NIPPON HOTEL Co., Ltd. aims to be a corporation friendly to communities and the global environment by engaging in socially rewarding activities and tackling environmental problems as a priority issue in every phase of operation.
Basic principle・Basic policy
NIPPON HOTEL positions environmental problems as a priority issue in its corporate activities and does all that it can to operate as an environmentally friendly corporation.
- We contribute to customers, communities, and international society by providing comfortable environment-friendly hospitality.
- We strive to create a recycling society for global environmental conservation and do all we can to effectively use resources by promoting 3R activities (= reduce, reuse, and recycle).
- We strive to raise awareness on environmental conservation and put it into practice on a personal level with our sights set on an healthy, preserved environment for tomorrow.
Environmental activities (examples)
Promoting an environmental management regime
We set forth principles, policies, and guidelines for environmental conservation as priority issues to attend to as a corporation. Three specific goals have been set: (1) reducing energy and CO2; (2) recycling resources(activities to convert food waste into fertilizer, methanation, recycling oil generated from hotel kitchens, water saving initiatives, and moves to paperless operation, etc.); and (3) raising the environmental awareness of our employees. To build momentum towards achieving these goals, we are enhancing our environmental management regime from an organizational perspective by setting up an “Environmental Management Office” for environmental measures and a “Project Committee” for environmental conservation activities.
Initiatives to reduce food loss
Nippon Hotel launched the “Food Loss Reduction Project” in April 2018 as part of activities towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is implementing a range of initiatives to reduce food loss. Nippon Hotel is striving to reduce food loss across its services, from food procurement through its cooking processes to serving customers, including the introduction of more diligent food ordering systems, the effective use of ingredients and serving appropriate portion sizes for each customer, etc. It will continue to proactively promote initiatives across hotels under the group umbrella, holding study groups and review meetings and participating in the “3010 Movement” by hotels that offer banquet and function room services.
*What is the “3010 Movement”?
The “3010 Movement” is a movement aimed to reduce the amount of food waste at banquet functions. It aims to encourage guests to establish a time specifically for eating and enjoying the food that is served at parties and banquets, etc. in the first 30 minutes and final 10 minutes of the event. This movement started at Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture and is spreading to other local government bodies. (Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website)
HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO IKEBUKURO
The Great Tohoku Earthquake has awakened us anew to the importance of energy and our limited resources. To reduce power supply/demand during peak hours, we have adopted a special “visualization” strategy in a new building and energy management system (BEMS). A special power monitor installed in a kitchen transmits visual and sound signals to remind building users to cut down on power consumption. When power consumption reaches a preset threshold in part of the BEMS-regulated building, the power monitor issues a sound alarm and blinks in red. This is one of several ingenious strategies we are adopting to save electricity.
The Tokyo Station Hotel
The Tokyo Station Hotel achieved the reduction of its CO2 emissions by 14% between FY2013 and FY2015, and demonstrated its excellence in the tenant lodging sector. It consequently earned a recommendation and spoke about its environmental efforts at the 2016 Tenant Energy-saving Seminar organized by the Bureau of Environment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO
HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO undertook full-scale energy-saving activities in response to the introduction of the obligation to reduce the total emissions of greenhouse gases and the emissions trading program as a result of the 2008 amendment to the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance on Environmental Preservation. It successfully reduced its CO2 emissions by 20.4% by FY2013 from the level prior to the launch of the environmental activities in FY2009, and spoke about its efforts at the 2014 Tenant Energy-saving Seminar organized by the Bureau of Environment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Local and social contribution activities
As a member of the JR East Group, NIPPON HOTEL positions local and social contribution as priority issues. We strive to revitalize communities and generate ‘sight-seeing flows’ by arranging tie-up events between eastern Japan and other regions with an emphasis on food and collaboration with the residents around the hotels.
How we contribute locally (examples)
An agreement with the Chiyoda-ward government to accept commuters unable to go home
HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO
After the Great Tohoku Earthquake, HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO entered into an agreement with the Chiyoda-ward government to accept as many stranded commuters (commuters unable to go home) as possible and distribute relief supplies from the ward government in the event of another large-scale disaster. We are now collaborating with the ward government to establish a system for smoothing out disturbances in the flow of commuters under emergency conditions.
Ikebukuro Inbound Corporation
We serve as the managing entity and office for Ikebukuro Inbound Corporation, one of Ikebukuro’s most prominent promoters of tourism. Ikebukuro Inbound Corporation is working to create and revitalize tourism demand for more international visitors to Ikebukuro, a destination especially popular for visitors from Asia.
Local “food events”
NIPPON HOTEL is hosting restaurant events, offering a range of food and sake with a focus on the eastern part of Japan. Through these events, we hope to use food to share the charm of regional areas of Japan to attract more people from the metropolitan areas and contribute to rebuilding regional communities.