Policies and Regulations

Being Aware of Climate Change and Other Environmental Issues

Corporations are pressed to take more proactive actions to fulfill their social responsibility to address a range of environmental issues including climate change resulting from global warming, as well as issues involving water resources, waste and biodiversity. Moreover, undertaking environmentally friendly business activities will help make corporations themselves more sustainable.
Our Theme Parks, which are visited by more than 30 million Guests each year, can be described as one large “city.” To ensure that our Guests can spend a comfortable time with peace of mind in this city and to preserve and pass on the precious global environment to future generations and continue delivering happiness, the OLC Group must shoulder the responsibility to implement environmental activities in a sincere manner.

OLC Group’s Approach

In its Environmental Philosophy, the OLC Group upholds its commitment to working in harmony with the environment in all its businesses so that we may continue offering magical dreams and moving experiences to future generations. In particular, in our efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change, we aim to reduce per-unit CO2 emissions by 1% each year on average from the FY 2016 level by FY 2020. Furthermore, we are also working to take adaptation measures in order to minimize the impact of rising temperatures on our Guests.

Medium-term Goal in Tackling Global Warming

As part of our measures to tackle global warming, we intend to continue with our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through the promotion of efficient energy use. The OLC Group’s medium-term goal is to reduce per-unit* CO2 emissions by 1% each year on average from the FY 2016 level by FY 2020. The target of pre-unit CO2 emissions in FY 2020 is 0.158 t/㎡.

Changes in per-unit CO2 emissions

* Amount of CO2 emissions per floor-area of facilities pertaining to Tokyo Disney Resort business (CO2 emissions / Gross floor area of buildings)

OLC Group’s Environmental Policy

The OLC Group undertakes environmental activities in line with Our Environmental Policy.

Management Structures

Structures to Promote Environmental Action

The OLC Group has established an Environmental Action Committee to promote the environmental activities of the Group. This committee is chaired by Officer in charge of Social Activity Promotion Department and is responsible for planning and setting targets for the company’s environmental activities. Positioned under the Environmental Action Committee, the Subcommittee on Global Warming Prevention and the Subcommittee on Energy Management conduct fact-finding surveys, devise strategies for addressing environmental issues, and implement initiatives to reduce environmental impact.
Since FY 2010, the Chairperson of the Environmental Action Committee has been appointed to supervise our energy management pursuant to the Amended Act on the Rational Use of Energy with the goal of systematically performing the proactive conservation of energy. 
Going forward, we intend to keep enhancing our environmental management structure, and operate our business in harmony with the environment.

Energy Management System

Visualization of electricity consumption
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Visualization of electricity consumption

Our proprietary energy management system (EMS) visualizes electricity consumption within our two Theme Parks and back office.
The EMS collects and analyzes data on energy consumption using IT through sensors attached to all facilities. This system has enabled us to identify inconsistent or wasteful electricity use by monitoring the operation hours and temperature settings of air conditioners, and the lighting time and illumination level settings of lighting equipment, among others, and to implement measures to make improvements based on collaborations with relevant organizations, contributing to the establishment of a PDCA cycle for CO2 emissions reduction.

In recognition of our organizational EMS-based energy-saving initiative, we received the 2018 Minister of the Environment Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity in the category for practical environmental measures and proliferation in December 2018.

Actions and Performances

Emissions Reduction and Efficient Use of Energy

Approximately 70% of the OLC Group’s current CO2 emissions result from electricity use.
In terms of hardware, ever since the Theme Parks were in its earliest planning stages the OLC Group has been working to install and upgrade a range of energy-efficient facilities and equipment, including the large-scale heat-source facilities installed in the central energy plant*. In FY 2018, two new turbo refrigerators were additionally installed. Furthermore, we have been working to reduce CO2 emissions by installing energy-efficient LED lighting and generating electricity by solar power generation. We also have in place our own power generators with a total output of 17,500 kW to cut peak-demand grid energy use in summer.
In the intangible aspects, we will be introducing a combination of different measures and continue our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. One example of such measures is to reduce power consumption by employing an energy management system to visualize energy consumption.
 

*It is an integrated heat-source unit that generates heat for the air-conditioning systems at a single location for distribution to various facilities, thus making it unnecessary to install this equipment in individual buildings.

Central monitoring system at the Central Energy Plant
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Central monitoring system at the Central Energy Plant

FY 2018 CO2 Emissions

In FY 2018, CO2 emissions by the OLC Group amounted to 198,000 t.

OLC Group's CO2 Emissions

FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
207,000 t 203,000 t 198,000 t 198,000 t

 

For the amount of CO2 emitted at the Tokyo Disney Resort, please refer to the Environmental Impact Status of Tokyo Disney Resort.

Carbon Offset

The OLC Group has been continuing with our carbon offsetting* since FY 2014. In FY 2019, we chose forest maintenance and management projects in Iwate Prefecture as well as other projects to support regions affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to offset a total of 2,000 t of carbon.
 

*All or part of the amount of CO2 emissions that cannot be reduced is offset by assisting another company or organization in reducing its CO2 emissions.

LEDs

Tokyo Disney Resort's

We are switching our facility, attraction and hotel lighting from incandescent bulbs to LEDs.
We are already using LEDs to illuminate our Cinderella’s Castle, Mount Prometheus, roofs’ rims, outdoor spaces and stores.  As for the floats in Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights, 20 out of 21 now have LED lighting mounted on them. We will continue to make the transition to LED lighting in more areas.
“it’s a small world,” which was redesigned and reopened on April 15, 2018, now exclusively employs LED lighting. To exude the attraction’s unique atmosphere more vividly, we increased the amount of lighting equipment by 60%, while reducing energy consumption by more than 50%.

