Basic Approach to the Environment

The SKY Perfect JSAT Group views the problem of climate change as an urgent issue facing society. As such, we have set a materiality of contributing to the environment to make a decarbonized society and circular economy a reality. In addition to environmentally conscious initiatives such as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, green procurement, and waste management, we will contribute to improving the global environment and solving social issues through existing businesses and development of new businesses.

In particular, for more than 30 years, we have been developing our business with satellites that utilize solar power generation, a clean energy source, in space. We have positioned environmental responsiveness as a major business opportunity in the development of services in the fields of satellite communications, satellite imaging, and business intelligence. By providing these services, we will also contribute to environmental efforts by our customers.

Basic Environmental Policy

Recognizing that the global environment is facing a critical situation, we established our Basic Environmental Policy in April 2023 as a guideline for the SKY Perfect JSAT Group to fulfill our social responsibilities. In order to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable society, we reduced environmental load due to our corporate activities and clarified our stance of steadily and continually implementing initiatives and practices for environmental conservation.

Environmental Management System

We are implementing initiatives related to environmental management under the framework of promoting sustainability. We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and have established systems for achieving a sustainable future.

In particular, we are building a specialized system for measures against climate change. For detailed information, please see the “TCFD (Climate Change Response)” section. The section provides a detailed explanation of measures to address climate change and the progress of those measures.

Targets, KPI, and Results related to Environment

The SKY Perfect JSAT Group aims to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. We have switched to substantial renewable energy for the electricity used at our major business locations. As of March 31, 2023, the ratio of substantial renewable energy among electricity used by the SKY Perfect JSAT Group reached 93%.

Furthermore, we have set targets and KPIs for GHG emissions, total waste emissions, and the progress status of business development and progress degree of service development related to environmental contributions. We also publish results every fiscal year.

TCFD (Climate Change Response)

We have been supporting the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) since January 2023, and have been actively disclosing the systems and initiatives of the SKY Perfect JSAT Group since fiscal 2022. As of June 2023, we are using the TCFD as a basis for disclosing information on our commitment to steadily reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, our transition plan towards achieving carbon neutrality, and risks and opportunities related to climate change.

TCFD TCFD

Information disclosure based on TCFD recommendations

Supply Chain

By 2030, our goal is to spread green procurement principles to all our suppliers. As the first step in achieving this goal, we began green procurement for general procurement items such as stationery and consumables. Afterwards, we are continuing to consider the introduction of green procurement for business.

Green Procurement Policy

In April 2023, we established a Green Procurement Policy. When the SKY Perfect JSAT Group purchases goods, including services, we prioritize the purchase of environmentally-friendly goods that have less of an impact on the environment. We have clarified our stance of actively promoting and taking action to operate this procurement policy.

Contributing to Users

Through the satellites and services of the SKY Perfect JSAT Group, we are also focusing on helping users reduce CO2 emissions and contributing to the expanded use of substantial renewable energy.

Clean satellite communications

Satellite communication uses solar power generated in space and efficient power utilization which includes ground-based equipment to enable communication with one-third the power consumption* of ground-based communication lines (*according to research by the SKY Perfect JSAT Group). Furthermore, in order to achieve a decarbonized society, the SKY Perfect JSAT Group is converting energy used to substantial renewable energy at all of our bases, including the Satellite Control Center. By providing services that utilize these bases, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions by the SKY Perfect JSAT Group, we also aim to contribute to the sustainability of our customers.

Environmentally-friendly Solar Meilleur

Solar Meilleur uses IoT, AI, and meteorological satellite images to address important issues for expanding the use of solar power generation. Specifically, it provides “forecasts for solar radiation and solar power output, for five minutes later to three days later” and “monitoring for the current status of power plants.” For solar power generation, which fluctuates greatly due to changes in the weather and clouds, Solar Meilleur supports the full utilization of solar power and ensures a stable supply of electricity.

Improvement of Space Environment

Space Sustainability

As a company whose business field is space, the space environment is one of the environmental issues which requires action by the Group. By operating satellites based on our many years of experience and know-how, we extend the lifespan of satellites and reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions. Once a satellite reaches the end of its lifespan, we properly remove the satellite from orbit in accordance with international regulations.

In order to address the issue of space debris, we are working on the development and demonstration of new technologies such as active debris removal (ADR), space situational awareness (SSA), and geo stationary orbit optical monitors (GSOM). We will continue to strengthen our business promotion and partnerships to improve the space environment.

Space debris countermeasures using optical telescopes

In recent years, demand for space debris countermeasures has been increasing. In response, we are considering using an optical telescope mounted on a satellite to capture images of space debris in geostationary orbit. By assessing the space environment, we aim to contribute to space safety by preventing collisions between space debris and satellites.

Response to CDP

Since 2020, we have been responding to the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire for the CDP (Headquarters: London, UK), which is an international non-profit organization working on environmental issues. We have currently been awarded a “A-” score (as of February 2024).

Participation in External Initiatives

TCFD Consortium

TCFD Consortium

Since January 2023, the SKY Perfect JSAT Group has pledged its support for TCFD. Additionally, it has joined the TCFD Consortium established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Financial Services Agency on May 27, 2019, as a platform for discussion among companies and financial institutions endorsing TCFD. Through our participation in this consortium, we are committed to continuously disclosing the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to our business operations.

Response to CDP

The Japan Climate Change Initiative

The Japan Climate Change Initiative is a Japanese network for companies, local governments, non-profit organizations (NGOs), and other groups to share information and exchange ideas in order to strengthen efforts for combating climate change based on the Paris Agreement. SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation participated in the initiative and pledged its commitment to join the front line of global trend for decarbonization from Japan.

Data Related to Environment

This page contains data related to the environment as pertains to the business activities of the SKY Perfect JSAT Group. Details are given below.

Materiality Themes Related to Environment

As part of our sustainability management, the SKY Perfect JSAT Group is working on 9 materiality themes.

External Evaluation

  • FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index
  • S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index
  • Eruboshi
  • Kurumin
  • Telework Pioneer
  • Resilience Certification