CSR | EnvironmentConsideration for Biodiversity

Responses to climate change

In the course of constructing and demolishing building and procuring construction and raw materials in real estate and urban development, the Nomura Real Estate Group has an impact on surrounding natural environments and ecosystems. In many aspects such as the formation of scenic views and creating comfortable living environments, we enjoy the benefits of the natural environment and ecosystems, and the loss of biodiversity poses risks of harming the living and business environments of stakeholders including customers (residents, tenant companies, and facility users).
Based on this understanding, the Group works with design and construction companies and other suppliers to minimize impacts on biodiversity through real estate development and materials procurement that achieves harmony with nature.

Management

Management Structure

Nomura Real Estate Holdings’ executive vice president and Group COO has been made responsible for these issues for the Group, and the entire Group is working together to address biodiversity.
In addition, the CSR Committee, which comprises Nomura Real Estate Holdings and Group company directors and others and is chaired by the Nomura Real Estate Holdings executive vice president, deliberates on and decides related policies and action plans.
Starting in fiscal 2018, targets regarding consideration for biodiversity were set, and the Committee is monitoring progress.

Targets

The Group seeks to acquire biodiversity certification (ABINC,*1 JHEP,*2 SEGES*3) for new construction and owned buildings.

※*1 ABINC (Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community) certification: A program that assesses and certifies apartment buildings, office buildings, and other structures regarding efforts to create biodiversity friendly green areas in accordance with the Guidelines for Sustainable Business Sites published by the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB).
*2 JHEP (Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program): A program that quantitatively assesses and certifies efforts to contribute to the preservation and restoration of biodiversity operated by the Ecosystem Conservation Society Japan.
*3 SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System series): A green certification program operated by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure to comprehensively and objectively assess social and environmental functions created from the preservation of corporate green spaces and environmental communication.

Consideration for Biodiversity in Design, Construction, and Raw Materials Procurement

The Group established the Nomura Real Estate Group CSR Procurement Guidelines. Going forward, we will work with suppliers to give consideration to biodiversity.

Nomura Real Estate Group CSR Procurement Guidelines (excerpt of sections dealing with biodiversity)】
  • Endeavor to implement development and greening, taking into consideration the surrounding environment and biodiversity.
  • When procuring raw materials, take into consideration the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of resources. In particular, when procuring wood and wood products, take due care not to use illegal logged timber and endeavor to use wood that has been produced by sustainable methods, such as recycled wood and certified wood.

The full text is available here.

Green Areas and Tree Planting in Consideration of the Surrounding Environment

The Group implements building site plans and tree planting plans in its real estate development and urban development activities with consideration not just for the comfort of customers and local residents, but also for the surrounding environment and ecosystems.

Main Points of Tree Planting Plans that Consider Biodiversity】
  • Improving green coverage rates through effective use of bushes and tall trees
  • Cool spots created by tall trees
  • Continuity with neighboring green areas and consideration for their ecosystems
  • Maintenance of vegetation and green areas by experts

Performance

Promotion Measures

Fiscal 2017 performance against the set targets was as set forth below.

* Unless otherwise indicated, the scope of reporting is the Group.

Acquisition of Biodiversity Certification (ABINC/JHEP/SEGES)

Number of Biodiversity Certifications Acquired in Fiscal 2017
FY 2017
Number of Certifications Acquired for Newly Developed Properties 4
List of Projects that Acquired Certification
Certification Name Property
ABINC FY 2017】
・PROUD City Kichijoji (condominium in Mitaka City, Tokyo)
・Hino City Project (condominium in Hino City, Tokyo)
・Musashino Koganei Project (condominium in Koganei City, Tokyo)
PROUD Season Inagi Minamiyama
Ongoing】
・Yokohama Business Park (offices and other facilities in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
・PROUD Kokubunji (condominium in Kokubunji City, Tokyo)
・PROUD City Musashino Mitaka (condominium in Musashino City, Tokyo)
・Roka Koen The Residence (condominium in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)
JHEP Ongoing】
・PROUD City Musashino Mitaka (condominium in Musashino City, Tokyo)
SEGES Ongoing】
・Yokohama Nomura Building (office building in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
・PROUD City Urawa (condominium in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture)

PROUD City Musashino Mitaka Acquires ABINC and JHEP Certifications

The Group obtained ABINC certification (Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community) and AA rank certification under JHEP (Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program) for PROUD City Musashino Mitaka (Musashino City, Tokyo) for plans that give consideration to the preservation of the abundant natural environment and ecosystems in Musashino City.

Musashino Forest Restored at PROUD Kokubunji

The Group is working to preserve and restore existing green areas on the site of PROUD Kokubunji as the Musashino Forest.
When restoring the Musashino Forest, all the trees were surveyed, and a decision was made to remove those trees that are invasive or do not suit the original ecosystem and to retain a total of 91 trees.In addition, trees that are frequently seen in the region were added to restore the forest as a modern satoyama where people can pass the time enjoyably.
These measures were implemented in accordance with ABINC (Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community), and ABINC certification was subsequently obtained.

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The Musashino Forest prior to development

Project to Create Firefly Habitats in the Yokohama Business Park

The Group has been conducting an exhibit of Urban Design for Firefly Habitats every year since 2008 at the Yokohama Business Park (YBP) (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) in cooperation with Yokohama National University and tenant companies.
Firefly observation events for local residents and hands-on rice planting programs for local elementary school students are offered, and the business park has become a site for considering and learning about biodiversity and environmental problems together with local residents.
Yokohama Business Park acquired certification for consideration of conserving biodiversity under ABINC certification program (urban/SC version) of the Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community (ABINC).

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A nature observation program for local children