Preventing Global Warming
Energy-saving emphasis on products
In Japan, the Act on the Rational Use of Energy—known more informally as the “Energy Efficiency Act”—designates some food service equipment as specific equipment under Top Runner Program Standards*1. Hoshizaki strives to develop high-energy-efficiency products that exceed these standards and bring these products to market ahead of the target fiscal year*2. For example, we launched sales of a showcase with enhanced energy-saving features in 2019, a year ahead of the target fiscal year. Also of note, the display panel indicates that the showcase is operating in energy-saving mode, raising awareness among customers using the showcase and highlighting reduced electricity usage.
In the Americas, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Canadian Department of Natural Resources (NRCan) have set rigorous standards for energy conservation in products. Hoshizaki America has been working to develop and sell environmentally friendly and energy-saving products, and has received the "Partner of the Year --Product Brand Owner" for ten consecutive years (since FY2012) at the ENERGY STAR® *3 awards.
The latest recognition was mainly for an expansion of the lineup of the energy-saving ice machine "KMEdge X" series that suppresses power consumption and the environment-friendly commercial refrigerator "Steelheart" series that suppresses greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we have received the highest award "Partner of the Year --SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE AWARD” for seven consecutive years, having been selected from companies that have won the "Partner of the Year" for multiple years in a row.
In Europe, we are developing and selling non-CFC products that use the natural refrigerant propane (R290), in response to F gas regulations*4 and rising demand for non-CFC. R290 has less refrigerant filling than conventional HFCs and can reduce the impact on global warming. In 2020, we launched the Crescent ice machine, which uses a non-CFC refrigerant, and in 2021, we launched the Sushi Showcase. We will continue to use non-CFC refrigerants to expand the number of models with improved energy-saving performance.
*1 Requires manufacturers to develop products exceeding the highest level of energy efficiency achieved by products brought to market at a certain point in time.
*2 Fiscal year in which to achieve *1 criteria set by product and category.
*3 Program run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1992. The goal is to raise the energy efficiency of equipment and reduce CO2 emissions. Products that meet specific energy efficiency standards are recognized with ENERGY STAR certification and are allowed to carry the associated mark.
*4 Values calculated by Hoshizaki (compared with existing Hoshizaki products)
*5 A regulation prohibiting the sale of equipment that uses alternative CFC refrigerants.
CO2 emissions reduction in domestic production processes
At Hoshizaki, in order to reduce the CO2 emissions from sources of energy for its business activities, both manufacturing and back-office departments have been engaged in initiatives such as the introduction of power-saving equipment, improved equipment operation, improved operational efficiency, and improved production process. However, CO2 emissions in FY2021 were 10,623 tons, which was 101.1% of the amount for the previous year.
The main reason for the increase in CO2 emissions is an increase in the capacity utilization rate due to the post-pandemic production increase. We will continue to strive to reduce CO2 emissions by improving operational efficiency and renewing equipment.
CO2 emissions reduction overseas
Western Refrigeration Pvt. Ltd., a member of the Hoshizaki Group in India, installed a photovoltaic system with an area of 5,000m2 on the roof of the Sanjan Plant when that facility was constructed. The system has been in constant operation since April 2017 and provides the power for production processes. It generates 500kWp (kilowatt peak), with an estimated CO2 emissions reduction effect equivalent to planting about 29,500 trees.