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Environment

Environment

An eco-friendly future characterized by carbon neutrality,
resource recycling, and harmonious coexistence with nature.

With the increased international focus on establishing a carbon neutral future, ICT companies now face growing expectations and responsibilities in terms of reducing environmental impact. In addition to reducing the impact of its own business activities, the NTT Communications Group believes it must help reduce the impact of society as a whole through the effective application of ICT. We will harness the power of ICT to help realize a green future where society is carbon neutral, resources are recycled, and biodiversity is preserved, and where we live in harmonious coexistence with nature.

  • Targeted SDGs

Basic Philosophy and Vision

While emphasizing the philosophy of the Sustainability Charter, the new Environment and Energy Vision and Global Environmental Charter established by the NTT Group, our environmental protection activities are in turn guided by the NTT Communications Global Environmental Charter, Environmental Statement and Eco Strategy 2030, which apply the philosophy to the practical operation of our business through set initiative goals and implementation.

NTT Communications Group Global Environmental Charter

The NTT Communications Group established the NTT Communications Group Global Environmental Charter, which has been distributed to Group employees as the guideline for implementing environmental protection activities.

Environmental Statement and Formulating Eco Strategy 2030

The NTT Communications Group formulated The NTT Communications Group Environmental Statement and Eco Strategy 2030 in November 2016 after reviewing past environmental activities in light of social trends related to the global environment. In fiscal 2020, we revised Eco Strategy 2030 in response to the growing role and responsibilities of companies in meeting the challenges posed by global climate change.

Working in unison, all NTT Communications Group employees will engage in environmental activities to realize a future in which people and the planet remain in harmony by providing pioneering technologies and services that open the way into new eras.

The NTT Communications Group Environmental Statement

Dedicated to global environmental management
for a future in which people and the planet remain in harmony

We will address three futures by providing technologies and services that pioneer eras.

  • Realizing a Decarbonized Future Realizing a Decarbonized Future We are contributing to the reduction of co2 emissions and facilitating adaptation to climate change risk.
  • Implementing Closed-Loop Recycling Implementing Closed-Loop Recycling We are working toward more effective resource allocation.
  • Planning a Future of Natural Harmony Planning a Future of Natural Harmony We are contributing to the preservation of ecosystems.

Note: We plan to update the NTT Communications Group Environmental Statement to align with revisions to the NTT Group Environmental Charter.

Eco Strategy 2030

「Under Eco Strategy 2030, we have set out specific initiatives*1 to help realize the three futures outlined in the Environmental Statement. In fiscal 2020, following the declaration of the NTT Group’s Environment and Energy Vision in May 2020, we also added specific targets for our renewable energy usage rate,reducing CO2 emissions, and converting our corporate fleet in Japan to EVs as a countermeasure to rapidly changing climate conditions.
We intend to achieve carbon neutrality (virtually zero emissions)*2 by fiscal 2030 through measures such as increasing our rate of renewable energy use to 50% or more.

Three Futures We Are Targeting Initiative
Realizing a Decarbonized Future
Rate of renewable energy use in the Company*3 We will increase the rate of renewable energy use in the NTT Communications Group to 50% or more.
Reducing CO2 emissions from the Company (Scopes 1 and 2) We will reduce CO2 emissions in the NTT Communications Group by 50% compared to fiscal 2018*4.
Reducing CO2 emissions from the supply chain (Scope 3) We will reduce CO2 emissions from the supply chain by 15% compared to fiscal 2018.
Conversion rate of our corporate fleet to EVs in Japan (%) We will make EVs account for 100%*5 of our corporate fleet used in Japan.
Contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions across society We will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions across society by at least 10 times more than the NTT Communications Group’s own emissions.
Adapting to climate change We will play our part in adapting to climate change by actively promoting initiatives through all our activities and by collaborating with our stakeholders.
Implementing Closed-loop Recycling
Final waste disposal ratio We will aim to keep the final disposal ratio of the waste generated by the NTT Communications Group at 1.5% or less.
Planning a Future of Co-existing with Nature
Preservation of ecosystems We will play our part in preserving ecosystems by actively promoting initiatives through all our activities and by collaborating with our stakeholders.

