Environmental Management

Aiming to be a Company that Helps to Build Sustainable Communities

Contributing to the global environment is one of Shimizu's management principles.
In order to materialize this principle, we established the Shimizu Global Environmental Charter in 1991. We clearly explain our stance on environmental initiatives and promote environmental management.

Environmental Management Policy

Shimizu's goal is to contribute directly to the community and global environment through our own business activities while also contributing to an increase in the corporate value of our customers and to the community and the global environment by providing environmentally friendly products and services.

The Four Wheels that Drive Shimizu's Environmental Management

The Four Wheels that Drive Shimizu's Environmental Management

Shimizu's goal is to contribute directly to the community and global environment through our own business activities while also contributing to an increase in the corporate value of our customers and to the community and the global environment by providing environmentally friendly products and services.

Environmental Protection

Shimizu regards buildings as public assets and places importance on reducing the environmental burden generated by buildings over their entire lifecycle. We have set goals such as mitigation of global warming, resource conservation, and ecosystem preservation, and are working to achieve these goals.

We are putting even greater effort into enhancing activities at each stage of a building's lifecycle, achieving greater energy savings, extending the life of and reusing existing buildings, and restoring and creating natural environments.

Environmental Business

Shimizu is active in a broad range of environmental businesses, including remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, construction of final disposal and intermediate processing facilities, initiatives in solar power, wind power, and other types of renewable energy, creating biotopes on building rooftops and greening of walls in connection with ecosystem preservation, and production/use of emissions credits, among other activities.

We will not stay within the confines of construction in responding to the changing needs of society. We will create new businesses specializing in environmental technologies that utilize Shimizu's integrative strengths and technical skills.

Environmental Risk Management

Environmental accidents and legal and regulatory violations do not only have a major adverse impact on the company; they also have an enormous impact on the surrounding community and stakeholders. To prevent the materialization of such risks, Shimizu has established the Rules on Construction By-product Management, Guidelines on Handling of Construction By-products, Emergency Management Guidelines, and other internal rules and guidelines. We process construction waste properly, disclose information on waste processing, and work to prevent environmental accidents and environmental pollution.

Shimizu provides education on compliance and risk management at a company-wide level, divisional level, and to subcontractors, exercising strict management and working to improve awareness.

Environmental & Social Contributions

Shimizu conducts environmental seminars and other activities for young people in the community, in addition to longstanding activities such as job site-centered initiatives in co-existing harmoniously in the community and the participation of individual employees in community activities via the volunteer network.

Shimizu regards the construction of buildings and structures that are superior assets to the community as an integral part of our corporate social responsibility. Our definition of superior assets is buildings and structures that exceed the expectations of our customers and the community, and are environmentally friendly.

Shimizu Global Environmental Charter

Basic Principles

Shimizu contributes to building a sustainable society by working to preserve the global environment and to create a better environment as a corporate citizen and as a member of the construction industry.

The Global Environment Office (now the EMS Administrative Office) was established in April 1991 and the Environmental Countermeasures Promotion Committee (Chair: Vice President) was established in December of the same year. The company's policy on initiatives was decided upon at the first meeting of the Environmental Countermeasures Promotion Committee. The Shimizu Global Environmental Charter was established in October 1991. It was subsequently amended in April 2002 and has remained the same since then.

In 1991, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) enacted the Industrial Charter for Sustainable Development and the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (now, the Japan Business Federation) enacted the Keidanren Global Environment Charter.

Basic Environmental Policy

In April 1997, Shimizu adopted the company's basic position statement and guidelines on conduct on environmental management in the name of the president and established the Basic Environmental Policy which set forth guidelines on conduct. The policy was amended in April of 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2006, and has remained the same since then.

The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted at the Conference of Parties in 1997, and the Japan Business Federation published the Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment.

Basic Position Statement

By basing environmental management on the principles of the Global Environmental Charter, Shimizu and its group companies provide environmentally friendly products and services that surpass the expectations of customers and the community and contribute to value creation and sustainable development through all stages of a building's lifecycle.

Guidelines on Conduct

  1. Shimizu complies with laws, regulations, and accords relating to the environment and employs a management system for activities that fall along the two axes of environmentally friendly business activities and creation and restoration of the environment.
  2. Shimizu recognizes that the construction industry has a major impact on global warming, resources, and natural ecosystems by its very nature, and strives to take the environment into consideration in all construction activities.
  3. Shimizu is active in the development of environmental technologies which can be widely adopted in the community.
  4. Shimizu actively engages stakeholders in dialog, works to contribute to the environment and to the community, provides support to external organizations, and communicates information on these activities to the community.
  5. Shimizu conducts environmental education and training, and strives to improve environmental knowledge and awareness among all employees as the basis for environmental activities.

Environmental Policy

The Building Construction Headquarters, the Civil Engineering Headquarters, the Engineering Headquarters, and the Nuclear Projects Div. have acquired ISO 14001 certification and declare their overall intentions and policies on environmental activities in the Environmental Policies they have established in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard.

