, and constant temperature/humidity chambers. They identified locations that required improvements through energy conservation patrols and other means, to enhance electricity/energy-saving activities.
Since 2011 when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, business sites of BIL have been working on the following electricity/energy conservation activities, by taking supply-demand measures in cooperation with the electric supply companies and cutting peak electricity demand in summer.
LED fluorescent lamps and canopy switches
Double-pane glass window sashes (interior side of windows)
- Cool Biz (no tie or jacket worn in summer)
- Switching off the lights of advertising towers at business sites (activity continuing at the head office building and the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility)
- Ensuring to observe air conditioning temperature settings (summer: 28°C, winter: 20°C)
- Introducing the most efficient LED fluorescent lamps
- Removing ceiling lights where possible and installing individual canopy (string) switches
- Switching off lights where unnecessary
- Setting the illuminance levels for lighting in common spaces to the necessary minimum (e.g., corridors, passages, elevator halls, stairwells) and adjusting the occupancy sensor timer settings to reduce the duration in which lights are on
- Eliminating the use of air conditioning in common spaces (e.g., corridors, passages, elevator halls, stairwells)
- Unplugging or switching off the main power of power strips for office equipment (e.g., PCs, LED monitors) when employees go home
- Requiring employees to submit special air conditioning area applications to use rooms with temperature settings different from the standard setting, and reflecting such requirements in the ISO 14001 work instruction sheets as necessary
- Turning off beverage vending machines in turn every two weeks or every month (in summer)
- Switching off toilet seat heaters and adjusting warm water temperatures (in summer)
- Reducing the number of hours in which tea dispensers are available and reducing the number of hot water dispensers
- Adjusting the hot water temperatures of electric water heaters (in winter) (switching off in summer)
Photovoltaic power generation system expanded at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility
In FY2014 (April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015), at some offices, double-pane glass window sashes (retrofitted units) were installed on the interior side of existing windows, and proved to be highly effective for thermal insulation in summer and winter. These sashes were introduced extensively in FY2015 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016) to help create a comfortable office environment by reducing air-conditioning load, decreasing the workplace discomfort (e.g. too hot or too cold), and reducing noise from outside. The measure has been well-received by employees.
In June 2014, the photovoltaic power generation system was expanded at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility. At present, two photovoltaic power generation systems are in place at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility and one at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility (a generation capacity of about 100 kW each). The total annual power generation of these three systems was 334 MWh in FY2015. The total power generation after installation of these systems added up to 2,528 MWh.
Nissei Corporation (Japan)
Highly efficient air conditioning equipment (outdoor unit)
When adding air compressors, Nissei Corporation introduces inverter-driven air compressors (that automatically reduce the motor speed when the demand for compressed air is low) to save energy, because ordinary air compressors consume a large amount of electricity. To reduce unnecessary operation due to air leakage while compressed air is used, the air piping is inspected and repaired periodically. For equipment that is likely to cause an air leakage, operation rules have been changed to remove the air piping whenever it is not used. To reduce the electricity consumed by lighting, LED lamps were installed, and lighting fixtures were removed where unnecessary, among other initiatives.
In FY2014, energy conservation was promoted by replacing mercury lamps with electrodeless lamps and improving the equipment used in the aluminum die cast manufacturing process.
In FY2015, highly efficient air conditioning equipment was introduced in the office building. Meanwhile, conventional transformers were replaced with top-runner transformers, and the number of transformers was reduced by reconfiguring the load connection in the manufacturing facility building. Measures were implemented to reduce 51 tons of CO2 emissions in total.
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. (Europe)
Daylight from the skylights in the ceiling
In FY2014, Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. replaced its heating systems with highly efficient systems to reduce heating energy consumed in winter. At the large opening to carry in goods, a high-speed shutter was installed to reduce the outflow of warm air in the manufacturing facility, thereby reducing the heating energy loss. To reduce the electricity consumption of lighting in the daytime, skylights were added continuously from FY2013. A unit control system was also introduced to automatically optimize the number of air compressors (which consume a large amount of electricity) in operation depending on the demand for compressed air, eliminating unnecessary electricity consumption.
