Responding to Climate Change

By continuing to truly focus upon babies, we want to make the world more baby-friendly.
At the same time, we aim to achieve sustainable growth as a company by reducing environmental impact and solving social issues surrounding babies and mothers in all countries and regions where we conduct business activities. We particularly recognize the urgency of climate change. Pigeon’s Seventh Medium-Term Business Plan identifies climate change as one of the most important management challenges and outlines measures to tackle it.

TCFD ReportCO2 Emissions Reduction Targets and Performance

CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets and Performance

In our 7th Medium-Term Business Plan (2020–2022), we set the companywide target of reducing Scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions per sales in FY2022 by 10% compared to FY2018, and have promoted activities to achieve the target.


Target for FY2022
Reduction of CO2 emission intensity
(Scope 1 & 2) 10% from 2018 base year.
Result in FY2021
11.7% reduction from 2018 base year
Target for FY2022
Reduction of CO2 emission intensity
(Scope 1 & 2)10%from 2018 base year.
Result in FY2021
11.7% reduction
from 2018 base year

Note: The values of intensity for FY2018, FY2019 and FY2020 have been restated as a result of recalculation of net sales according to the revised Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition. This reduction target covers the total emissions of scope 1 and scope 2 emitted from Pigeon Corporation and all of the consolidated subsidiaries in Japan and overseas. (The target coverage is 100%)

Pigeon Group CO2 Emissions (Scope 1 & 2) 

Our CO2 emissions across the entire group in FY2021 were 2,855 tonnes for Scope 1 and 20,655 tonnes for Scope 2 (total: 23,510 tonnes). Scope 1&2 emissions decreased by 4,693 tonnes (16.6%) compared to FY2018.

Unit: tonnes of CO2

Business segment FY2018
(base year)
FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
CO2 Emission CO2 Emission Reduction
(vs. FY2018)
CO2 Emission Reduction
(vs. FY2018)
CO2 Emission Reduction
(vs. FY2018)
Group total 28,203 26,931 -1,272 24,973 -3,230 23,510 -4,693
   Japan Business 6,232 5,496 -737 5,265 -967 3,947 -2,285
   China Business 9,884 8,886 -998 8,923 -961 8,737 -1,147
   Singapore Business 11,305 11,306 1 10,442 -863 10,610 -695
   Lansinoh Business 782 1,243 461 343 -439 216 -566

Note: The CO2 emissions for FY2018, FY2019 and FY2020 have been restated due to a review of past data.

■Boundary of calculations

Pigeon Corporation and all of the consolidated subsidiaries in Japan and overseas.(Coverage is 100%)
The financial control approach is used to consolidate CO2 emissions.

■Calculation method

Scope 1 emissions: Calculations are based on energy-derived CO2 emission. For the Japan business unit, CO2 emission factors specified in Japan's Act on Promotion of Global Warming Measures are applied. For the overseas businesses, CO2 emission factors published by local governments are used where available, otherwise, the emission factors published by IPCC or specified in Japan's Act on Promotion of Global Warming Measures are used.

Scope 2 emissions: Where supplier-specific CO2 emission factors are available, those are applied. Otherwise, the average CO2 emission factors of the local country or electricity grid are applied. CO2 emission factors for electricity consumption corresponding to the amount of purchased Renewable Energy Certificates are set to zero.

Independent Verification on CO2 emissions

To enhance the credibility of CO2 emissions data, we engaged third parties to provide verifications on Scope 1 and scope 2 CO2 emissions.

