As environmental problems including climate change, depletion of natural resources, and destruction of ecosystems become increasingly severe, international frameworks such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been launched and responding to environmental problems has become an urgent social issue.
The Nomura Real Estate Group enjoys various benefits obtained from the natural environment through the real estate business and urban development but also imposes certain burdens on the environment through its business activities. In addition, the Group interacts with various customers including residents, tenant corporations, and facility users over the long term, and consequently we are aware that responding to environment problems that have substantial impact on the lives and business of customers is an important duty of the Group.
It is based on this understanding that the Group established the Nomura Real Estate Group Environmental Philosophy. We are working to raise awareness of environmental problems throughout the Group and reduce environmental impact by complying with environmental laws and regulations, conducting supplier management, and obtaining environmental certifications.
As a result of deliberations by the CSR Committee during fiscal 2017, we identified the following five matters as particularly important issues, and we are working to step up our initiatives in these areas.
Nomura Real Estate Holdings established the Nomura Real Estate Group Environmental Philosophy as a guide for Group environmental measures. Based on the Philosophy, the Group works in concert to address environmental issues and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
The Group believes that it has a duty to society to help pass the current natural environment down to future generations. In accordance with that belief, we are working to create communities and spaces in harmony with the environment, and we are pursuing the realization of ideal environmental quality.
We are taking measures to improve group-wide environmental management under the leadership of Nomura Real Estate Holdings executive vice president and Group COO.
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, environmental management targets were set, and the Committee monitors progress.
The Group seeks to obtain environmental, green building certifications for new construction and owned properties (DBJ Green Building,*1 LEED,*2 and CASBEE*3).
*1 DBJ Green Building
A certification program development by the Development Bank of Japan to promote real estate development that considers environmental performance, disaster preparedness, and security as well as social needs from diverse stakeholders.
A system developed and operated by the U.S. Green Building Council for granting certification to environmentally-conscious buildings.
*3 CASBEE, or Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency, includes the certification program administered by the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC) and local assessment programs such as CASBEE Kawasaki, which are tailored and administered by local governments.
The Yokohama Office of Nomura Real Estate Partners Co., Ltd. acquired certification under ISO 14001, an international environmental management system, and is carrying out various initiatives including waste reduction, resource recycling, and energy-saving measures.
The Group established the Nomura Real Estate Group CSR Procurement Guidelines.The Group will continue its efforts with suppliers to address environmental issues.
The Group undertakes environmental responses in the design and construction phases of condominiums, leased offices, and other structures in accordance with the Design and Construction Standards and the Quality Manual.
When developing PROUD condominiums, the Group requires project implementers to submit Environmental Assessment and Challenge Sheets and to improve residential environmental performance and quality.Revisions were made in fiscal 2017 to reinforce responses to social and environmental problems.
*BELS stands for Building-Housing Energy-efficiency Labeling System, which was established by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Fiscal 2017 performance against the set targets was as set forth below.
*Unless otherwise indicated, the reporting scope is the Group.
|Acquisition rate by newly-constructed office buildings, retail facilities, logistics facilities, and condominiums||100%|
|DBJ Green Building||【Office Buildings】
PMO Shibuya, PMO Tamachi Higashi, PMO Higashi-Shinbashi, PMO Hatchobori Shinkawa, PMO Kyobashi Higashi
GEMS Ebisu, GEMS Kayabacho, GEMS Jingu-Mae, GEMS Sangenjaya
PROUD FLAT Monzen-nakacho, PROUD FLAT Miyazakidai
In fiscal 2017, the Group did not commit any violations of environmental laws and regulations in the manufacture, sale, or management of its products and services. The Group also did not receive any external indications of violations.