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Environmental Initiatives



This picture is a forest located a few minutes by bicycle from our office.
The stage of Ghibli's animation "Totoro". It is an important natural environment representing Tokyo.

People are always closely related to the natural environment, not just climbers.
Unfortunatelly it is usually almost nothing good for nature.

CO2 Emission until 2016 (Japanese) | 2013 - 2016 Emission data of CO2 (Japanese)


Environmental Responsibility

Tokyo Powder is a growing company and we have become more concern of our actions and manufacturing procedures and its effect on the environment. As such – we’ve begun to monitor our CO2 emissions and are striving for ways to reduce them.

Our main activities consist of the development, manufacture and sale of products. At each step, we always are trying to find new methods to keep the emissions down to the lowest by increasing efficiency.


A good example is the way we make and pack our chalk – we reduce energy consumption by using a mostly manual process. This not only keeps electrical usage to a minimum, but also helps to ensure the most consistent quality of our products. Although many companies strive to achieve this consistency by utilizing machines – we have found through our trials that this is simply not possible with our products to maintain the high level of consistency that we want between packs, but also damaging to the machines because of the enhanced friction.
Investigation of CO2 emissions

The calculation of CO2 emissions in the past ambiguous and difficult due to multiple databases that were available then. Tokyo Powder has chosen to calculate our activities via a method released by the Japanese Ministry of Environment in 2017, although our older data has not been refreshed yet.

The main scopes that are applicable to our business are:
             
Scope 1 Direct combustion of greenhouse gases by businesses, themselves, such as combustion of fuels, industrial processes, etc.         
Scope 2 Indirect emissions accompanying use of electricity, heat and steam supplied from others         
Scope 3 Other indirect emissions (emissions from other companies related to their activities)
Emissions of 2017

These are further broken down into 15 categories as follows – of which category 8,10,13 and 14 are not applicable as they are only for franchise businesses.


CategoryContentEmission [CO2e-t]Proportion [%]
Category 1Purchased products / services10.8340.0
Category 2Capital goods8.6531.9
Category 3Not included in Scope 1 and 2
Fuel and energy related activities
0.080.3
Category 4Transportation, delivery (upstream)0.080.3
Category 5Waste from business0.040.2
Category 6Trip0.301.1
Category 7Employers commuting6.3923.6
Category 9Transportation, delivery (downstream)0.521.9
Category 12Disposal of products sold0.170.6
TOTAL27.07100.0
Comparisons with 2016
The total emissions in 2016 was about 24 tons, and in 2017 it increased by about 3 tons. It is difficult to make a direct comparison as the method for calculation has changed.


Significant Emissions Costs explained – in order of most to least:
Purchased Products - other than materials
This category has shown an increase due to the way it is calculated. According to the Ministry of Environment, all items such as packaging material, office supplies and wood used to refurbish our office is also calculated under this.
Category 2: Emission of capital goods
Category 2 has also shown an increase. During this period – we purchased additional equipment to facilitate the expansion and relocation of our headquarters and factory. We believe that now everything has settled, our emissions related to this category will decrease from hereon with.
Category 7: Emissions from commuting
Commuting occupies the third largest weight. The reason for this high numerical value is the cost is the delivery of raw materials from our supplier to our factory. Due to the accounting method, it falls under this category rather than Transportation as listed in Category 4 and 9.

As a countermeasure to this increase, we encourage employees to use public transportation and bicycles for commute to reduce the emissions that are brought about from their transport.
Category 3: Power
For this category – we have little data as we recently moved the headquarters from a shared building to a standalone one.
Carbon Offset
We’ll be honest to you in this regard – we have yet to find a suitable method of offsetting our carbon emissions over this period. A cursory Google search will tell you that most carbon offset programs aim to reduce future emissions, by either planting trees or supporting clean energy projects.

The costs of supporting these projects (with the fluctuation of currencies) has recently soared. As such, we believe that micro- enterprises like us should seek out other means to offset our footprint. Although we of course try to already minimize the impact of our trading activities, we feel it is not enough, and would gladly like you to help us in finding the best way to do make the offset.
Update : 1/6/2019




Like a climb

Tokyo Powder’s goals are to make things simple, yet effective in all manners.
Because we are small, we have the ability to adapt quickly from past initiatives,
improving work efficiency and improving skills – leading to higher quality and lower environmental impact.

We believe in the way of the climb. Bonded to nature, simple, yet immensely enjoyable.
Anything can be as simple as climbing, if we want it to be.