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Sustainability Report 2005 Published

East Japan Railway Company

September 6, 2005

The JR East Group has issued Sustainability Report 2005, which summarizes its efforts with respect to the environment and other concerns.
The JR East Group's programs are described in terms of three broad categories: environmental, social and economic.

1. Publication of the Sustainability Report

Sustainability Report 2005, which describes the efforts of the JR East Group toward building a sustainable society in terms of the environment (prevention of global warming, recycling resources, etc.), society (safety, customer relations, community relations, employee relations, etc.), and the economy (financial results, economic relations with stakeholders), has just been published. This report not only presents JR East Groups efforts in various areas to a wide audience, but will also serve as a tool for eliciting readers' opinions.
We have also created a digest version, which highlights the most important issues and which will be distributed to all employees to raise their environmental awareness. The digest version will also be distributed at various events.
The main points covered in Sustainability Report 2005 are as follows.

  • "Highlights Section": Documenting Our Major Efforts (pp. 8-16)

    This report is divided into a Highlights Section and a Comprehensive Section.
    In contrast to the Comprehensive Section, which gives a detailed description of each program, the Highlights Section turns the spotlight on employees who stand in the forefront of these programs, bringing the concepts and detailed descriptions of the processes involved into sharp relief.


    Environmental Aspects Social Aspects

    "Creating the World's Most Environmentally-Friendly High-Speed Train"
    "Rooftop Greenery: Good for the Environment, Good for People"
    "Recycling Resources, Growing Vegetables"

    "Learning from Disaster: Responses to the Niigata-Chuetsu Earthquake"
    "Station Reinvention: From 'A Place to Pass Through' to 'A Place to Be'"

    In addition, the basic concepts concerning railroad safety are presented in "Our Aim: Ultimate Safety."

  • "Goals to Be Met by FY 2008": Setting Numerical Goals for the Entire Group (p. 21)

    To carry out its environmental protection programs in a well-planned manner, the JR East Group has set specific numerical goals to work toward. We have been working on goals that were to be achieved in FY 2005. Our FY 2003 results show that we have achieved six out of eleven numerical goals and are moving steadily toward attaining the rest. With the aim of furthering its environmental programs, the JR East Group has set up new "Goals to Be Met by FY 2008." These not only revise the previous goals upward, but also set new goals for the JR East Group as a whole.

2. Major Environmental Protection Activities in FY 2004

  • "Reduction of CO2 Emissions from Business Activities," our program to prevent global warming, had met its FY 2005 goals in FY 2003, but after our hydropower plant was damaged in the Niigata-Chuetsu Earthquake in FY 2004, the amount of power generated by our thermal plants increased, leading to a 13% reduction from FY 1990 levels, which was short of our goal. (Goal for FY 2005: 20% reduction, goal for FY 2008: 22% reduction)
  • "The Ratio of Energy-Efficient Railcars to Total Rolling Stock," increased 4 percentage points over the previous fiscal year to 76%. (Goal for FY 2005: 80%, goal for FY 2008: 82%).
  • Due to the introduction of energy-efficient railcars, "energy consumption in train operation per unit of transport volume" improved by 2 percentage points over the previous fiscal year, representing a 13% reduction from FY 1990 levels. (Goal for FY 2005: 15% reduction, goal for FY 2008: 19% reduction)
  • "The recycling rate for waste generated at stations and on trains" rose 4 percentage points over the previous year to 43%, achieving the goal. (Goal for FY 2005: 40%, goal for FY 2008: 45%)

Reference: Goals to Be Met by FY 2008

East Japan Railway Company
* Reductions are stated using figures from FY 1990 as the base value.

Item Target for FY 2005 Target for FY 2008
CO2 emissions from business activities 20% reduction 22% reduction
CO2 emissions per unit of electricity generation at JR East-operated thermal power plants 30% reduction 40% reduction
Ratio of energy-efficient railcars to total rolling stock 80% 82%
Energy consumption to operate trains per unit of transport volume 15% reduction 19% reduction
Number of large refrigerators using specified chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 85% reduction 100% reduction
Recycling rate for waste generated at stations and on trains 40% 45%
Recycling rate for waste generated at General Rolling Stock Centers, etc. 75% 85% (average for 4 years of plan)
Recycling rate for waste generated at construction projects 85% 92% (average for 4 years of plan)
NOx emissions at JR East thermal power plant 60% reduction 63% reduction
Noise reduction on Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines 75 dB in residential areas 4th plan

JR East Group

Recycling rate for general waste 43%
Percent of recycled paper used in offices 100% at JR East 100%
Annual environmental activities Participate in tree planting, etc.

For details, please see Sustainability Report 2005 on our Web site at