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 FY2020. Total electricity usage registered was reduced due to the activities as mentioned above. 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 2019 1,672,964 kWh
Electricity usage in 2020 1,217,020 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., implementation of electronic forms and filing. In addition, the reduction was also due to the activities as mentioned above. In general, the paper usage went down from 4.22 million sheets to 1.50 million sheets.
Paper usage in 2019 4,229,597 sheets
Paper usage in 2020 1,500,609 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 FY2020 was encouraging, recycled paper increased from 22.58 kg to 78.34 kg.
In 2019 22,583 kg
In 2020 78,344 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 28.3%.
In 2019 1,093 t-CO2
In 2020 784 t-CO2
Since March 2021, the Bangkok Office of Kumon (Thailand) has merged working space from 2 floors to 1 floor, reducing rental areas from 1,835 sq.m. to 1,025 sq.m. We have selected the design and construction company with certified the quality standard ISO 9001: 2015 and environmental management standard ISO 14001: 2015 by Bureau Veritas (BVQI). By working closely with them, we have adopted the Green Office: Office design green used in the new office design to reduce, release carbon dioxide as well as energy saving. Our design concept is to increase collaboration area where flexibility, relaxing and be able to work, discussion, sharing data and informal meeting as shown in the pictures.
In KAO daylighting minimises the amount of artificial light and reduces electricity and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) costs. Making use of natural light can save up to 75 percent of the energy used for lighting buildings and reduce cooling costs. Natural lighting reduces the strain on the eyes compared to other types of home lighting. It also saves energy as it reduces the use of heating and air conditioning. Studies have proven that natural light makes people more productive, happier, healthier, and calmer.