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Greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is essential to tackling global warming and making our society sustainable. We understand that we are responsible for the environment, and work to monitor the carbon footprint of our business activities and promote tangible initiatives to stop global warming.
Referring to Japan’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets announced by the government in April 2021, we have set bolder medium- to long-term targets with the aim to halve groupwide carbon dioxide emissions from FY 2013 levels by FY 2030.

Medium- to long-term targets and their progress

SATO's targets and progress for carbon dioxide emission reduction(Japan)

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Area of
Key indicators FY 2019
FY 2020
FY 2021
FY 2030
Scope 1* &
Scope 2* CO2
CO2 emissions
5,275 4,585 3,951 2,738
Relative to
FY 2013
Down 16.3% Cut by 27.8% Cut by
  • *Scope 1 covers direct emissions from company-owned sources (e.g., emissions associated with fuel combustion or industrial processes).
  • *Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the consumption of purchased energy including electricity,heat and steam.

Energy self-sufficiency via solar panels

In 2018, SATO joined Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP) as a supporting member to help tackle climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. JCLP is a group of Japanese companies sharing the common understanding that the industrial sector should take actions to realize a sustainable, decarbonized society with a sense of urgency. Through JCLP, we were able to link up with a photovoltaic system provider (also a supporting member) to install solar panels at Kitakami Operations, our factory in Iwate, Japan. Beginning operation in September 2020, this solar power system is expected to generate about 220,000 kWh of electricity per year to reduce emissions by about 115 metric tons annually.

Eco-friendly products

SATO linerless labels not only cut the use of wood pulp, but also shorten production time and reduce waste (liner), conserving energy used. A roll of linerless labels can hold 40 percent more labels than common labels with release liner.

SATO linerless labels
A linered label

Green procurement

The SATO Group now sees procurement from environmental perspectives as, in 2007, it set up its own SATO Green Factory (SGF) certification based on the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. We ask business partners who have yet to acquire ISO 14001 certification to comply with SGF standards, while we provide support on accreditation and regular audits. SGF assesses partners on whether or not they (1) have an environment policy, (2) monitor environmental impact (power usage, waste emissions), (3) promote environmental activities, and (4) comply with related laws.

Renewable energy sources

In October 2020, we contracted a renewable power provider for Kitakami Operations where we develop and manufacture specialty barcode printers and manufacture labels and stickers. This helps Kitakami further cut its CO₂ emissions by about 1,214 metric tons annually and achieve 100 percent renewable energy (net-zero emissions after carbon credits and other adjustments are taken into account). Our next step is to get other SATO sites to switch to renewable energy sources as well.

LED lighting for logistics centers

In 2019 we began installing energy efficient LEDs at our two logistics centers in Japan (Saitama and Nara) which was completed in February 2021. This translates to an emissions reduction of about 86 metric tons annually.

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