Manufacturing subsidiaries that their emissions were independently verified in 2022

Three manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan and two manufacturing subsidiaries overseas shown as below have completed third-party verifications on Scope 1 and scope 2 CO2 emissions for FY2021. (As of July 2022)

Verified Organization Verification agency

Issue Date of
Verification Report

Pigeon Home Products Corporation
Pigeon Manufacturing Ibaraki Corporation
Pigeon Manufacturing Hyogo Corporation

Japan Quality Assurance Organization June 7, 2022
Pigeon Industries (Thailand) Company Limited LRQA (Thailand) Ltd. June 20, 2022
Pigeon India Pvt. Ltd. URS Verification Pvt. Ltd. June 8, 2022

Manufacturing subsidiaries that their emissions were independently verified in 2021

Three manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan and four manufacturing subsidiaries overseas shown as below have completed third-party verifications on Scope 1 and scope 2 CO2 emissions for FY2020. A total of scope 1 and scope 2 CO2 emissions for these seven subsidiaries was 14,684 tonnes of CO2 in FY2020, this account for 58.8% of 24,973 tonnes of CO2 for the Pigeon Group.

Verified Organization Verification agency

Issue Date of
Verification Report

Pigeon Home Products Corporation
Pigeon Manufacturing Ibaraki Corporation
Pigeon Manufacturing Hyogo Corporation

Japan Quality Assurance Organization November 26, 2021
Pigeon Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. SGS-CSTC Standard Technical Services Co., Ltd. June 25, 2021
Thai Pigeon Company Limited Lloyd’s Register International (Thailand) Ltd. August 30, 2021
Pigeon Industries (Thailand) Company Limited Lloyd’s Register International (Thailand) Ltd. August 30, 2021
Pigeon India Pvt. Ltd. BSI India November 27, 2021

Scope 3 GHG emissions

Pigeon Group recognizes the need to identify not only Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions from our production and non-production sites, but also greenhouse gas emissions throughout the entire value chain, including raw materials, OEM products outsourcing, transportation, use of sold products, and end-of life treatment of sold products (scope 3 emissions) and the need to work with our business partners to reduce scope 3 emissions.
For this reason, we first calculated scope 3 GHG emissions in FY2020 and FY2021 for our Japan Business and Lansinoh Business.
In addition, we are in the process of calculating global scope 3 emissions for fiscal 2021, including our China Business and Singapore Business.

Scope 3 GHG emissions of Japan and Lansinoh Business

Categories

FY2020
Thousand tonnes of CO2e

FY2021
Thousand tonnes of CO2e

Purchased goods and services 120.6 101.3
Capital goods 2.3 2.8
Fuel-and energy-related activities  1.1 0.8
Upstream transportation and distribution 6.8 6.6
Waste generated in operations 3.0 3.0
Business travel 0.3 0.1
Employee commuting 1.2 1.3
Downstream transportation and distribution  3.4 1.9
Use of sold products  5.1 4.4
End-of-life treatment of sold products  10.8 9.5
Franchises 0.02 0.02

The calculation covers our Japan Business and Lansinoh Business. These businesses accounted for 55%* of consolidated net sales in FY2021. (Coverage is 55% on net sales basis) 
Please refer to "Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Japan Business" for the details of organizational boundaries and calculation methods for Japan Business.
*Before eliminating inter-segment transactions.

Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Japan Business

The Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions of Japan Business for FY2021 were calculated as a total of 112 thousand tonnes of CO2e for all categories*1 included in the calculation, resulted 15% reduction from the previous year. The largest proportion of this was made up of Category 1 emissions (from purchased goods and services), which accounted for 88 thousand tonnes of CO2e. GHG emissions accompanying purchases of nonwoven fabrics and baby drinks made up a large portion of these emissions.

In 2022, we will calculate our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, with our China Business and Singapore Business included in the scope for calculation.

*1 Of the 15 categories defined in the GHG Protocol, we calculate emissions in 10, excluding the 5 categories of Upstream Leased Assets, Downstream Leased Assets, Downstream Transportation and Distribution, Processing of Sold Products, and Investments.

