Environment

Environmental Policy

NSSOL Group positions the reduction of environmental burden as one of the most important issues in managing the company, and thus, to fulfill our corporate social responsibility, works toward reducing the environmental burden which may arise when we engage in our business activities as well as reducing the environmental burden of throughout society through our business, and thereby contributes to the preservation of the global environment and the realization of sustainable society by, among other means, taking appropriate measures for climate change issues.

Action Agenda

  • We contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden of our customers and society and the preservation of the global environment through our business activities.
  • We comply with environmental laws and regulations and agreements with our stakeholders when we conduct our business activities.
  • We work toward reducing our environmental burden when we conduct our business activities by, among other means, reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emission, efficiently using resources and energy, using, utilizing, and recycling goods, and suppressing the generation of waste.
  • We create an environmental management system and operate it to achieve the environmental goals set thereby, review it on a regular basis, and make efforts to continuously improve the system.
  • We strive to improve the environmental awareness of each of our employees by promoting environmental education and enlightenment activities for the reduction of our environmental burden and preservation of the global environment.
  • We actively promote communication with internal and external stakeholders with regard to our actions on climate change and other activities to reduce our environmental burden.

Promotional Structure

NSSOL has established a Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Representative Director & President, to promote efforts to address sustainability issues. The Environmental Management Committee, chaired by the director in charge, has been established under the Sustainability Committee to analyze the business risks and opportunities associated with climate change and deliberate on measures to address them, manage targets and results of environmental impact indicators, and promote initiatives to reduce environmental impact. The committee is responsible for the promotion of activities, etc.

Promotional Structure

Information disclosure recommended by TCFD

Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was created by the Financial Stability Board at a request of G20 to mitigate the risk of instability in financial markets caused by climate change. In June 2017, TCFD issued recommendations for companies to understand and disclose risks and opportunities presented by climate change. We announced our support to the TCFD recommendations in April 2022.

Governance

We have established “Sustainability Committee” chaired by the Representative Director & President as a system to promote our initiatives to deal with sustainability issues. We position the reduction of environmental burden including actions to deal with climate change issues as one of “materiality” and established the “Environmental Management Committee” chaired by the officer in charge under the aforementioned Committee through which we take actions including analyzing business risks and opportunities presented by climate change and reviewing actions taken, managing target index and actual performance related to environmental burden, and promoting activities to our reduce environmental burden. When we carry out our activities, we implement PDCA management under the environmental management system we created based on ISO 14001 standards. The Sustainability Committee receives reports from the Environmental Management Committee and reviews the policy on the actions on climate change issues and other sustainability issues and the status of progress of actions taken. Important issues are reported to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Strategy

We analyzed both below 2°C scenario and 4°C scenario up to 2050. As a result, the following risks and opportunities were identified.
Under below 2°C scenario, there is a risk of electricity cost increase due to strengthened legal requirements and social demands for CO2 reduction as well as reputation risk due to delay in taking actions, while DX needs such as saving and optimizing energy can be seized as a business opportunity.

below 2°C

4°C scenario, serious impact on business activities such as suspension of operation of DC and suspension of office functions due to delay in taking measures against more violent abnormal weather is feared. However, improvement of business continuity and sales opportunities will be ensured by attaining actions on climate change.

4°C

Note DC: Data Center

Impact
Impact = “Probability of impact” x “Severity”

  • Probability of impact
    3: Highly probable (90% or more); 2: Probable (50-90%); Less probable (10-50%); 0: Not probable
  • Severity of impact
    3: Extremely severe (significant impact on the revenue of the entire company); 2: Severe (impact on the entire business = impact on two operations (work and services)); 1: Minor (impact on main business = one operation); 0: Almost no impact

Timeline

  • Now: Occurs now
  • Short-term: Will occur by 2025
  • Medium-term: Will occur by 2030
  • Long-term: Will occur by 2050

Risk Management

  • Actions against/for risks and opportunities from environmental perspective
    The Environmental Management Committee under the Sustainability Committee analyzes, throughout the entire company in a cross-sectional manner, risks and opportunities related to environmental issues including issues concerning climate change, reviews actions to be taken, and reports the results to the Sustainability Committee, and for important issues, to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Dealing with risks and opportunities through autonomous internal control system of the NSSOL Group
    The NSSOL Group has created and continues to improve internal control systems based on the autonomous internal control.
    Each section conducts risk management including understanding, assessing, and controlling business risks including climate change issues, and functional sections monitor the status of implementation and compliance.
    The status of activities of each section and functional sections is understood and assessed by the Internal Control and Audit Department through internal audits. The status of monitoring and internal audit by functional sections, including actions taken for environmental risks and opportunities mentioned in 1, is reported to the Internal Control Committee. Of these matters, important issues are reported to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Metrics and Targets