Environmental Management System

Flow Chart of the Policy on Initiatives

The structure of our environmental management system consists of two groups, divided according to the content of division activities: Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses, which is mainly responsible for the design and construction of buildings and structures, and Engineering Business, which handles engineering services.

Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses

The Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses, which consist of the Building Construction Headquarters, Civil Engineering Headquarters, branches, the headquarters management divisions, Sustainable Green Business Promotion Division, Technology Planning Division, Institute of Technology, and the Safety Administration & Environment Division, have acquired ISO 14001 certification as a group. The Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses have established an Environmental Policy and develop an Environmental Activity Plan. Plans are formulated and disseminated at each hierarchical level, from the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses down to each section and job site (project).

Engineering Headquarters

The Engineering Headquarters differs from the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses in business content and scope. It has developed a separate Environmental Policy and engages in environmental activities. Engineering Headquarters has also acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

CSR & Global Environment Committee

The Global Environment Committee was established in 1993 as the ultimate company-wide decision-making body on matters relating to the environment. The committee is chaired by the President. The committee was reorganized as the CSR & Global Environment Committee in fiscal 2008.

Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses

An executive officer in charge of environment company-wide has been designated as top management in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. A head of the EMS Administrative Division has also been appointed. The head of each division within the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses appoints an Environmental Management Supervisor and an Environmental Promotion Supervisor, to operate an environmental management system.

Engineering Headquarters

An executive officer in charge of the headquarters has been designated as top management in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. A Chief Administrator of Quality & Environmental Management is appointed to operate an environmental management system.

Safety Administration & Environment Division (EMS Administrative Office)

This division was established in 1991 as the administrative office for the environmental management system of the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses (formerly called the Global Environment Office).

ISO 14001 Certification

In 1997, an active movement to acquire ISO 14001 certification began in the construction industry.

In March 1999, Shimizu acquired certification for all divisions and branches in Building Construction Headquarters and Civil Engineering Headquarters, except for overseas branches. At the time, other companies were acquiring certifications at the branch level and Shimizu was the only company to acquire a blanket certification for its entire Construction and Civil Engineering Headquarters.

The registered name was subsequently changed to the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses due to an organizational restructuring. The Institute of Technology was included in the scope of certification in July 2003 and the management divisions at headquarters were included in April 2006. The scope of certification has remained the same since then.

As of November 2017, Shimizu has acquired ISO 14001 certification for the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses and the Engineering Headquarters. This encompasses roughly 95% of all Shimizu employees.

Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses

March 31st, 1999
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

March 31st, 1999
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

March 31st, 1999
Certification (Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

Engineering Headquarters

August 21st, 1998
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

August 21st, 1998
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

Engineering Headquarters acquired certification in August 1998, the year before the Construction and Civil Engineering Headquarters obtained certification.

Roughly 95% of all employees of Shimizu are affiliated with the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses and the Engineering Headquarters.

Overseas Branches and Overseas Subsidiaries

Sections of the International Division stationed in Japan are included in the certification scope for the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses. Overseas offices and local subsidiaries are encouraged to acquire separate certification, in accordance with the conditions in each country.

List of ISO 14001 Certifications Acquired
Country/Region Acquiring Entity Date Acquired
Thailand Thai Shimizu December 2007
Vietnam Hanoi Office/Shimizu Vietnam September 2008
Malaysia Malaysia Office December 2011
India Shimizu Corporation India May 2015
Indonesia Jakarta Office June 2010
China Shimizu Corporation(China) December 2006
Shingapore Singapore Office November 2002
Taiwan Taipei Office November 2007
Philippine Shimizu Philippine Contractors November 2017

Fiscal 2016 Goals and Results / Fiscal 2017 Environmental Activity Plan

Fiscal 2016 Environmental Goals and Results

While we achieved our fiscal 2016 goals for mitigating global warming, reducing the volume of construction by-products and promoting environmentally friendly designs, we did not achieve our goals for protecting biodiversity.

FY 2016 Goals FY 2016 Results
Mitigating global warming Reduction in CO2 emissions of 317,000 tons or more for the Ecological Mission 340,700t CO2 reduction
Reducing the volume of construction by-product volume reduction and resource recovery Reduction in final disposal rate to 4.0% or less (excluding construction sludge, general waste, and waste requiring special management) 3.70%
Reduction in standard unit volume of construction by-products generated per square meter (new construction) of 15.8 kg/m2or less 3.0 kg/m2
(excluding construction sludge, stumps and timber harvested, general waste, and waste requiring special management)
Protecting biodiversity Number of proposals to customers concerning biodiversity in projects: 14 or more 12 projects
Promoting environmentally friendly design Construction design projects of 2,000m2 or larger with a CASBEE ranking of A or higher A Rank (1.51)

Fiscal 2016 Results After Revision of the Ecological Mission

We began the initiatives in Ecological Mission 2030-2050, which establishes the medium and long-term goals for 2030 and 2050, and revised the Ecological Mission.