Note: The NTT Communications Group Eco Strategy 2030 will be updated based on revisions made to the NTT Group’s Global Environment and Energy Vision.

*1 Quantitative targets for fiscal 2030

*2 Targeted GHG Protocol: Scope 1 (direct emissions of greenhouse gases from our own sources) and Scope 2 (indirect emissions from the use of electricity, heat, and steam supplied by other companies) The substantial renewable energy by non-fossil certificates is included as the amount of renewable energy use.

*3 Including the amount used by other companies at the data centers

*4 Equivalent to 1.5°C SBT

*5 50% by fiscal 2024 (to begin with)

         

Environmental Management

Promotion Framework for Reducing Environmental Impact

In order to continuously promote environmental protection initiatives in a Groupwide effort, we formed a working group for each relevant issue. Specifically, the NTT Communications Group holds Environmental Protection Subcommittee meetings twice a year to formulate an overall plan that encompasses a wide range of issues, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Through these meetings, we also share information on the results of actions taken and promote the horizontal deployment of various initiatives.
In order to achieve the newly added targets to the Eco Strategy 2030 in fiscal 2020, including the introduction of renewable energy, the reduction of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, achieving the implementation ratio set for EVs in our fleet of corporate vehicles in Japan, and promoting plastic recycling, we will review the environmental management structure and further promote environmental protection initiatives in a Groupwide effort in fiscal 2021.

Environmental Protection Framework
Environmental Protection Framework

Environmental Management System

Acquiring ISO 14001 Certification

Two companies in the NTT Communications Group had acquired ISO 14001 certification as of March 31, 2020. We have contracted outside environmental consultants to perform internal audits once a year to certified departments and companies in order to ensure the appropriate implementation of environmental management and continual improvements that will allow for a steady reduction of the environmental impact of business activities. Regular reviews and renewal examinations are undertaken by an independent certification body as well. Outstanding issues are thus identified, and remedial measures are taken swiftly. Besides our initiatives centering on reductions of office paper and electricity use and the promotion of waste recycling, we encourage the adoption of measures aimed at creating an environmentally friendly society.

ISO 14001-Certified Companies
ISO 14001-Certified Companies

Environmental Audits and Environmental Surveys

Guided by its Global Environmental Charter, the NTT Communications Group shares yearly PDCA and other reports at the Global Environmental Protection Subcommittee, an organization that comes under the CSR Committee.
These reports outline details of the various activities administered by the nine working groups that drive the Group’s environmental protection activities.
In addition to sharing information and calling for the further development of effective initiatives, we are promoting environmental management on a Groupwide basis.

Compliance with Environmental Legislation and Regulations

The NTT Communications Group is committed to ensuring legal compliance and proper risk management while liaising closely with the other NTT Group companies.
All legislation, including environmental laws and regulations aimed at curtailing pollution, emissions standards, and the PRTR Law*, is fully communicated to related departments, and independent guidelines and enhanced compliance education have been established for in-house application.
We were not involved in any litigation or legal violations pertaining to environmentrelated accidents, infringements, fines, or complaints in fiscal 2019.
We will continue our Companywide efforts to prevent pollution and comply with related laws and regulations.

* Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof.

Promoting Green Procurement

NTT Communications issued its Guidelines for Green Purchasing in 1999. In 2010, we brought these guidelines into compliance with the Energy-Saving Performance Guidelines enacted by the NTT Group and added the perspective of ICTrelated energy-saving that the Company recognized as an important issue.
We also changed the name to the Guidelines for Green Procurement. Application of these guidelines drove NTT Communications to include new factors in its set of criteria applied when selecting suppliers, such as the supplier’s actions toward environmental conservation and an environmental conservation element of the procured item.
Through its green procurement initiatives, NTT Communications works to improve its environmental protection activities with its suppliers and seeks to commit to further social contribution.