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. (Asia)
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. built a new manufacturing facility, and transferred production from the old manufacturing facility in FY2013. The new facility was designed to give priority to energy conservation to minimize CO2 emissions from the outset. Extensive energy conservation activities have been continuously implemented.
|Energy conservation feature||Details|
|Natural lighting||Roof windows are provided, and lighting is controlled by sensors depending on the indoor illuminance.|
|Thermal insulation||The walls and roofs are thermally insulated to reduce (i) heat transmitted to the interior (solar radiation heat and outdoor heat) and (ii) heat radiated from the interior to the exterior, thus reducing unnecessary electricity consumed by air conditioning.|
|Total heat exchanger||In the production areas that require temperature control, the outdoor air is taken in via a total heat exchanger to reduce the air conditioning load and hence electricity consumption.|
|Dirivent fan||The fan produces a strong air stream to spread the hot air from the heater in the manufacturing facility, achieving a uniform temperature in the working area.|
|Highly efficient lighting equipment||The most efficient fluorescent lamps at the time of construction were installed.|
|Automatic lighting using occupancy sensors||In areas used by many people for short periods of time (e.g. bathrooms, stairways, break rooms, and changing rooms), occupancy sensors automatically switch the lights on and off, avoiding forgetting to turn off the lights.|
|Integrated management system||An integrated management system automatically turns off the air conditioning and lighting when and where unnecessary (e.g. during breaks and after work).|
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. (Asia)
In FY2015, Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. implemented the energy conservation measures given below to reduce the electricity consumption.
- Reviewed the layout of the manufacturing area and office, reduced space and the number of equipment, and cut power consumption
- Reduced the number of compressors in operation by one by connecting the compressed air piping for two separate buildings
- Reduced the number of air compressors in operation during the nighttime when the production load is small
- Installed power switches at readily accessible positions, so that electrical equipment in the production line is turned off at the end of production
- Halved the number of test runs for maintenance inspections of generators (from twice every two weeks to once every two weeks)
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. (Asia)
Newly introduced air conditioning equipment (outdoor unit)
In FY2015, Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. replaced old air conditioning, lighting systems, etc. that consume a large amount of electricity with highly efficient equipment. In terms of equipment operation, the number of pieces of heat source equipment in operation for air conditioning systems is optimized depending on the air conditioning load that changes according to seasonal changes, reducing unnecessary operation.
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. (Asia)
In FY2015, Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. implemented the energy conservation measures below to cut power consumption.
- Reviewed the layout of the manufacturing area, reduced space and the number of equipment, and cut power consumption
- Replaced the air curtain (which was installed to prevent outflow of chilled air from the opening of the manufacturing area) with a plastic curtain, and thereby reduced power consumption
- Reduced the heating time of heaters for injection molding machines from two hours to one hour before commencement of production
- Reduced the mold heating time by mold temperature controllers from two hours to 30 minutes before commencement of production
- Modified the equipment so that the power can be turned off with a single switch, thereby reducing standby electricity consumption due to failure to turn off the equipment at the end of work
Ongoing energy conservation activities at sales facilities
Energy conservation activities below are underway at offices and service centers of the Brother Group sales companies.
- Conventional lamps are being replaced with energy-efficient LED lamps
- Lights are being switched off and removed whenever and wherever unnecessary, and lighting fixtures fitted with sensors are being introduced
- Temperature settings and timers of air conditioning equipment are being reviewed
- Power is being switched off when it is unnecessary
- PCs are being set to standby mode and equipment is being switched off
As a result, electricity consumption in FY2015 was reduced by about 164 MWh from FY2014.
LED lamps used in the showroom and service center
Independent switches were added to reduce power consumption. The temperature settings of
air-conditioning equipment were reviewed. Lights were switched off and removed whenever and
Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (North America)
Photovoltaic power generation systems set up at two locations
In 2012, the logistics center of Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) in Tennessee was certified under the International ENERGY STAR program* for the following energy/electricity conservation activities in particular.
