As explained in its Group Vision, the Group strives to contribute to community development and environmental conservation, while continually paying close attention to local ecosystems and the global environment. Having built up close ties with countless communities through its railway, hotel, and various other services, the Group makes sure to consider their local ecosystems in its business activities, recognizing that environmental conservation is a foundation for sustainable growth.
Concretely, the Group implements measures to more efficiently use energy in order to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. In its business activities, the Group works to protect ecosystems, reduce atmospheric emissions, and consume less water while actively collaborating with various stakeholders in environmental conservation initiatives. Through such activities, the Group realizes sustainable growth while fulfilling its obligations as a good corporate citizen.
The Seibu Group's Environmental Policy
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Seibu Group environmental impact reduction targets/Environmental impact data （CO2 emissions）
The Group has been working actively to reduce CO2 emissions, one of the causes of global warming. We will continue working to reduce CO2 emissions and have set environmental impact reduction targets to further contribute to prevention of global warming.
Reduce CO2 emissions per unit of operating revenue by 25% compared to fiscal 2018 by fiscal 2030.
We have also put together data on trends in CO2 emissions in the Group.（Adding together figures from reports based on the revised Act on the Rational Use of Energy）
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Greenhouse gas reduction
Utilizing energy-saving rail cars and equipment
All of the Group's transportation companies aim to reduce their environmental impact by improving transportation efficiency. To that end, they have been upgrading to energy-saving rail cars and installing energy-efficient facilities at train stations and will continue to carry out research on train, bus, and taxi driving technologies in an effort to cut down on energy consumption.
- Seibu Railway Equipped trains with cutting-edge motors and introduced new energy-saving Laview limited express and 40000 series commuter trains (40% less power consumption)
- Seibu Railway Installed regenerative braking systems to more efficiently restart after braking, and equipped train stations with backup power supplies
- Seibu Railway Installed LED lighting in train stations
- Seibu Bus, Izuhakone Bus, Izuhakone Taxi Group, Ohmi Railway, and Ohmi Taxi Introduced hybrid vehicles to bus and taxi fleets
- Izuhakone Bus Launched first electric bus operations by a private company in Japan
Proactively utilizing renewable energy
Various group companies are working to reduce their energy consumption by using electricity supplied from renewable energy sources, such as solar power plants, and utilizing geothermal heating and cooling systems. Moreover, Seibu Construction has been researching applications of small-scale and micro hydroelectric power generation as a means for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
- Seibu Railway, Prince Hotels, and Ohmi Railway Operating nine solar power plants nationwide that generate about 22 million kilowatts annually
- Prince Hotels Operating a hydroelectric plant in the city of Karuizawa that generates 1.48 million kilowatts annually
- Operating air-conditioning systems using geothermal energy at the Hakone Yunohana Prince Hotel and Manza Prince Hotel, reducing CO2 emissions by 2,470 tonnes annually
- Seibu Construction and Seibu Landscape Researching applications of small-scale and micro hydroelectric power generation to use water resources on Group-owned land and at plants and biomass power generation using timber from thinning and food waste
Improving energy conservation at offices and plants
The Group companies have been making buildings more energy efficient by installing various types of equipment, including highly efficient heating systems and LED lighting. Newly constructed office buildings, especially, are designed with the latest energy-conserving technologies. In recognition of these efforts, the Association for Housing Performance Evaluation & Labeling, Japan's leading building assessment association certified Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho with the highest rating, five stars, under their Building and Housing Energy-Efficiency Labeling System.
- Seibu Properties Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho Installed a cogeneration system
- Prince Hotels and Yokohama Hakkeijima Installed highly efficient heating systems equipped with heat pumps to reduce CO2 emissions
- Prince Hotels and Seibu Landscape Reduced CO2 by introducing automatic lawnmowers
- Seibu Railway Introduced low-emissivity double-glazed glass panes at DaiyaGate Ikebukuro
Reducing waste from operations
The Group companies have been carrying out various initiatives for minimizing trash and controlling waste, such as promoting a shift to paperless operations by using information and communications technology (ICT) to reduce waste at offices and workplaces. Moreover, Prince Hotels has been taking steps to reduce, process, and recycle food waste at hotels.
- Prince Hotels Cutting food loss by improving purchasing policies, displaying posters to educate staff and guests about leftover food, and reducing meal portions
- Prince Hotels Reusing spoiled and leftover food as fertilizer
- Seibu Lions Launched SAVE THE EARTH Lions GREEN UP! Project in 2020 season, reduce or eliminate plastic products at food stalls within the stadium, and reuse food residue (conversion to biogas)
- Digitizing and reducing paper documents and records to cut down on paper consumption and to control waste
- Seibu Railway and Seibu Properties Introduced “Aikasa” umbrella sharing service at all stations on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, contributing to the reduction of umbrella waste
Promoting recycling and reuse
Seibu Railway and Seibu Bus have been supplying other companies with decommissioned trains, used buses, and usable equipment to ensure their reuse and reduce the environmental burden related to their dismantling and disposal. The Group companies also make use of wood from thinning the forests that they manage. (Wooden train station benches: Seibu Forest in the city of Hanno)
- Seibu Railway, Seibu Bus, and Ohmi Taxi Supplied other companies with decommissioned trains and maintenance equipment, used signaling equipment, used buses and taxis
- Seibu Railway and hotels in Hawaii Used wood from forest thinning to make benches and wood chips.(Click here for Seibu Railway's environmental initiatives )
- Seibu Landscape Reusing soil from a water treatment plant (previously used to purify industrial wastewater) as soil for growing plants and trees at a facility in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture
- Seibu Landscape Established a technique for composting plant-based waste from a small portion
- Ohmi Railway Became Japan's first private-sector bus operator to use biodiesel made from vegetable oil and light oil
- Prince Hotels Implemented “Veggie-cycle”, the food recycle system to compost food waste from hotel and provide to contract farms. Hotel will purchase vegetables produced by these farms
- Princehotel Linensupply Fabricating pillowcases and microfiber towels, etc. using linen fabrics recycled from waste material
Ensuring water supply
Taking steps to limit water consumption
To help conserve precious water resources, The Group companies have created policies for limiting water consumption and installed equipment for reusing rain and wastewater.
