At Kumon, what we care about most is each individual child, it is with this in mind that Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) has been making efforts to open Centres in new areas and in new countries so that more children could have the opportunity to study with the Kumon Method. And, for the same children we care, we view the preservation of the global environment an area we cannot afford to neglect.
Hence in all our business activities, KAO endeavour to reduce the usage of Electricity and Paper and thus the CO2 emissions, and encourage Paper Recycling so as to reduce the organisational impact on the natural resources. We have launched Environmental Management (“EM”) efforts to reduce non-essential printing, power management, recycling. We measure our efforts using the following indicators.
The efforts to reduce Electricity Usage made by Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) member countries had paid off in FY2019. Total electricity usage registered was reduced despite more Learning Centres and offices were in operation during the year. Still, KAO will continue to practice energy-saving practices such as 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 have always been conscientious in making efforts to reduce paper usage. Examples of the effort include printing documents in a page, changing to smaller fonts, printing multiple-pages into 2 pages on 1 sheet, duplex printing etc. In general, the paper usage went down from 4.67 million sheets to 4.23 million sheets.
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 are putting in efforts to save the environment. Awareness has been raised through recycle paper collection boxes in the office to constantly remind staff to recycle paper where possible. Signs and posters are placed by some office building management to remind everyone to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The result for FY was encouraging, recycled paper increased from 21.48 kg to 22.58 kg.
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and 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 everyone, CO2 emission was down by 3.6%.
In 2018 1,128 t-CO2
In 2019 1,087 t-CO2