As a Group that co-creates value for individuals, communities, and lifestyles, the Daiwa House Group contributes to the emergence of a sustainable society and is addressing the challenge of zero environmental impacts.
In fiscal 2016, Daiwa House Group formulated a Long-Term Environmental Vision we call Challenge ZERO 2055, which focuses on the year Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. will commemorate its centennial. We aim to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable society as a Group that co-creates value for individuals, communities, and lifestyles under our Group management vision. In formulating this vision and adopting the challenge of zero environmental impact, we have addressed four environmental themes: prevention of global warming, harmony with the natural environment, conservation of natural resources, and prevention of chemical pollution across three areas of our operations (procurement / business activities / products and services).
Prevention of global warming (Energy / Climate change)
|Challenge1||To contribute to the emergence of a carbon-free society, we are targeting zero CO2 emissions throughout the product life cycle by promoting thorough energy-efficiency measures and utilizing renewable energy.|
We are targeting net zero CO2 emissions during usage for the average new single-family houses by 2025 and for new buildings by 2030. At the same time, we are targeting zero CO2 emissions (zero energy) town planning by promoting power generation using renewable energy sources and the supply of low-carbon electricity.
Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions (per unit of sales) from all facilities and all business processes to about one-third that of the fiscal 2005 level by 2030 and to one-fifth by 2055. Furthermore, our goal is to achieve net zero electricity consumption by 2030 by supplying electricity produced from renewable energy sources that exceeds the total amount of electricity purchased across our entire Group. Our goal is to achieve net zero CO2 emissions for our entire Group by 2055.
*Power generated using renewable energy sources by our Group ÷ Power purchased by our Group
Harmony with the natural environment (Preservation of biodiversity)
|Challenge2||In order to preserve and improve our natural capital, our Group shall achieve no net loss of green space by ensuring zero deforestation through material procurement and by developing communities filled with greenery.|
Minimize the loss of our natural capital associated with development and improve the quantity and quality of green space by collaborating with our customers when we construct housing, buildings, and towns. Achieve the objective of no net loss* of green space.
* The concept of offsetting a loss of biodiversity in one location by increasing biodiversity in another location, resulting in no net impact.
Regarding the building materials used to construct houses and buildings, we are focusing on zero deforestation associated with wood procurement by 2030 and zero deforestation associated with material procurement across all our business by 2055.
Conservation of natural resources (Longer durability / Waste reduction / Water resource conservation)
|Challenge3||To contribute to the emergence of a resource-recycling society, we shall pursue the sustainable use of resources by constructing houses and buildings that are more durable and by pursuing the goal of zero waste emissions.|
Extend the durability and increase the variability of our new houses and buildings, and work to create a market in which safe, high-quality houses and buildings are appropriately evaluated and circulated.
Achieve zero waste emissions (recycling and reuse) throughout the life cycle of houses and buildings and throughout our supply chain by 2030. Achieve zero waste emissions for all our other businesses by 2055.
Prevention of chemical pollution
|Challenge4||We shall institute appropriate management of chemical substances throughout the life cycle of houses and buildings in addition to minimizing the risk (ultimately to zero) of adverse impacts on the health of people and ecosystems.|
Identify the risk of chemical substances in the life cycle of houses and buildings, promote reduced use of toxic chemicals, employ substitutes, and appropriately manage chemical substances with using a precautionary approach. Continue to minimize the risk (ultimately to zero).
Continue working on minimization of the risk (ultimately to zero) through strict management of soil contamination risk, including conducting investigations and applying countermeasures from initial land transaction through the construction process, employing the same standard to the company’s own land holdings
About every three years, the Daiwa House Group formulates a plan with concrete targets. Known as the Endless Green Program (EGP), it is implemented on a schedule under the Medium-Term Management Plan toward achieving the goals of the Long-Term Environmental Vision.
In our Endless Green Program 2018 recently formulated for implementation in the period fiscal 2016 to 2018, we are accelerating our environmental initiatives under the concept of promoting integrated environmental management within our Group and globally based on the life cycle approach to ensure that corporate profitability can coexist with environmental sustainability.
Overall Action Plan for the Environment
Establishing targets through “backcasting”
In identifying the targets for our four themes introduced above, we applied the technique of “backcasting” for the Long-Term Environmental Vision we formulated as our objective for 2055, when Daiwa House Industry will mark its 100th anniversary. We have identified the period from 2025 to 2030 as our milestones, and have indicated the levels to be attained after three years.