- Introducing an automatic lighting control system
- Introducing an air conditioning control system (closed loop control type)
- Introducing thermal insulation measures for roofs and windows
- Introducing two photovoltaic power generation systems (power generation capacity of each: about 60 kW)
In FY2011 (April 1, 2011-March 31, 2012), photovoltaic power generation systems were installed at two locations on the premises. The total power generation capacity is about 120 kW, and the electricity generated added up to 165 MWh in FY2015 (about 2.0% of the total electricity consumption at this site).
Ceiling equipment in the warehouse area
Ceiling fan (left) and extra-large fan (right)
In the warehouse area, extra-large fans were fixed to the ceiling to keep employees cooler in summer. In winter, warm air is circulated on the floor surface to increase the heating efficiency and reduce fuel consumed by the boiler. In FY2015, the energy consumption was reduced by about 580 MWh from FY2014.
- *: In the U.S., a building program (covering all types of corporate buildings) is in place for certification under the International ENERGY STAR program.
Making further efforts to calculate greenhouse gas emissions based on ISO 14064 (Scopes 1, 2, and 3)
In FY2013, the Brother Group started calculations for Scope 1 and Scope 2 based on the GHG Protocol (a globally used standard). In FY2014, the Brother Group started to calculate Scope 3. In FY2015, the scope of the calculations was expanded to cover the entire Brother Group including the manufacturing and sales facilities in and outside Japan to calculate the emissions for Scopes 1, 2, and 3.
To verify the calculation results, the Brother Group is subject to verification of compliance with the international standards (ISO 14064 requirements) established by a third party organization, in an effort to acquire certification for the accuracy of data. The Brother Group acquired certification for the accuracy of data for the calculation results in FY2015. In FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017), the Brother Group will promote efforts to further increase the accuracy of the emissions calculations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the entire supply chain.
Scopes 1, 2, and 3 calculation results
* The scope of disclosure (aggregation) of the calculation results is limited to facilities that are subject to verification by a third party organization.
|Scope 1 (t-CO2)||2,016||1,842||29,389||33,115|
|Scope 2 (t-CO2)||15,358||15,667||88,939||104,426|
|Scope 3 (t-CO2)||-||-||204,719||2,846,999|
GHG emissions results in FY2015
|Scope, category||CO2 emissions||Remarks|
|C1||Purchased goods and services||1,281,236||43%|
|C3||Fuel- and energy-related activities||9,826||0%|
|C4||Upstream transport and distribution||76,240||3%|
|C5||Waste generated in operations||3,012||0%|
|C8||Upstream leased assets||5,942||0%|
|C9||Downstream transport and distribution||15,586||1%|
|C10||Processing of sold products||-||-||No intermediate products sold|
|C11||Use of sold products||1,219,366||41%|
|C12||End-of-life treatment of sold products||117,739||4%|
|C13||Downstream leased assets||1,729||0%|
|C15||Investments||-||-||No securities for portfolio investments|
|Total of Scopes 1, 2, and 3||2,984,540||100%|
|Scopes 1 and 2||Eight business sites of Brother Industries, Ltd. (head office, Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), and Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd.||Nissei Corporation, Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd., Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd., Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc., and Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. were added to the scope of aggregation on the left.|
|Scope 3||Eight business sites of Brother Industries, Ltd. (head office, Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), and Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd.|
|Scopes 1 and 2||Brother International GmbH; Brother International GmbH (Austrian Branch); Brother France SAS; Brother U.K. Ltd.; Brother International (Nederland) B.V.; Brother Nordic A/S; Brother Norway, branch of Brother Nordic A/S; Brother Sweden, branch of Brother Nordic A/S, Denmark; Brother Finland, Brother Nordic A/S Denmark, branch in Finland; Brother Central And Eastern Europe GmbH; Brother International (Belgium) NV/SA; Brother (Schweiz) AG; Brother International Corporation (Ireland) Ltd.; Brother Italia S.p.A.; Brother International CZ s.r.o.*; Brother International Hungary Kft.*; Brother Iberia, S.L.U.; Brother Iberia, S.L.U. (Lisbon Branch); Brother LLC; Brother Polska Sp. z o.o.*; and Brother Sewing Machines Europe GmbH (U.K. Branch)|
