KAO Green Initiatives
At Kumon, what we care about most is each individual child. With this in mind Kumon Asia & Oceania (KAO) sees preservation of the global environment as an area we cannot afford to neglect.
In all activities, KAO endeavours to reduce usage of electricity and paper, and thus CO2 emissions, and encourage paper recycling to reduce our impact on the Earth’s natural resources. Our Environmental Management (EM) efforts aim to reduce non-essential printing, manage energy usage and increase recycling. We measure the success of our efforts using the following indicators.
Annual Usage Statistics
The efforts to reduce Electricity Usage made by KAO paid off in 2019. Our total electricity usage reduced, despite more Kumon centres and branch offices being in operation. KAO will continue to energy efficient practices, like turning off lights when not in use, installing energy saving light bulbs and using motion sensors where possible.
Electricity usage in 2018: 1,754,757 kWh
Electricity usage in 2019: 1,672,964 kWh
KAO members are always conscientious in our efforts to reduce paper usage. This includes reducing the size of documents to a single and duplex printing.
Paper usage in 2018: 4,671,208 sheets
Paper usage in 2019: 4,229,597 sheets
Paper recycling is a major area where KAO countries contribute to saving the environment. Awareness in branch offices is raised through placing recycling bins in the workplace to constantly remind staff to recycle paper when possible. Signs and posters are placed by some office building management to remind everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The result for 2019 was encouraging, with total recycled paper increasing substantially.
In 2018: 21,476 kg
In 2019: 22,583 kg
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. Electricity usage is one of the main sources of CO2 emission. Efforts are being made to decrease CO2 emissions whenever possible. With efforts put in by all KAO member countries, total CO2 emissions were reduced by 3.6 percent in 2019.
In 2018: 1,128 t-CO2
In 2019: 1,087 t-CO2