GHG Emissions of Japan Business

 Scope and Categories FY2020 FY2021
Scope 1 (Thousand tonnes of CO2) 1 1
Scope 2 (Thousand tonnes of CO2) 3 3
Scope 3 (Thousand tonnes of CO2e) 132 112
  Purchased Goods & Services  106 88
  Capital Goods  2 2
  Fuel-and energy-related activities  1 1
  Upstream Transportation & Distribution  5 5
  Waste Generation in Operations  3 3
  Business Travel  0.2 0.1
  Employee Commuting  1 1
  Use of Sold Products  5 4
  End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products  9 8
  Franchises 0.02 0.02

■Boundary of calculations
Pigeon Corporation, Pigeon Home Products Corporation, Pigeon Manufacturing Hyogo Corporation, Pigeon Manufacturing Ibaraki Corporation, Pigeon Tahira Corporation, Pigeon Hearts Corporation, Pigeon Manaka Corporation

■Calculation methods for scope 3 emissions
GHG emissions are calculated using "Database of emissions unit values for calculating greenhouse emissions throughout the supply chain Ver.3.1 (July, 2021)", published by Japan's Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, hereafter, "Emission factors DB", as well as the "LCI database IDEA version 2.3" developed by the IDEA lab for Society and LCA of Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST) .
Purchased Goods & Services: GHG emission is calculated for products sold in Japanese market by Pigeon Group as a general rule. GHG emissions from products purchased from other companies, and raw materials and other materials purchased to produce our own products are calculated. It excludes purchased products and materials for exports to overseas and any purchase of raw materials and other materials consumed to produce OEM products produced based on requests from other companies. For the products and materials those weight are identified, GHG emissions are calculated based on the weight of each product/material. However, for those items of which weight were not identified, purchased monetary amounts are used for calculations. In addition, purchased goods and services accounted as advertising expense, sales and promotion expense, research and development expense and manufacturing supplies expense, which are relatively large portions of sales and general administrative expenses, are included in the calculation.
Use of Sold Products: This category covers emissions from the use of Pigeon's electric appliances such as Electric Breast Pumps, Electric Milk Warmers, Electric Nose Cleaners, as well as emissions derived from energy consumed when Pigeon's nursing bottle users sterilize their nursing bottles by boiling or by using microwaves. The numbers of Pigeon's nursing bottle users, the numbers of each user who sterilie by boiling and by using microwave are based on our own estimations.
End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products: Products those weight are identified are in the scope of the calculation. Emissions are caluclated by using an emission factor by waste type included in Table 9 of Emission Factors DB.
Franchises: This category covers childcare business.

Lansinoh Group's Long-term Targets for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We recognize the importance of addressing climate change throughout our value chain. In FY2020, our Lansinoh Group set a long-term goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2030 and committed to net zero emissions by 2050 for the entire value chain. These plans align with the Paris Agreement, which strives to limit global warming to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels. The corresponding near-term reduction targets by 2030 were validated and approved by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi ) in FY2020.


The net-zero commitment covers scopes 1, 2, and 3 of the entire Lansinoh business, which accounts for 14.3%* of consolidated net sales. (2021 actual) 

  • LANSINOH LABORATORIES INC. COMMITS REDUCE ABSOKUTE SCOPE 1&2 GREENHOUSE GAS(GHG) EMISSIONS 46% BY 2030 FROM A 2019 BASE YEAR. LANSINOH LABORATORIES INC. COMMITS REDUCE ABSOKUTE SCOPE 3 SCOPE 3 GHG EMISSION 69% PRE VALUE ADDED BY 2030 FROM A 2019 BASE YEAR.

Lansinoh Group's Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scopes 1, 2 and 3)

 

FY2019

FY2020

FY2021

tonnes-CO2e Ratio tonnes-CO2e Ratio tonnes-CO2e Ratio
Scope 1 Total 118 1% 83 0% 95 0%
Scope 2 Total 937 5% 288 1% 1 0%
Scope 3 Total 19,651 95% 22,641 98% 19,349 100%
  Purchased Goods & Services 12,705 61% 14,647 64% 13,139 68%
  Capital Goods 353 2% 342 1% 324 2%
   Fuel and energy-related activities 124 1% 126 1% 130 1%
  Upstream Transportation Distribution 1,480 7% 1,838 8% 1,817 9%
  Waste Generation in Operations 5 0% 6 0% 7 0%
  Business Travel 577 3% 92