|Scopes 1, 2, and 3||Eight business sites of Brother Industries, Ltd. (head office, Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), Tokyo Branch, Nissei Corporation, Brother International Corporation, Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd., Brother Sales, Ltd., XING Inc., XING Music Entertainment, Inc., Brother Logitec Ltd., Brother Real Estate, Ltd., Brother Living Service Co., Ltd., Brother Enterprise, Ltd., Betop Staff, Ltd., Brother Industries (U.S.A.) Inc., Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.), Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd., Brother International de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., Brother International Corporation do Brasil, Ltda., Brother International de Chile, Ltda., Brother International Corporation de Argentina S.R.L., Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc., Brother International del Peru S.A.C., Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o., Brother International Europe Ltd., Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH, Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH (Italian Branch), Brother Sewing Machines Europe GmbH, Brother System Technology Development (Hangzhou) Ltd., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd., Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd., Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc., Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd., Nissei Gear Motor Mfg. (Changzhou) Co., Ltd., Brother International S.A. (Pty) Ltd., Brother International (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Brother International Singapore Pte. Ltd., Brother International (NZ) Ltd., Brother International (HK) Ltd., Brother International (Gulf) FZE, Brother International (Gulf) FZE (Turkey Branch), Brother Commercial (Thailand) Ltd., Brother Machinery (Asia) Ltd., Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Brother International Philippines Corporation, Brother (China) Ltd., Brother International (India) Private Ltd., PT Brother International Sales Indonesia, Brother International Taiwan Ltd., Brother International (Vietnam) Co., Ltd., Brother International Korea Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Shanghai Ltd., and Nissei Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.|
- *: Non-consolidated subsidiaries
Efforts in logistics
The Brother Group set management standards for reducing logistics-related CO2 emissions in FY2013 (April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014) and for reducing CO2 emissions by 1% per unit of sales per annum after FY2013.
In FY2015 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016), emissions were reduced by 15.2% from FY2013 and by 6.4% from FY2014.
Efforts in Japan
In Japan, the New Comprehensive Program of Logistics Policies (2009-2013) was approved at a government cabinet meeting in July 2009. This program takes into consideration the trend of measures against global warming and includes targets to achieve logistics with less environmental impact. Systematic and comprehensive efforts have been made to develop logistics measures.
The Brother Group has been reviewing delivery routes and adjusting the delivery service frequency, etc. as necessary to increase the efficiency of logistics in Japan. The logistics network was rearranged to unload products shipped from manufacturing facilities outside Japan (including those in China and ASEAN countries) at the Port of Tokyo and the Port of Osaka, which are closely located to large market areas, instead of the Port of Nagoya, which had been used before. In addition, some products are unloaded at the Port of Yokohama, which is close to customers and the group also started delivering products from warehouses in Yokohama. Truck transportation was reduced and delivery distances were significantly reduced by increasing warehousing facilities. As a result, CO2 emissions were cut by about 38% per shipped weight. The Brother Group has successfully kept CO2 emissions low ever since.
Since 2013, a modal shift has been introduced for part of the product shipment to large customers by switching from trucks to railroad. CO2 emissions in FY2015 were reduced by 40 tons.
Meanwhile, six external warehouses that had been used to store service parts were integrated into one factory, and the logistics and reverse logistics facilities for some products were consolidated to eliminate the need for transport between warehouses. In total, the volume of transport was reduced by about 10%.
3PL is also used in the sales logistics of Brother products. It is noteworthy that sales logistics are undertaken by companies that are committed to reducing CO2 emissions (e.g., use of small hybrid delivery trucks).