Status of Green Procurement and Green Purchasing (1,000 Units)

Status of Green Procurement and Green Purchasing (1,000 Units)

Environmental Education Initiatives

We offer environmental education to all employees to increase their knowledge and awareness of environmental matters, CSR, and SDGs and encourage them to strengthen their own understanding and motivation for engaging with these issues. In fiscal 2020, we conducted CSR seminars (attendance: 93.8%) and lectures for all employees on SDGs and business activity, for learning about social trends in Japan and overseas, including the SDGs and ESG investment, decarbonization initiatives, and global risks.

Lecturer: Kazuo Tase, President and CEO SDG Partners, Inc.

Lecturer: Kazuo Tase,
President and CEO SDG Partners, Inc.

Development of Activities in Line with Action Guidelines

As advocated in SDGs 14 and 15, conserving the biodiversity of life below water and on land, together with the prevention of global warming and the preservation of ecosystems, has recently developed into a major environmental challenge with regard to the creation of a sustainable society.
NTT Communications has set “Planning a Future of Co-existing with Nature” as part of its environmental declaration and established a set of action guidelines with regard to biodiversity conservation in order to promote environmental preservation activities.
The entire Group, including its overseas companies, will actively engage in activities that are in line with the Action Plan.

Biodiversity Action Plan

1. Basic Policy: in Compliance with the NTT Group Biodiversity “Approach Concept” Established by the NTT Group

●Development Centered on Business Activities
The Group recognizes that all activity is inextricably linked to the planet and to biodiversity, understands that the scope and impact at home and overseas are related depending on the nature of a business, and promotes initiatives that are recognized as having a preservation effect.

●Development Centered on Contribution to Society
In partnership with its stakeholders, the Group widely promotes initiatives toward the preservation of biodiversity, regardless of their relevance to its business.

2. Action Guidelines

●Implement actions that take into account the preservation of biodiversity in business activities.

●Contribute to the preservation of social biodiversity in business activities.

●Deepen understanding of biodiversity, promote nature conservation activities together with employees, their families, and the planet.

Biodiversity Guidelines

We build new data centers and other facilities under the NTT GROUP Green Design Guidelines for Buildings by understanding and reflecting the historical, social, geographical, and biological characteristics of the environment surrounding the site and its neighborhood into the design as necessary.
Along with these environmental considerations, we are focusing on reducing noise and vibration as well as local beautification during construction. Once operations have started, we will limit the impact of exhaust heat and noise on the neighboring area from the air conditioning and emergency power equipment.

Priority Activities

Promoting a Decarbonized Society

Our Approach

The NTT Communications Group has consistently strived to reduce greenhouse gases based our responsibility to help resolve social environmental issues such as climate change. We have adopted a diverse approach that includes saving energy and raising the efficiency of our facilities, providing superior low-carbon services, and otherwise contributing to environmental activities while also pursuing improvements by identifying emissions from our supply chain. To drive the development of a decarbonized society, we will reduce CO2 emissions associated with the business activities of the entire Group by promoting the use of renewable energy and replacing our corporate fleet with EVs toward achieving carbon neutrality by fiscal 2030.

Priority Activities

Developing a Closed-Loop Society

Our Approach

To help realize a closed-loop society, we not only formulate business models with less environmental impact but also strive to improve our reuse and recycling ratios. Recycling resources such as waste has become an increasingly important social issue. NTT Communications is collaborating with its Group companies to fulfil its responsibility by organizing working groups for the three areas of dismantled telecommunications equipment, construction waste, and office waste to thoroughly implement the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) and boost plastics recycling. We intend to create a greener future where the landfill rate is kept at a minimum and resources effectively used by appropriately managing waste in our business activities and promoting reuse and recycling.

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