Categories FY 2016 Goals FY 2016 Results
Mitigating global warming KPI Efforts to reduce CO2 during construction Emission volume of 260,000 tons of CO2 Emission volume of 240,000 tons of CO2
−51% compared to fiscal 1990 −53% compared to fiscal 1990
Efforts to reduce CO2 in the company's offices Emission volume of 10,000 tons of CO2 Emission volume of 9,000 tons of CO2
−44% compared to fiscal 1990 −48% compared to fiscal 1990
Reduction in CO2 when operating a building due to the energy-saving design Emissions volume of 50,000 tons of CO2 Emissions volume of 48,000 tons in CO2
−43% compared to fiscal 1990 −45% compared to fiscal 1990
Promoting improvement in construction methods Reduction of 42,000 tons in CO2 emissions Reduction of 42,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Promoting environmentally friendly materials procurement Reduction of 45,000 tons in CO2 emissions Reduction of 57,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Promoting energy-saving upgrades and the building management business Reduction of 43,000 tons in CO2 emissions Reduction of 30,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Reduction in the volume of construction by-product waste disposal Reduction of 20,000 tons in CO2 emissions Reduction of 18,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Promotion of the renewable energy business Reduction of 10,000 tons in CO2 emissions Reduction of 11,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Acquiring and using emission credits Reduction of 18,000 tons in CO2 emissions Reduction of 19,000 tons in CO2 emissions

「✔」CO2 emissions volumes with a check mark have been independently verified by Environment and Sustainability Services, EY ShinNihon LLC, Japan.

Fiscal 2017 Environmental Activity Plan

Categories FY 2017 Goals Notes
Compliance KPI Eliminate violations of environmental laws and regulations, and environmental accidents Number of violations/accidents: 0
Mitigating global warming KPI Efforts to reduce CO2 emissions during construction −53% compared to fiscal 1990
Efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in the company's offices −46% compared to fiscal 1990
Reduction in CO2 emissions during building operation due to energy-saving designs −44% compared to fiscal 1990
Promoting improvement in construction methods Reduction of 23,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Promoting environmentally friendly materials procurement Reduction of 45,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Promoting energy-saving upgrades and the building management business Reduction of 44,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Reduction in the volume of construction by-product waste disposal Reduction of 65,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Promotion of the renewable energy business Reduction of 10,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Acquiring and using emission credits Reduction of 18,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Reducing the volume of construction by-product volume reduction and resource recovery KPI Reduction in final disposal rate 4.0% or less
(excluding construction sludge, general waste, and waste requiring special management)
Reduction volume of construction by-products per base unit (new construction) 15.8 kg/m2 or less
(excluding construction sludge, stumps and timber harvested, general waste, and waste requiring special management)
Protecting biodiversity Number of proposals to customers concerning biodiversity in projects 14 projects or more
Promoting environmentally friendly design Construction: Implementation of environmentally friendly designs in projects required in application approval, customer specifications, and decisions by the chief design engineer (CASBEE rating) Average of Rank A or above

Participation in Groups and Initiatives

Shimizu is working in cooperation with various organizations in Japan on the wide range of initiatives listed below to improve efforts in the environmental area, and is working to refine the foundations of environmental management.

Theme Organization/Initiative Description of Initiative
Climate change CDP Japan Club We provide CDP Japan Club with an annual report on greenhouse gas emissions. Our report was given an A- at the CDP Japan Report Conference in FY2016.
Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, Global Warming Subcommittee This committee promotes activities aimed at reduction of greenhouse gases emitted during construction, for the entire construction industry.
Waste Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, Construction By-products Subcommittee As a member of the subcommittee, Shimizu participates in plan, designing, and implementing various measures for handling construction by-products in the industry.
Expansion of supply chain recycling with construction materials manufacturers We are promoting a direct recycling system for drywall and other materials with various materials manufacturers in Japan, through the recycling system authorized by the Minister of the Environment.
Biodiversity Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation A vice president from Shimizu participates as the deputy chair of the committee and promotes support of nature conservation activities by NGOs through the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund.
World Wildlife Fund Japan committee. The advisory committee consists of experts and corporate representatives, and provides advice and approves resolutions on matters that the Board of Governors is considering.
Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB) As a member corporation, Shimizu participates in various working groups, and contributes to biodiversity through cross-organizational initiatives involving other companies.
Association for Business Innovation in Harmony with Nature & Community (ABINC) As a member corporation, Shimizu participates in various working groups, and contributes to the dissemination of and education about the ABINC Business Establishment Certification (ABINC certification).
Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, Biodiversity Subcommittee his subcommittee pursues activities that preserve biodiversity in the entire industry.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Shimizu did not have any accidents that resulted in an administrative penalty due to a violation of environmental laws and regulations or impacted the living environment in fiscal 2016. Shimizu has not committed any violations of environmental laws and regulations in over three years.

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