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KAO Green Initiatives

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 endeavor to reduce the usage of electricity and papers, 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.

Annual Usage Statistics

Electricity

The efforts to reduce electricity usage made by Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) member countries had paid off in FY2018. 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 2017 1,788,102 kWh

Electricity usage in 2018 1,754,757 kWh

Paper

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 4.90 million sheets to 4.67 million sheets.

Paper usage in 2017 4,905,863 sheets

Paper usage in 2018 4,671,208 sheets

Paper Recycling

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 10.29 tons to 21.48 tons.

In 2017 10,288 kg

In 2018 21,476 kg

CO2 Emission

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 – 4.3%.

In 2017 1,156 t-CO2

In 2018 1,106 t-CO2

Example of environmental efforts in KAO

Kumon India Education Private Ltd of KAO is practicing the Save Electricity activity in offices by turning off the lights and electric items while not in used and keeping more plants for addition of greenery in the office environment.

The benefits of keeping plants in workplace:

  1. Help to reduce stress and increase productivity.
  2. Make workspaces more attractive to staff and job applicants.
  3. Clean the air.

The benefits of turn off lights and electrical items while not in use :

  1. It saves energy and reduced the electricity bill.
  2. Cutting back on energy consumption reduces the amount of electricity that power plants have to make, subsequently reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are burned each day.