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Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Impact

SBI Group recognizes that protecting the global environment, which supports biodiversity and is the basis for the survival and life of all living creatures, is essential to the realization of a sustainable society. Based on this recognition, we are practicing our business activities in consideration of the environment and with responsibility for the conservation of the global environment.

Specifically, the Company calculates and discloses greenhouse gas emissions associated with its business activities, sets reduction targets, and supports the financing of companies with products and technologies that contributes to reducing environmental impact. Furthermore, SBI Group promotes digital transformation (DX) within and outside the Group by providing services that utilize innovative technologies and diffusing cross-industry technologies outside the Group, while also working to solve environmental issues through its own business activities in order to reduce environmental impact.

Changes in GHG Emissions

TSBI Group recognizes the importance of contributing to limiting the global temperature rise to within 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels, in line with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, the international framework on global warming, and is working to visualize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the Company Group.

Moreover, towards realizing the national target of carbon neutrality by 2050, the SBI Group targets net zero CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by FY2050. Its interim target is a 33% reduction by FY2030 (compared to its FY2018 levels). In addition, we have begun calculating Scope 3 emissions for each category in order to understand the scale of the Group's Scope 3 emissions and have disclosed some of these emissions.

(Unit: t-CO2)
  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
GHG emissions (Scope1) 108 107 85 1,299 1,482
GHG emissions (Scope2) 3,621 4,140 4,463 18,191 12,030
Total 3,729 4,246 4,548 19,490 13,512
GHG emissions (Scope3) - - - - 1,286
* Scope of coverage: Scope 1 (direct emissions from the use of fossil fuels, etc.), Scope 2 (indirect emissions owing to use of purchased electricity and heat) and Scope 3 (emissions of others related to the operator's activities) emissions as defined by the GHG Protocol, of mainly domestic sites of SBI Holdings and its Group companies. Includes SBI Shinsei Bank from FY2021. Calculations for Scope 3 started in FY2022.
* Calculation method: based on the electricity usage of SBI Holdings and its Group companies, the GHG emissions in the relevant range are calculated using various emission factors announced by the Ministry of the Environment.
* Scope 3 covers business travel (category 6) and employee commuting (category 7)

<Towards achieving GHG emission reduction targets>
The Group's GHG emissions increased sharply in FY2021 due to the acquisition of SBI Shinsei Bank Group as a subsidiary in December 2021. Although SBI Shinsei Bank Group accounts for approx. 90% of the SBI Group's GHG emissions in FY2022 (total of Scope 1 and Scope 2), SBI Shinsei Bank Group has a goal of achieving net zero emissions by FY2030.

Izumi Garden Tower, where SBI Holdings has its offices, is promoting energy conservation and pursuing a change in contracts to have electricity generated from renewable energy with Non-Fossil Fuel Certificate.*1 Since April 2022, the majority of the offices used by SBI Group have switched to green power.*2 The Company will continue to consider initiatives that will further contribute to reducing GHG emissions.
SBI Shinsei Bank Group is also reducing its power consumption by promoting energy conservation and pursuing a change in contracts to have electricity generated from renewable energy with Non-Fossil Fuel Certificate.*1 in its office buildings as well as integrating data centers and shifting to cloud computing.
SBI Shinsei Bank Group has set the target of achieving net zero GHG emissions*3 from its investment and loan portfolio companies by the end of FY2050. At the same time, the actual GHG emissions are calculated in accordance with the international standards published by PCAF *4. In FY2022, SBI Shinsei Bank also measured its investment and loan portfolio GHG emissions for a portion of the business corporation and residential mortgage loans, in addition to project financing and real estate non-recourse financing. In the future, SBI Shinsei Bank plans to gradually expand the number of target assets and improve calculation accuracy.
In addition, SBI Shinsei Bank sets a target of achieving zero loan balance for project finance for coal-fired thermal power generation by the end of FY2040.

SBI Group will continue to consider initiatives that will further contribute to reducing GHG emissions.

*1 A certificate issued for the environmental value of electricity generated using non-fossil fuels.

*2 Electricity produced mainly from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower.

