Northampton, MA –News Direct– Aflac Incorporated
Aflac invests in smart environmental solutions that contribute to a sustainable future. Aflac recently expanded its solar array with an installation on the Paul S. Amos campus. The expansion is expected to reduce Aflac’s greenhouse gas emissions in Columbus, Georgia by more than 10%.
To reduce our carbon footprint, we installed a 1.3 megawatt solar panel on our largest campus in Columbus, Georgia.
Aflac Square in Chofu, Japan
Aflac Japan switched to 100% renewable electricity at Aflac Square, a building owned by Aflac Japan, in January 2022. Scope 1 and 2 emissions for the Aflac Square building are expected to be zero* after 2022. Third-party verification part of the CO2 emissions will be made. provided on a regular basis.
In 2020, Aflac US purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that meet the Green-e Renewable Energy Standard for Canada and the United States (V3.4) to cover 100% of the electricity used in buildings belonging to Aflac US.
In 2020 and 2021, Aflac Japan purchased J-Credits to offset Aflac Square’s CO2 emissions until it transitions to renewable energy sources in January 2022.
Other environmental issues:
Waste prevention and reduction
Aflac US’s waste reduction and recycling strategy diverted over 1,800,000 pounds of paper waste from landfill in 2021, and our recycling strategy diverted over 2,000,000 pounds of solid waste from landfill for properties owned by the United States. With more than half of our U.S. employees working off our properties in 2021, the percentage of waste recycled increased from 80% to 92% and waste sent to landfill decreased from 223,980 pounds to 194,020 pounds. Our Senior Vice President of Shared Services and the network of Greenbassador employees are striving to increase the amount of materials printed on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper to 90% by 2025. Approximately 62% of waste generated by the Aflac Square of Aflac in Japan are recycled into recycled paper. and other materials.
Paperless Initiative of Aflac in Japan
In 2020, Aflac Japan launched a three-year paperless initiative to digitize operations. By the end of June 2022, about 4,000 forms will be paperless, which will reduce paper consumption by about 80 million pieces of paper per year, or 320 tons.
We have built several channels through which we engage our global workforce to help us achieve our environmental goals.
In October 2021, Aflac Japan participated in the nature conservation activities of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and carried out forest conservation activities as a first step towards measures to combat climate change in the future.
Aflac US implemented the following initiatives in 2021
Aflac Japan implemented the following initiatives in 2021 under its Environmental Management Promotion Committee
The Environmental Management Promotion Council, composed of members recruited from within the company, has planned and implemented various environmental measures, including the implementation of environmental management seminars to raise awareness among managers and employees, in using the knowledge and experience of each member.
Environmental Management Advocates have been appointed at 19 locations across the country to promote environmental protection activities at each location.
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