Environmental Consciousness and Sustainability Initiatives
Denmark is at the forefront of nations in the world seeking to implement renewable energy systems. Denmark's current status as an environmentally advanced country is the result of the considerable time and energy it has invested in education promoting environmental consciousness which in turn has led to increased participation among its citizens in a variety of environmentally friendly initiatives. The Andersen Group, which models itself after Denmark, is also taking an active role in efforts and operations aimed at energy conservation and resource recycling.
In the past, the Andersen Group collected various forms of food waste, including scraps of bread dough, as part of bioenergy research seeking to convert such waste into sustainable recycling resources. The joint research was conducted with a university and private enterprises seeking to create renewable energy from food waste in order to produce clean energy which can be used in hydrogen fuel cells.
At present, four of Takaki Bakery's factories within Japan, including some that are still in the planning stages, are moving forward to adopt solar photovoltaic technology to promote the use of renewable energy. Furthermore, the Andersen Group is undertaking various initiatives in carbon dioxide reduction and energy savings as global warming countermeasures. The Andersen Group has achieved energy savings as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fluorescent lights with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and upgrading conventional air conditioning systems to more advanced energy-saving equipment. With regard to large scale refrigeration equipment in particular, the Andersen Group followed guidelines recommended by the Ministry of the Environment in replacing conventional equipment with cutting edge technologies that employ natural refrigerants. Consequently, the Andersen Group has been awarded the highest evaluation category of Class S (for companies achieving excellence in energy savings) for three consecutive years by the Energy Conservation Act's energy-saving business class evaluation system in which all business operators are classified into one of four stages: S, A, B or C.
The Andersen Group will continue to learn from Denmark, an ecological superpower, and persistently promote environmentally conscious initiatives that are specific and unique to the Andersen Group.