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Environmental Load Reduction in Our Offices

Initiatives for Achieving Environmental Goals

Establishment of environmental management targets

Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, and Kansai Mirai Bank appoint environmental promotion leaders at each department of their head offices. Departments at each of these companies have established their own targets on environmental conservation in the areas of new product development, customer engagement, and employee education, based on which they are implementing proactive initiatives.

Aware of the pressing need to strive for Japan’s national target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the Group established a new reduction target (see also page 39: Carbon Neutrality Target) with regard to CO2 emissions attributable to its energy use as part of Long-Term Sustainability Targets announced in June 2021.


Trend in CO2 Emission Volume (Unit : t-CO2)

  • *Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions of the Group's banks calculated following the standards of regular reporting per Japan's Energy Saving Act. Figures up to FY2019 are calculated by multiplying the basic emission factor of each electricity supplier, and figures for FY2020 are calculated by multiplying the adjusted emission factor of each electricity supplier.
  • *CO2 emissions from the use of fuel by company-owned vehicles are calculated simply using annual average gasoline prices for Japan and emissions figures published as annual fuel costs.
  • *FY2022: provisional

Renewable Energy Introduction Status

Considering that most CO2 emissions from the Resona Group’s operations are attributable to its energy use, the Group intends to introduce renewable energy for use at key facilities run by Group companies in FY2021. In light of these initiatives, we expect the Group’s annual volume of CO2 emissions to decrease by 4,331 tons. Looking ahead, we will work to introduce renewable energy from carbon-free sources and otherwise procure carbon-free energy, with priority on energy-intensive facilities.

Facilities introducing renewable energy Osaka Head Office of Resona Group Head Office of Saitama Resona Bank Biwako Building of Kansai Mirai Bank Head Office of Minato Bank
Estimated reduction in CO2 emissions volume/year

△2,325 t-CO2

△1,300 t-CO2

△146 t-CO2

△560 t-CO2

Timing of introduction

Aug. 2021

Jun. 2021

Jun. 2021

Aug. 2021

Energy Conservation and Global Warming Prevention Activities

We are working to reduce our electricity usage by consolidating systems, raising operational efficiencies and implementing leave work early days using RPA, and introducing energy efficient LED lighting. We are also working to reduce our gasoline usage by switching company-owned vehicles to hybrid vehicles as well as introducing fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles into our fleet.

Leave Work Early Day at All Branches

The third Wednesday of every month is designated "Resona Environment Day" and we call on employees to leave work early on this day. Announcements are made using the office P.A. system at the head office building of each Group company to encourage officers and employees to actively take part in this initiative.

Fostering Employee Awareness of Environmental Issues

The Resona Group holds SDGs training for all employees using e-learning and also video-based training on climate change, in order to raise employee awareness about social issues, including environmental issues.

With this strong awareness of each and every employee we are able to appeal the importance of the SDGs to our customers as well. We distribute copies of the brochure entitled "The SDGs for Beginners!" at all of our sales offices to provide an outline of the SDGs and convey the Resona Group's initiatives in a straightforward manner, including why environmental and social issues are important, as an initiative for educating a broad audience about social issues including climate change. In our corporate banking activities, we hold dialogue with our corporate customers using "The SDGs Greatly Impact Companies Too," which presents the impacts social and environmental issues have on companies and the risk of exclusion from supply chains.

Efforts to Establish a Recycling-Oriented Society

Reduction of Paper Usage

Banks use vast quantities of paper as part of their business operations. The Resona Group continues to work on the digitization of documents with the reduction of paper usage as an important theme of focus.

In FY2019, we digitized the regulations for ordinary savings accounts, saving around 4.32 million sheets of A4 paper. Also, from FY2020 we switched the disclosure method of our Disclosure Magazine (Data Edition) to electronic means, which we expect will save around 2.27 million sheets of A4 paper annually.

Green Purchasing

From the perspective of our commitment to green purchasing, we promote the use of eco-friendly paper, including that made from thinned timber and forest certified paper for various brochures and posters. At the same time, we have switched to recycled paper and eco-friendly paper compliant with green purchasing methods for copier paper used for work purposes at divisions and branches, and adopt printer ink toner with carbon offsets.

We switched the plastic bags used to contain novelty items to biomass-derived materials and changed paper bags to those made from egg shells. We also switched the Resonya Clear File Folder novelty item to a polypropylene with a blend of more than 70% recycled materials and introduced tracing paper made from FSC-certified paper.