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Greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing CO2 emissions is essential to tackling global warming and making our society sustainable. To fulfill our responsibility, we have set a goal to reduce CO2 emissions in FY 2030 by 26 percent of FY 2013 figures as we continue to develop eco-friendly products/services, utilize new, power-saving equipment, and use renewable energy sources.

Medium- to long-term targets and their progress

Areas of contribution

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For Scope 1 & Scope 2 CO2 emissions
Key indicators
In Japan
Comparison to CO2 emission figures for FY2013 (t-CO2)
FY2018 results 8% reduction
FY2019 results 3.7% reduction
FY2020 target 11% reduction
FY2030 target 26% reduction
  • *Scope 1: Direct emissions from the company
  • *Scope 2: Indirect emissions from energy purchased

Workstyle innovation to conserve energy

The use of ICT allows flexibility in how we work, be it from home or remotely. Greater productivity expected from minimizing loss and allowing employees to concentrate on meaningful work reduces long working hours and saves energy consumption in the office.

Renewable energy sources

In 2018, SATO joined Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP) as a supporting member to promote renewable energy. JCLP is a group of Japanese companies sharing the common understanding that the industrial sector should take actions to realize a sustainable, decarbonized society with a sense of urgency. Through participation in this pan-industry climate change initiative, we are now looking at installing power generators for self-consumption.

Eco-friendly products

SATO linerless labels not only cut the use of wood pulp, but also shorten production time and reduce waste (liner), conserving energy used. A roll of linerless labels can hold 40 percent more labels than common labels with release liner.

SATO linerless labels
A linered label

Green procurement

The SATO Group now sees procurement from environmental perspectives as, in 2007, it set up its own SATO Green Factory (SGF) certification based on the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. We ask business partners who have yet to acquire ISO 14001 certification to comply with SGF standards, while we provide support on accreditation and regular audits. SGF assesses partners on whether or not they (1) have an environment policy, (2) monitor environmental impact (power usage, waste emissions), (3) promote environmental activities, and (4) comply with related laws. 

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