- Prince Hotels and Seibu Properties Utilizing well water, reusing treated wasted water and rainwater
- Prince Hotels Offering guests staying more than one night the option to decline room cleaning services, as a way to reduce water and detergent use
- Seibu Bus Updated bus washer that consumes less water than previous equipment
- Hawaii Business Reusing sewage water as irrigation water after purifying it at wastewater treatment plants
Implementing measures for maintaining a clean water supply
The Group is actively involved in preventing water pollution. For example, Prince Hotels makes donations to municipalities that possess reservoirs in order to help them maintain good water quality. Meanwhile, Seibu Construction and Seibu Landscape both implement measures for preventing the discharge of wastewater from their construction work.
- Prince Hotels Donating one yen for every bottle of local spring water sold to the city of Minami-Uonuma, Niigata prefecture
- Seibu Construction Building barriers with bentonite clay in landfills to prevent waste from contaminating the groundwater
- Seibu Landscape Using baking soda instead of herbicides to prevent the pollution of headwater and river
Protecting forest and species
Activities to protect and increase forests and plant species and to increase green spaces
Seibu Group companies have been cooperating with the municipalities they operate in to protect and increase forests, plant species, and green spaces, and those companies that have forests on their properties make proactive efforts to conserve them.
- Seibu Railway Cooperating with the local government and civic groups in the city of Hanno, Saitama prefecture, to maintain a 130-hectare forest that was certified by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure in 2017 with the highest rank under its Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES)
- Seibu Railway Inviting participants to join local environmental events (such as weeding) promoted by local governments in the Chichibu region of Saitama prefecture
- Seibu Railway Transferred forest in Sayama Hill (Mikajima area, Tokorozawa City) with an unspoiled woodland landscape to the Totoro no Furusato Foundation as a contribution to ongoing environmental conservation
- Seibu Properties Maintaining lush green spaces at Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, certified as an "urban oasis" under SEGES in 2016
- Prince Hotels Planted trees on Prince Hotel properties in collaboration with local governments in Hokkaido and the prefectures of Gunma, Nagano, Kanagawa, and Shiga
- Hawaii Business Planted trees and plants native to Hawaii on hotel properties in cooperation with local environmental groups
Seibu Landscape's initiatives
Seibu Landscape surveys, designs, builds and maintains green spaces across Japan as service provider that brings people and nature together. It also manages and maintains city parks, develops green wall technology, and provides environmental education programs to promote awareness of the importance of nature. Seibu Landscape also collaborates with community-based organizations and engages in local initiatives with Seibu Green Management, and Yokohama-Ryokuchi.
- Developing and promoting specialized greenery technology for green walls and rooftops
- Landscaping and constructing green spaces totaling over 30,000㎡ every year, with over 30,000 large trees, 250,000 small trees, and 500,000 shrubs planted every year
- Managing and maintaining city parks with a combined area of approximately 2,490 hectares
- Conducting environmental education programs at city parks
- Entering into agricultural sector as new business
Initiating measures for protecting biodiversity
The Seibu Group is engaged in various initiatives focused on protecting biodiversity and has signed onto the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). The Group companies have been taking steps to reduce plastic waste due to its harmful effects on marine life and ecosystems. For example, they have banned plastic straws on their premises and are progressively shifting to paper straws. Disposable plastic bags have also been discontinued by certain facilities of the Group's golf courses in Japan. In addition, Seibu Group companies are engaged in a broad range of initiatives, including a design assessment system that facilitates the protection of biodiversity, which Seibu Construction has begun using.
- Prince Hotels and Seibu Railway Progressively banning plastic straws
- Prince Hotels Progressively banning disposable plastic bags in changing rooms at golf courses in Japan
- Seibu Construction Jointly developed a simple tool for assessing the impact of buildings on biodiversity and proposing its use to clients that are especially interested in biodiversity
- Seibu Construction Supply Greening the walls that remain after excavation work to prevent their deterioration and erosion, and restoring green spaces to prevent mudslides and other disasters
- Yokohama Hakkeijima and Taiwan Yokohama Hakkeijima Breeding of rare species and rescue and conservation of injured wildlife
- Seibu Petcare Regularly holding pet (cat and dog) adoption fairs at PET-SPA stores and Group facilities
- Seibu Lions Reducing or eliminating plastic products and providing environmental support such as the SAVE LIONS project (wild lion protection activities) as part of the L-FRIENDS activities
Seibu Group company initiatives
Click here for the environmental initiatives of Seibu Railway.
Click here for the environmental initiatives of Prince Hotels.
Click here for the environmental initiatives of Seibu Properties.
Click here for the environmental initiatives of Seibu Lions.
Click here for the environmental initiatives of the Izuhakone Railway Group.
Click here for the environmental initiatives of the Ohmi Railway Group.
Click here for the environmental initiatives of Seibu Landscape.