NSK harnesses green power

Switching the electricity used at their headquarters and A1 Factory in Japan entirely to renewable energy including photovoltaic power, NSK paves their path to zero CO2 manufacturing.

Addressing global warming, which is accompanied by severe climate change, has become an urgent problem and international efforts such as the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are becoming more active.

In October 2020, the Japanese government announced its policy of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and the trend towards decarbonisation has accelerated in the country.

Since acquiring the ISO 14001 environmental management system in 1999, Nakanishi (NSK), a manufacturer and seller of dental, surgical and general industrial products, has been reducing energy consumption by maintaining environmental conservation at headquarters and production sites, introducing photovoltaic power, groundwater recycling air conditioning systems and automatic air conditioning control systems.

As a global company, NSK has switched all energy consumed in domestic production activities to green power from photovoltaic power as a further measure to play a more active role in realising a sustainable society.

NSK has entered into an electric power purchase contract with EneresPower Marketing, an electric power retail company, and has started using its service. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be calculated every physical year and third-party verification will be conducted to ensure the validity of emissions while promoting zero CO2 manufacturing.

Looking ahead to acquiring the Environmental Initiative in the future, NSK is committed to actively reduce GHG emissions throughout its business activities in its entire supply chain and fulfil its social responsibility as a company in the dental and medical equipment industry promoting decarbonisation in the society.

Efforts to reduce GHG emissions in its supply chain

Based on GHG Protocol, an international standard for calculating GHG emissions, and Basic Guidelines for Calculating GHG Emissions through the Supply Chain from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, NSK will calculate and reduce emissions from business activities (Scope 1 and Scope 2) and indirect emissions outside the scope of its business activities (Scope 3).

Furthermore, NSK has planned to switch the energy used in its production activities in Scope 2 to renewable energy-based electricity and reduce GHG emissions to zero. And under Scope 3, the company will measure GHG emissions during the procurement of raw materials and the use and disposal of products by its customers. Moreover, NSK will address reducing emissions by promoting its products that consume less power, are smaller and lighter, and by reviewing logistics.

NSK believes that the creation of environmentally conscious products also leads to more business opportunities, so it intends to actively work towards the realisation of carbon neutrality by considering the promotion of its business strategy and its efforts to tackle the environmental problem in an integrated manner with an eye to active participation in climate protection projects.