Japanese Logistics Company Vows to Cut CO2 Emissions 6% by 2012

Japanese Logistics Company Vows to Cut CO2 Emissions 6% by 2012

Global transporter Sagawa Express will become the first Japanese company to participate in World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers Program.

In the Climate Savers program, WWF is calling for leading companies prepared to make innovative new commitments toward reducing their CO2 emissions. Participating companies include IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge, Polaroid, Collins Pine, and Nike.

The program's most important feature lies in the process whereby WWF and a third-party organization examine and verify the reduction targets established by participating companies. This is to ensure that new targets are additional to existing targets. The process gives transparency and credibility to the voluntary commitments of companies.

ChuoAoyama PwC Sustainability Research Institute Corporation, the verification organization in the program between Sagawa and WWF-Japan, calculated the baseline for Sagawa's emissions target by collecting data and aggregating all of Sagawa's CO2 emissions in 2002 fiscal year for the first time.

Based on the baseline, Sagawa committed to reduce CO2 emissions by 6% by 2012, through the introduction of 7,000 Compressed-Natural-Gas (CNG)-based vehicles.

Sagawa will take various actions to prevent global warming in the effort to achieve this target. WWF and Sagawa also agreed to do an interim review of the progress after five years. Sagawa considers that, by participating in WWF's Climate Savers Program, the company has established a long-term goal and will work on CO2 emission reduction actively. In addition, examining the results of such efforts will enable the company to take appropriate actions toward emissions reductions.

WWF-Japan sees great significance in the fact that a logistics company -- part of the transport sector, where emission reduction is considered very difficult in general -- is showing the way to reducing CO2 emissions in absolute terms while assuming the company's growth in the future. It is also of great significance that the first transport company to participate in Climate Savers comes from Japan, one of the major CO2 emitters in the world.