GHG emissions

GHG emissions
Note:
Scope of reporting includes domestic consolidated subsidiaries.
GHG emissions are calculated based on Japanese law. The difference in Scope 2 from FY2021 to FY2022 includes both the impact of changes in reporting rules due to Japanese law and real reductions due to increased renewable energy procurement and other factors.
Scope 3 (emissions of other companies related to the company's activities) has been calculated from FY2021

Sources of Scope 3 emissions

Sources of Scope 3 emissions
Note:
Category 4 emissions are included in Category 1 in the calculation.
There are no emissions for categories 9, 10, 14, and 15.

Targets: Reducing the GHG emissions of Scope1+2

FY2050
In response to the efforts of society to become carbon-neutral by 2050, we aim to achieve the carbon neutrality of our company (total of Scope1 plus 2) by 2050.

FY2030
We actively promote the introduction of renewable energy in DC and offices, and aim to reduce GHG (total of Scope1 plus 2) by 50% to one-half of the 2015 level.

Environmental Management System (NSSOL EMS)

NSSOL has acquired ISO14001 certification,an international standard for environmental management systems,for offices and data centers in its head office area. We have also created the NSSOL EMS, our own environmental management system combining ISO-compliant initiatives with responses to the TCFD recommendations. As of FY2022, we have expanded the scope of coverage to regional bases and group companies in Japan.

Environmental Management System (NSSOL EMS)

Specific actions

Reducing power consumption

Reduce working hours by implementing work style reforms, turning off lights in unused areas, optimizing temperature settings for air conditioning / cooling / heating, thorough power-saving settings for PCs and monitors, utilizing power-saving equipment

Reducing paper consumption

Promoting paperless operations by installing displays in conference rooms and utilizing communication tools

Waste

Persons in charge assigned to each floor to ensure thorough separation and management of garbage generated on a daily basis

Education

Conducting e-learning (once a year for employees, and for partners upon appointment), distributing information on NSSOL EMS initiatives via the Intranet

Other

Priority given to purchasing green products for internal use (offi ce supplies and consumables)

Power consumption
Paper consumption
Waste management

Compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Main applicable laws and regulations

  • Act on Rationalizing Energy Use, Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures

    Energy consumption reported based on Act on Rationalizing Energy Use

    Unit:kl FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
    Energy consumption
    (crude oil equivalent)
    18,838 19,209 19,732 19,459 19,018 17,488 16,510 13,233
  • Ordinance concerning Environment to Ensure Health and Safety of Citizens of Tokyo (Environmental Assurance Ordinance)
    Report on Global Warming Countermeasures (Small- and medium-sized enterprises in Tokyo) (Japanese Only)
  • Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (Waste Management Act)

ISO14001 certification

Certifications ISO14001:2015/JIS Q 14001:2015
Certification/Registration authorities JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.
Registration Number E618
Registered organization NS Solutions Corporation, Headquarters
Registration date April 17, 2003
Expiry date April 16, 2024
Relevant organizations within the scope of registration Sumitomo Twin Building, Site
NSSLC Service Corporation, Headquarters
Financial Engineering Group, Inc.
NS Financial Management Consulting, Inc.
Data Center 1
Data Center 5

Our engagement in the environment through business

NS Solutions promotes resource saving and energy saving in accordance with our environmental policy by making our clients’ business more efficient. Here are some examples.

Promotion of utilization of the Data Center

Our state-of-the-art energy-saving Data Center is designed to achieve advanced environmental performance, i.e., PUE 1.4* or lower. By suggesting our clients to use this Data Center, we help our clients to reduce power consumption and also help preserve the global environment.

*PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness)

The value obtained by dividing power consumption of the entire data center by power consumption of server and other IT equipment. The smaller the value, the higher the effectiveness. The former includes the power consumed by the server, storage devices, router, and other IT equipment as well as power consumed by air conditioners, electric equipment, lights, monitoring devices, and other devices and equipment.

Examples at our clients

Promotion of utilization of cloud services

We offer cloud services using our state-of-the-art Data Center. Our clients will be able to eliminate their own server by using our cloud services, which will directly lead to a reduction of consumption of power. We believe that our cloud services operated through our power-efficient Data Center will also help preserve the global environment.