Efforts at facilities outside Japan
Brother's manufacturing facilities in China and Southeast Asia produce nearly all Brother products. Many of these manufacturing facilities are located in industrial parks near ports that are served by container ships, thus the products can be shipped to overseas markets. The manufacturing facilities also employ containers with higher loading capacity to increase the loading efficiency and reduce the number of containers required.
Sales facilities in respective regions have been stepping up efforts to track logistics-related CO2 emissions, from unloading at ports to delivery warehouse and retailers, and analyze the data, so that future CO2 emissions reduction measures can appropriately reflect local conditions.
Regarding transportation of products to sales facilities in the U.S., the U.S. arrival port for unloading was changed for some products, thereby reducing distances traveled by sea, facilitating transshipping from sea to land, and enabling Brother to transport more by railway (with less environmental impact). The ratio carried by rail was increased, almost eliminating the use of trucks for urgent shipments. Since FY2011, efforts have been made to improve respective operations by optimizing order placement cycles and transporting orders by pallet.
At the same time, a transport management system was introduced to load different products (orders received from various customers) with optimal combinations and to increase the cargo loading efficiency per truck. As a result, the transport frequency was reduced by 25% from the results of FY2009 (April 1, 2009-March 31. 2010).
Products manufactured in Southeast Asia had been transported to sales facilities via Brother International Singapore Pte. Ltd. In 2011, this system was replaced by direct delivery from manufacturing facilities to reduce marine transportation distances, etc.
At various facilities (mainly manufacturing facilities) in China and other regions in Asia, delivery trucks of less than three tons were replaced with larger ones of three tons or more (whose CO2 emissions coefficient is small) to reduce CO2 emissions. As a result, CO2 emissions were reduced by about 1,359 tons in FY2015 from FY2014.
Brother Logitec Ltd. (Japan)
Brother Logitec Ltd., a group company in charge of logistics operations for Brother products in Japan, considers reduction in environmental impact attributed to logistics as an important management challenge. Thus, the company has been promoting various efforts to ensure green logistics. Measures include improving the cargo loading efficiency, optimizing transportation routes by using digital tachographs (device to continuously record the operations of trucks) to meet varying transportation quantities, and improving fuel efficiency by requiring drivers to drive economically and turn off their engines when stopped. As a result, fuel economy was improved by 5% in FY2010 (April 1, 2010-March 31, 2011) from FY2009, and has been maintained at this level.
Biofuel refined from 100% used edible oil from cafeterias has been in use since 2012, and one truck owned by Brother is exclusively run on such biofuel. To reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by using biofuel, the number of vehicles fueled solely by biofuel will be increased to cut CO2 emissions further.
Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. (North America)
Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. (BIC Canada) switched the transport route for most cargo to Montreal from the route via Prince Rupert to a shorter Vancouver route, thereby reducing the transport distance.
As a result, the CO2 emissions were reduced by about 6% in FY2015 from FY2014.
Reducing transport distances by switching the transport route
Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (North America)
New Jersey Logistics Center (Cranbury)
In April 2014, Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) established the New Jersey Logistics Center (Cranbury), a new facility on the east coast of the U.S. This logistics center has reduced the distance that products are transported from the manufacturing facility primarily to the northeastern part of the U.S.
The establishment of the logistics center contributed to reducing CO2 emissions by about 21% in FY2015.
Reducing transport distances by establishing a new facility
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. (Europe)
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. (BIUK) improved transport efficiency by increasing the container loading rate and replacing delivery trucks of less than three tons with larger ones of three tons or more. Regarding the transport for the OEM business, products had been delivered via the OEM warehouse. The transport distance was reduced by switching to direct delivery from manufacturing facilities to customers.
Reducing transport distances by switching the transport route
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. (Europe)
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. (BISK) reduced CO2 emissions by increasing the container loading rate and replacing delivery trucks of less than three tons with larger ones of three tons or more. BISK also replaced the 13.6-meter trailers (which account for 60% of the means of transport) with 15.5-meter trailers using tandems, to further increase the transport efficiency.
Increasing the transport efficiency by replacing the trailers
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