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 tens of millions of 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, while also continuing to deliver happiness, the OLC Group must shoulder the responsibility of implementing 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 wonderful 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/m².
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)
Participation in the External Initiative
The OLC Group is a member of Tokyo Zero-emission Innovation Bay. The organization was established to build an innovative area of zero-emission technology around Tokyo Bay with various energy suppliers and users around it. The initiative aims to elevate the area into the biggest research/development and PR points against climate change with their pursuit of renewable energy technology or the electric network. 122 organizations and institutions participate in the initiative. We will take our responsibility towards climate change along with their philosophy.
OLC Group’s Environmental Policy
The OLC Group undertakes environmental activities in line with Our Environmental Policy.
Structures to Promote Environmental Action
Our Group has established an Environmental Action Committee chaired by the Executive Director and Executive Vice President Officer of the Sustainability Promotion Department, Corporate Strategy Planning Division. The committee is responsible for planning and setting targets for the Company’s environmental activities including against climate change. The Environmental Action Committee is comprised of four subcommittees *. These subcommittees 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. Through Environmental Action Committee, targets and plans regarding environment actions are reported to the Board of Directors annually as well as when significant environmental issues come up. Also, “Measures to address climate change and natural disasters” as one of our materiality was approved by the Board of Directors. We will establish plans of mitigations and adoptions to the climate change, while incorporating it to the business strategy.
*The four subcommittees are: the Subcommittee on Global Warming Prevention, the Subcommittee on Energy Management, the Subcommittee on Waste Management and the Subcommittee on Chemicals Management (as of July 2021).
Energy Management System
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 Plan-Do-Check-Act (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 percent 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.
FY 2019 CO2 Emissions
In FY 2019, CO2 emissions by the OLC Group amounted to 186,000 t.
OLC Group's CO2 Emissions
For the amount of CO2 emitted at the Tokyo Disney Resort, please refer to the Environment Related Data.
The OLC Group has been continuing with our carbon offsetting* since FY 2014. In FY 2020, we chose household fuel cells 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.
Switching to LEDs
Tokyo Disney Resort
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.
“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 percent, while reducing energy consumption by more than 50 percent.
Solar Power Generation
Tokyo Disney Resort
We are currently installing more solar panels on our building rooftops.
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.
Use of Biomass Packaging
Tokyo Disney Resort
The shopping bags provided for a fee at stores inside our Theme Parks and hotels are now eco-friendly. In FY 2015, we introduced biomass packaging partially made with plant-based materials. This enables us to cut yearly CO2 emissions down by about 40 percent compared to conventional bags, which mainly use petroleum-based materials. The plant 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.
Conversion of Vehicles inside Theme Parks to Electric Vehicles
Tokyo Disney Resort
As part of the efforts to reduce CO2 and its impacts on the atmosphere, seven vehicles used for our Big City Vehicles that operate inside Tokyo DisneySea and Disney’s Royal Dream Wedding program offered at Tokyo Disneyland have been converted to electric vehicles.
Environmentally Friendly Transport
The OLC Group is endeavoring to reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
Emissions Reductions for Commercial Vehicles and Low-Emission Vehicles
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.
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 a 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
Measures for addressing global warming include mitigating measures, which entail curbing the advance of global warming by reducing 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, the OLC Group is working to be prepared for thunderstorms, typhoons and other natural disasters, and addressing 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 2019, we installed more parasols outside the Jungle Carnival store and the waiting area for Scuttle’s Scooter to allow Guests to keep the sun off. We also expanded the roof and placed electric fans in the outdoor queuing area for Turtle Talk.
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.
Positions Regarding Climate Change Laws and Regulations
The OLC Group supports laws and regulations regarding climate change such as the Act on the Rationalization etc. of Energy Use and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. We annually submit reports of our energy use, progress against the targets of energy conservation, and emissions of greenhouse gasses.
Environment Related Data
Tokyo Disney Resort
Data on environmental performances of FY2019.