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CO2 Emissions




Environmental Responsibility

Tokyo Powder is a growing company and we have become more concern of our actions and manufacturing procedures and its effect on the environment. As such – we’ve begun to monitor our CO2 emissions and are striving for ways to reduce them.

Our main activities consist of the development, manufacture and sale of products. At each step, we always are trying to find new methods to keep the emissions down to the lowest by increasing efficiency.


A good example is the way we make and pack our chalk – we reduce energy consumption by using a mostly manual process. This not only keeps electrical usage to a minimum, but also helps to ensure the most consistent quality of our products. Although many companies strive to achieve this consistency by utilizing machines – we have found through our trials that this is simply not possible with our products to maintain the high level of consistency that we want between packs, but also damaging to the machines because of the enhanced friction.
Activity for reduce emissions.

September 2019

The following efforts have been made to reduce CO2 emissions.

  • All of the electricity we use will turn into sustainable energy, and CO2 emissions from electricity will be zero. (100% reduction)
  • Company cars revised electric energy vehicles, and use of gasoline is minimal. (68% reduction)
  • Eliminate or reduce the intake of animal products and seafood.
  • Recommended Bicycle commuting for employers. (43% reduction)
  • Digitize as much as possible by reducing the use of paper and various consumables.
  • Review suppliers who do not take environmental measures, review inefficient transaction methods.
  • Reuse actively to reduce waste.

Although the above efforts have dramatically reduced CO2 emissions from our business, I think about items that increase in proportion to sales volume, such as 'Category 1: Purchased products and services', which amount for the majority of the total. The current situation is that it has not been reduced.

  • Purchased products / services: 12% increase Sales volume increase
  • Transport related to above (upstream): Increase by 20% Duplicate supplier switching
  • Waste generated from business: 5% increase
  • Transport to customers (downstream): 6% increase
  • Disposal of sold products: 22% increase Pack sales increase

*Increase figures compare 2018 and 2019



Future tasks

  • Increase the rate of introduction of packages using recycled PET materials
  • Launch and promote the use of reuse packages
  • Transport efficiency and reduction measures
  • Promotion of environmental measures for employees (next section)

If the reuse package initiative started in April 2019 is effective, 'Discarded products sold' is expected to decrease.
Reuse with emotion (4/14/2019)

Packages that use recycled PET materials that will be introduced in September 2019 have reduced the use of fossil fuels in an undeveloped market, but we are also aiming for an extremely sustainable business by combining the reuse of bottle products.
Introducing recycled PET packages(6/14/2019)



Environmental measures at your home

If you have been working for several years in this way, you can clearly see that reduction measures in your business are not enough. A small company like us emits only about three households. Therefore, as a next step, we will recommend environmental measures at our employees' homes.

The following reduction measures are taken and allowances are paid by reporting the results.

  • Bicycle commuting allowance
  • Allowance for renewable electricity at home (planned)
  • Electric vehicle allowance (planned)
  • Reduction of disposable containers (planned)

Just as there is a limit to reducing CO2 in companies, there is a limit to reducing it at home. However, it is also true that whether or not measures are taken is strongly related mainly to the availability of funds. It's also a complex and cumbersome task that requires you to consider not only CO2 but also resource issues and the factors that cause relative damage to nature. However, if we quantify CO2 and environmental inadequacy, the reduction will be fun. It's also a good reason to buy something new.

For whatever reason, thinking about environmental inadequacy and moving forward even if it is wrong is a big step in itself. In the future, we will continue to work on things that can be enjoyed at home.


Emissions of 2018

These are further broken down into 15 categories as follows – of which category 8,10,13 and 14 are not applicable as they are only for franchise businesses.


CategoryContentEmission [CO2e-t]Proportion [%]YoY [%]
Category 1Purchased products / services8.3635.877.2
Category 2Capital goods00-100%
Category 3Not included in Scope 1 and 2
Fuel and energy related activities
0.261.1329.7
Category 4Transportation, delivery (upstream)0.070.393.1
Category 5Waste from business0.040.290.1
Category 6Trip8.4436.2-
Category 7mployers commuting5.2222.481.6
Category 9Transportation, delivery (downstream)0.723.1138.8
Category 12Disposal of products sold0.200.9118.2
TOTAL23.31100.086.1
Comparisons with 2017
It decreased for the first time since the survey began. Although there was no purchase of capital goods and bulk purchase of the previous fiscal year is the main factor, depending on the inventory the total value is likely to be almost same. However, the amount of electricity and water use has increased dramatically. In this fiscal year, we plan to reduce electricity by 100% renewable energy and water supply through consolidation of locations to be used.


Significant Emissions Costs explained – in order of most to least:
Purchased Products - other than materials
As a component ratio, magnesium carbonate accounted for 38%, while goods increased, such as T-shirts and imported items (friendly foot), 27% of the total. Packaging cardboard was 14%, building materials used for warehouse was 15%, packages and stickers etc were the remaining 5%. The wood part was necessary for warehouse renovation, so we plan to decrease this year. There is room for other reductions in cardboard for packaging, and I'm thinking about changing to a returnable box.
Category 2: Emission of capital goods
There was no additional purchase.
Category 6:Trip
The fuel cost of company cars was included from this season, it has increased significantly. It is caused by successive domestic self-travel business trips and poor fuel economy of company vehicles.
* Movement of own car is about 8 times higher than the public traffic
Category 7: Emissions from commuting
In Category 6, because the business trips continued, the figure increased, but this was able to be reduced by 18% thanks to employee bicycle commuting. The composition ratio fell below 8%.
Category 3: Power
This year it is the first time for us to calculate our own power consumption coefficient as we shared with other business until last year. It was 3.3 times that of last year and it was higher than I thought. The same is true for water supply. Based on this, I will work to reduce energy by producing energy conservation and renewable energy.
* Supplied from a power company with 100% renewable energy since February 2019.
2019
Since 2018 we have consolidated offices and factories in one place. Beyond expectations, emissions related to electricity and water were increasing. Because there are many possible reductions in fuel-related areas, we will take measures against the decline while taking into consideration the production of renewable energy.



Update : 1/27/2019


CO2 Emission 2017
CO2 Emission until 2016 (Japanese)
2013 - 2016 Emission data of CO2 (Japanese)