“it’s a small world” maintained its traditional atmosphere with LEDs.
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“it’s a small world” maintained its traditional atmosphere with LEDs.
The majority of floats in the evening parade now have LED lighting mounted on them.
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The majority of floats in the evening parade now have LED lighting mounted on them.
The OLC Group worked with manufacturers to develop soft LED lighting <br/>that enhances the Theme-Park experience
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The OLC Group worked with manufacturers to develop soft LED lighting
that enhances the Theme-Park experience

Solar Power Generation

Tokyo Disney Resort's

Solar panels installed atop company building
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Solar panels installed atop company building

By installing solar panels on our building rooftops, we are now able to generate more clean energy than to light up our nighttime parades.

 At present, solar panels have been installed atop eight buildings, generating over 600 kW of power.

Strawberry Cultivation Using Heat Generated from Geothermal Energy and Hot Springs

Hokkaido Teshikaga Farm, which cultivates strawberries, adopts greenhouse heating systems that harness abundantly available geothermal and hot spring energy, significantly reducing the consumption of fossil fuels even in the winter season.

 

Strawberry cultivation facility at the Hokkaido Teshikaga Farm
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Strawberry cultivation facility at the Hokkaido Teshikaga Farm

Biomass Packaging Employing Sugarcane-based Materials

Tokyo Disney Resort's

The shopping bags provided at stores inside our Theme Parks and hotels are now eco-friendly. In FY 2015, we introduced biomass packaging partially made with sugarcane-based materials. This enables us to cut yearly CO2 emissions down by about 40% compared to conventional bags, which mainly use petroleum-based materials. The sugarcane that serves as the raw material is also being cultivated in such a way as to avoid damaging tropical forests and other elements in the ecosystem.

Biomass packaging materials made from sugar cane have been introduced.
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Biomass packaging materials made from sugar cane have been introduced.

Conversion of Vehicles inside Theme Parks to Electric Vehicles

Tokyo Disney Resort's

Electric car in operation in Tokyo DisneySea
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Electric car in operation in Tokyo DisneySea

As part of the efforts to reduce CO2 and its impacts on the atmosphere, all seven of our Big City Vehicles that operate inside DisneySea have been converted to electric vehicles.

Environmentally Friendly Transport

As part of its ongoing fight against global warming, the OLC Group is promoting the use of light, hybrid and electricity-powered vehicles with the goal of reducing CO2, NOx (nitrogen oxide) and PM (particulate matter) emissions from commercial vehicles.

 Also, we have converted all of our company buses that operate on our office grounds to hybrid vehicles.

Emissions Reductions for Commercial Vehicles and Low-Emission Vehicles

As part of our ongoing fight against global warming, the OLC Group is promoting the use of light vehicles and hybrids with the goal of reducing our CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles, and is actively encouraging the use of low-emission vehicles targeting reductions in nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions.

Also, we have converted all of our company buses that operate on our office grounds to hybrid vehicles.

Eco-driving Rules for Guests and Employees

The OLC Group has established the OLC Group Eco-driving Rules on the basis of the guidelines being promoted by the Japanese government in order to educate employees about the benefits of eco-driving. We have asked our suppliers to abide by Group rules on eco-driving to reduce CO2 emissions across the supply chain.

OLC Group Eco-driving Rules

・Check tire pressure frequently

・No carrying of unnecessary loads

・Thoroughly check destination and route

・Drive off immediately after starting the engine

・Accelerate slowly when starting the vehicle

・Maintain increased vehicle-to-vehicle distance and drive safely with less braking

・Step off the accelerator as soon as possible

・No engine idling

・Always park in designated location

・Limit use of air conditioning

In Theme Park parking areas, signs are erected to encourage Guests to stop engine idling.

 

Adapting to Global Warming

Tokyo Disney Resort's

Measures for addressing global warming include mitigating measures, which entail curbing the advance of global warming by limiting emissions of greenhouse gases, and adaptive measures, which entail reducing the impact of water shortages, temperature increases, higher numbers of typhoons and other climate changes that are expected to occur due to global warming.
At present, at the OLC Group we are working to be prepared for thunderstorms, typhoons and other natural disasters, and address rising temperatures to prevent heat strokes both indoors and outdoors as a form of adaptation. We intend to continue with such measures, anticipating climate changes that are expected to occur due to global warming. In particular, we have been working to alleviate heat in the outdoor queuing areas of attractions and other facilities. In FY 2018, we installed some cool air fans and blowers in the outdoor waiting areas for Haunted Mansion and Aquatopia. For “it’s a small world,” which reopened after a redesign, the indoor queuing area was expanded in view of the changing climate.

Cool air fans and blowers at Haunted Mansion
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Cool air fans and blowers at Haunted Mansion
Cool air fans at Aquatopia
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Cool air fans at Aquatopia
Indoor queuing area for “it’s a small world” was expanded
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Indoor queuing area for “it’s a small world” was expanded
Curtains are closed at Guest rooms.
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Curtains are closed at Guest rooms.

Furthermore, at Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, we keep the curtains closed before Guests enter their rooms during the summer season to prevent room temperatures from rising.

Environmental Impact Status of Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort's

FY 2018 energy consumption and CO2 emissions at Tokyo Disney Resort as well as other data are indicated here.