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Environmental conservation

Basic approach

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

Here  for details.

Initiatives implemented by the Group companies

Greenhouse gas reduction

Utilizing energy-saving rail cars and equipment

All of the Group's railway companies aim to reduce their environmental burden by improving transportation efficiency. To that end, they have been upgrading to energy-saving rail cars and installing energy-efficient facilities at train stations in an effort to cut down on energy consumption.

Specific initiatives

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.

Specific initiatives

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.

Specific initiatives

Waste reduction

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.

Specific initiatives
  • 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 
  • Digitizing and reducing paper documents and records to cut down on paper consumption and to control 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, including a forest in the city of Hanno, Saitama Prefecture.

Specific initiatives
  • Seibu Railway, Seibu Bus, and Ohmi Taxi Supplied other companies with decommissioned trains, used buses and taxis (after maintenance and inspection), and used signaling equipment
  • 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
  • Ohmi Railway Became Japan's first private-sector bus operator to use biodiesel made from vegetable oil and light oil

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.

Specific initiatives

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.

Specific initiatives

Protecting forest and species

Initiatives for increasing green spaces

Prince Hotels and other Group companies carry out initiatives to increase green spaces, such as organizing tree planting drives in cooperation with local municipalities.

Specific initiatives

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.

Specific initiatives

Initiating measures for protecting biodiversity

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 Construction has begun using a design assessment system that facilitates the protection of biodiversity.

Specific initiatives