0%

13

0%
  Employee Commuting 319 2% 211 1% 91 0%
  Downstream Transporation & Distribution 2,244 11% 3,428 15% 1,883 10%
  Use of Sold Products 101 0% 108 0% 99 1%
  End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products 1,743 8% 1,843 8% 1,845 9%
Scope 1, 2 & 3 Total 20,706 100% 23,012 100% 19,445 100%

CO2 Reduction and Energy Conservation Initiatives

Pigeon Group's Energy Consumption

Recognizing the need to address climate change and conserve depletable energy sources, we are working to save energy and switch to renewable energy at our facilities. Our total energy consumption in 2021 was 52,022MWh. The largest proportion of this was made up of electricity, which accounted for 71%.

Energy carriers

FY2021 Consumption (MWh) 

Fuel 12,708
Purchased electricity 36,962
Purchased heat  24
Electricity generated by own solar panels installed at our manufacturing sites 2,328
Total  52,022

[Boundary of calculations]
Pigeon Corporation and all of the consolidated subsidiaries in Japan and overseas. (Coverage is 100%) 

[Calculation method]
Fuel consumption is calculated based on higher heating values specified in the Energy Saving Act in Japan. 

Use of Renewable Energy

The Pigeon Group advances the use of renewable energy as a means of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. In 2021 renewable energy comprised 9.3% of total energy consumed by the Group, contributing to a 2,127 tonnes reduction in CO2 emissions.

On August 1, 2021, the Pigeon Group’s head office in Chuo Ward, Tokyo began purchasing renewable energy. The Group head office thus became the first Pigeon Group facility to achieve 100% use of renewable energy, reducing CO2 emissions by 63 tonnes per year.

The Group began introducing solar power generation facilities in May 2019 with projects in two Group companies located in China, Pigeon Industries (Changzhou) Co., Ltd. and Pigeon Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Subsequently, solar power generation facilities were introduced at Pigeon India Pvt. Ltd. in October 2019, at PT Pigeon Indonesia in September 2020, at Thai Pigeon Co., Ltd. in Thailand in January 2021 and at Pigeon Manufacturing Hyogo Corporation in Japan in May 2022.

In Japan, Pigeon Manufacturing Hyogo Corporation and Pigeon Manufacturing Ibaraki Corporation have purchased electricity from renewable sources since FY2020.

In addition, we have begun purchasing renewable energy electricity certificates starting in FY2020.

The Pigeon Group will continue to expand its adoption of renewable energy in Japan and overseas, and further advance our efforts for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

  FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Amount of Usage
(MWh)
Ratio of Electricity Consumption of Pigeon Group (%) CO2 Reduction
(tonnes of CO2)
Amount of Usage
(MWh)
Ratio of Electricity Consumption of Pigeon Group (%) CO2 Reduction
(tonnes of CO2)
Amount of Usage
(MWh)
Ratio of Electricity Consumption of Pigeon Group (%) CO2 Reduction
(tonnes of CO2)
Electricity generated from renewable energy sources 880 2.2% 711 1,928 4.9% 1,233 3,649 9.3% 2,127

Of which, electricity generatd by own solar panels installed at our manufacturing sites

880 2.2% 711 1,159 2.9% 944 2,328 5.9% 1,617

PIGEON INDUSTRIES (CHANGZHOU) CO., LTD.

578 1.4% 465 774 2.0% 623 743 1.9% 588

PIGEON MANUFACTURING (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.

255 0.6% 205 156 0.4% 126 295 0.8% 234

PIGEON INDIA PVT. LTD

47 0.1% 40 217 0.5% 184 263 0.7% 208

PT PIGEON INDONESIA

- - - 12 0.03% 10 198 0.5% 173

THAI PIGEON CO., LTD.