*3 The GHG emissions are calculated as the contribution of the SBI Shinsei Bank Group to the GHG emissions of each investee and financing

*4 In October 2022, SBI Shinsei Bank joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) and is working to advance the assessment of GHG emissions of its investees in accordance with the GHG protocol (aggregation method) having the transparency set out by the PCAF

*5 Of the six asset types in the PCAF criteria (above), we measured GHG emissions from our investment and loan portfolio based on the following calculation methods: the corporate entities for "listed equity and corporate bonds" and "business loans and unlisted equity"; residential mortgage loans for "mortgages"; project financing for "project finance"; and real estate non-recourse loans for "commercial real estate"

Promoting Digital Transformation

The SBI Group is promoting digital transformation (DX) both inside and outside the Group and contributing to the reduction of environmental impact by providing services that utilize innovative technologies and diffusing these technologies outside the Group across industries.
For example, Machi no Wa, a subsidiary of the SBI Group, provides an information platform called "Machinoen," which uses blockchain/distributed ledger technology to electronically issue and operate digital gift certificates and community points.
It will reduce the administrative burden on local governments, associations of commerce, and industry, by providing everything from application to raffle, purchase, and payment at the merchant store in digital format compared to the conventional paper-based issuance method. By doing so, it will also help revitalize the local economy and improve convenience for users in a way that is compatible with a post-COVID society by preventing congestion at application reception points.
In addition, SBI Business Solutions, another SBI Group subsidiary, provides various cloud systems for corporate back-office support such as expense settlement systems (Keihi Bank II), billing systems (Seikyu QUICK) and approval request and circular distribution systems (Shonin Time) which has all been previously done paper-based.
In addition to improving operational efficiency at the companies that have adopted them, they also help reduce environmental impact by the paper-to-digital transformation.

Machi no Wa(Japanese Only)
SBI Business Solutions(Japanese Only)

Introducing Business Cards Made of Materials that Contribute to the Conservation of Water Resources

LIMEX, which is mainly composed of limestone and can replace paper and plastic

Water crisis continues to worsen due to population growth, aggravation of climate change, and water pollution, and it is said that more than two billion people around the world are compelled to drink unsafe water.
SBI Group has adopted LIMEX as the material for the business cards of its executives and employees from FY2018 to contribute to solving this global environmental issue.

LIMEX is made mainly from limestone and is a substitute for paper and plastic without using water or wood pulp as raw materials. For example, in the case of business cards, each box of 100 cards will conserve about 10 liters of water resources.
SBI Group has contributed to the conservation of approximately 16 tons of water resources from April 2022 to March 2023. Other SBI Group companies have already introduced this LIMEX business card, and we will continue to expand its usage inside and outside the Group to further conserve water resources.

Initiatives to reduce waste losses

While it is estimated that approximately one in nine people in the world are undernourished mainly in developing countries, food "waste loss" is a social problem in developed countries, such as food not being fully consumed and being discarded, or products being thrown away because changes or deformation of outer packaging.
Here are some examples of how we, SBI Group executives and employees, who are also consumers in the society, contribute to issues such as "waste loss reduction" at the SBI Group.

SBI Holdings, through an introduction from Sumitomo Real Estate, which owns the Izumi Garden Tower where the majority of the SBI Group companies are located, conducts outlet sales of products that would otherwise be discarded for reasons such as "near expiry date" or "packaging changes" to the Company Group's officers and employees.

Furthermore, SBI FXTRADE has become the first company to endorse the "TABECHOKU Primary Industry SDGs Project" of vivid garden Inc. , which operates "TABECHOKU," an online marketplace for direct shipment of agricultural products, and is promoting collaboration with the company to contribute to the SDGs through support for local producers. The project is designed to strengthen support for producers working towards the achievement of the SDGs and promote further development of the primary industry, such as vivid garden's efforts to utilize plastics-free packaged foodstuffs and sub-standard agricultural products in cooperation with companies.
SBI FXTRADE is promoting initiatives to reduce waste loss through its support of the project, including a campaign to give away "environmentally and healthily friendly foodstuffs" to customers who fulfil the trading requirements.

TABECHOKU Primary Industry SDGs Project (Japanese Only)
SBI FXTRADE Special Website (Japanese Only)