Environmental Initiatives

The MEDIPAL Group undertakes initiatives to conserve the environment as a business that contributes to people’s health. We are taking various steps such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help prevent global warming and promoting recycling to help create a recycling-oriented society. Our goal is a sustainable society. As a corporate group that delivers “energy and brightness,” we will continue to carry out activities that contribute to conserving the global environment.

Introduction of Vehicles with Low Environmental Impact

The MEDIPAL Group is introducing environmentally friendly company-owned vehicles, including light vehicles with excellent fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. This stops CO2 emissions per company-owned vehicle from rising significantly.

Number of Company-Owned Light Vehicles with 660cc or Smaller Engines
Adoption of Low-Emission Vehicles
Vehicles Meeting Fuel Economy Standards

1. Low-emission vehicles: Vehicles that meet technical indicators for emission cleanliness as shown by performance, regardless of fuel type, according to the low-emission vehicle certification system of the Ministry of the Environment

2. Fuel-efficient vehicles: Vehicles exceeding fuel economy standards based on the Act on Temporary Measures for Promotion of Rational Use of Energy and Recycled Resources in Business Activities (Energy Saving Act)

■CO2Emissions

Year Ended March 31 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Fuel consumption (KL) 11,969 11,996 12,008 12,014 11,939
CO2 emissions (t-CO2) 27,787 27,851 27,879 27,892 27,718
Number of vehicles
(as of October)
7,122 7,210 7,397 7,434 7,613
CO2 emission per vehicle 3.90 3.86 3.77 3.75 3.64

Note: Formula for calculating CO2 emissions:
Fuel quantity (KL) × 34.6 (GJ/KL: Calorific value per unit) × 0.0183 (tC/GJ: Emission factor) × 44/12

NOx Emissions

Implemented at:

MEDICEO CORPORATION, EVERLTH Co., Ltd., ATOL CO., LTD. and MM CORPORATION

Working to Further Reduce Electric Power Consumption

To reduce electric power consumption, we have installed inverter lighting systems and motion sensor light switches and frequently clean air conditioning filters. In addition, Group companies have been making efforts to cut power consumption further in response to the recent electric power shortages.

Measures include:

  • Reducing and removing light fixtures (incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent lights)
  • Restricting elevator use (use stairs for three floors or less)
  • Turning off computers when away from desk for long periods

Waste Disposal Manual

As a distributor, the MEDIPAL Group actively promotes reduction and proper disposal of waste in accordance with relevant laws, including the Basic Law for Promoting the Creation of a Recycling-Oriented Society.
We have produced a manual on proper waste disposal, which contains information on waste disposal procedures with a focus on pharmaceuticals. Based on this manual, we dispose of waste appropriately, in accordance with law.

Waste Disposal Procedures

Implemented at:

MEDICEO CORPORATION, EVERLTH Co., Ltd., ATOL CO., LTD., MM CORPORATION and PALTAC Corporation

Introduction of a Recycling System for Confidential Documents

To create a recycling-oriented society that restrains consumption of natural resources and reduces its impact on the environment, the MEDIPAL Group has cut back on the use of shredders to facilitate paper recycling, and is introducing a confidential document recycling system with locked recycling boxes. Confidential documents disposed of in these boxes are recycled by a professional contractor into cushioning and other materials.

Confidential Document Recycling System

Working to Conserve Energy in Distribution Operations

PALTAC Corporation is taking measures to raise shipping efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions. Specifically, it has been consolidating distribution bases and revising delivery routes to improve the load efficiency of delivery vehicles.

As a result, Paltac has substantially exceeded the medium-to-long-term annual reduction target of 1 percent*1 for energy intensity, a standard used in efforts under the revised Act on Temporary Measures for Promotion of Rational Use of Energy and Recycled Resources in Business Activities (Energy Saving Act), enacted in April 2006.

In addition, a project to reduce CO2 emissions by consolidating distribution bases in Kanagawa Prefecture in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 was recognized as a Green Logistics Partnership Dissemination Project*2 by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Paltac will continue its efforts to increase the efficiency of and optimize the distribution chain, including manufacturers and retailers.

1. For the five year-period ended March 31, 2011

2. Green Logistics Partnership Dissemination Projects: Initiatives aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in the distribution field through cooperation and collaboration between shippers and distribution businesses. Sustainable “dissemination” projects with substantial ripple effects.

Reduction of Energy Consumption at PALTAC Corporation (year-on-year basis)
The Green Logistics Partnership Dissemination Project

Implemented at:

PALTAC Corporation

Recycling Compacted Cardboard

The large volume of cardboard waste generated every day at the regional distribution centers (RDCs) of PALTAC Corporation and area logistics centers (ALCs) of MEDICEO CORPORATION is compacted in balers. (The process from compaction to baling and discharge is automated.)
After being compacted into a cube, the cardboard is collected by waste paper companies for recycling as toilet paper and other products.

Cardboard box baler (PALTAC Corporation’s RDC Sakai)

Implemented at:

MEDICEO CORPORATION, ATOL CO., LTD. and PALTAC Corporation