- - - - - - 829 2.1% 414

Of which, purchased electricty from renewable energy sources

- - - 769 1.9% 289 1,321 3.4% 510
Renewable Energy Certificates Purchased - - - 1,855 4.7% 800 3,364 8.6% 1,462

Our efforts to reduce CO2 Emissions in Logistics

To reduce CO2 emissions through logistics, we are shortening transportation distances, reducing transportation frequency, and switching to transportation methods that emit less CO2.

1. Reduction of transportation distance

We are working to shorten transportation distances by reviewing unloading locations and shipping bases.

  • Shortened transportation distances by eliminating our own logistics bases and outsourcing to outside logistics providers located near ports (PIGEON MALAYSIA (TRADING) SDN.BHD.).
  • Shortened the transportation distance of industrial waste by changing the industrial waste processor (PIGEON INDUSTRIES (THAILAND) CO.)
  • Changed the port of shipment for imported raw materials to shorten the transportation distance (LANSINOH LABORATORIES MEDICAL DEVICES DESIGN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE LTD.)

 2. Reduction of transportation frequency

We are working to reduce the frequency of transportation by improving loading efficiency, reducing the percentage of empty vehicles, and improving procurement efficiency in cooperation with suppliers.

  • Efforts are underway to change the number of items placed in the outer box, the method of packing in the box, and the size of the outer box (Pigeon Corporation).
  • Reviewing packaging specifications to eliminate the need for inner layer material (Lansinoh Group)
  • Collaborated with suppliers of secondary materials to improve the accuracy of demand forecasting and inventory control, and to reduce the frequency of transportation. (LANSINOH LABORATORIES MEDICAL DEVICES DESIGN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE LTD.CO., PIGEON SINGAPORE PTE.LTD. and PIGEON MALAYSIA (TRADING) SDN.BHD.)
  • Switched from wooden pallets to paper slip sheets, forest certified, and improved loading rates and significantly reduced transportation weight (LANSINOH LABORATORIES MEDICAL DEVICES DESIGN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE LTD.CO., LANSINOH LABORATORIES, INC.)

 3. Switching to transportation methods that emit less CO2

We are also switching to trucks that use cleaner fuels for transportation.

  • Use of natural gas and biodiesel vehicles (THAI PIGEON CO., LTD.)

Developing Carbon Neutral (Climate Neutral) Products

Our Lansinoh business is actively working toward greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals based on scientific evidence. To begin with, Lansinoh has completely switched to renewable energy for the electric power used at all of its sites. It has also calculated the full carbon footprint of its main products, opened negotiations with suppliers about using renewable energy in order to reduce their emissions, and begun actively working toward GHG emissions reduction at the product level. In 2021, Lansinoh was the first company in the Pigeon Group to launch products certified climate-neutral by a third party (the DFCE Institute). The products are certified climate-neutral because Lansinoh has determined their GHG emissions over their entire life cycle (from raw material procurement to disposal after use) and is not only independently working to reduce these emissions but also striving to compensate for emissions that are difficult to eliminate by purchasing climate credits, which support activities by environmental groups certified to reduce and absorb greenhouse gases.

Other Initiatives

・Eliminating electricity generation from fuel oil
In order to reduce GHG emissions, in fiscal 2020 we stopped using electric generators that use fuel oil. (Pigeon Manufacturing Hyogo)

・Energy efficiency through LED lighting
We are making progress on the changeover to LED lighting, and using less electricity in our offices and other sites. (Central Laboratory, Pigeon Manufacturing Ibaraki)

Further Initiatives

Although we have not introduced ICP (Internal Carbon Pricing), we are discussing the setting of long-term reduction targets in consideration of the future rise of carbon taxes and Japan's reduction target of carbon neutrality by 2050. During the discussion process, we refer to the IEA's forecast of carbon tax increase in order to promote shifts to renewable energy, application of renewable energy certificates, and capital investment for the purpose of energy conservation and on-sites renewable energy generation.

Response to CDP Climate Change Questionnaire

Pigeon responded to CDP Climate Change Questionnaire 2022 conducted by CDP, a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Please see below for our responses (Japanese language only).