Takasago Thermal Green Bonds
With "Contributing to a decarbonized society for the world through environmental engineering" as the future to which we aspire as a group, our company engages in business activities to make this a reality. To serve as a medium- to long-term guide toward that end, in fiscal 2014 we launched our long-term management philosophy "GReeN PR!DE 100." Setting "A corporate group that meets customers' expectations to continually earn their trust and confidence," "An environmental company with a recognized presence in global markets," and "A company of environmental solutions professionals who contribute to the global environment" as our long-term vision, we are putting forth our best efforts.
We have decided to issue Green Bonds under the determination that their issuance and effective use will positively contribute to achieving a sustainable society by activating further open innovation as well as creation and evolution of the environmental improvement technology by which our group aims for net zero energy, and that the issuance thus aligns with our medium- to long-term direction.
|Name||Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd. third round of unsecured bonds (limited inter-bond pari passu rider) (Takasago Thermal Green Bonds)|
|Issue limit||7-year bonds|
|Amount of issue||5.0 billion yen|
|Date of determination of terms||July 9, 2019|
|Date of issue||July 16, 2019|
|Redemption date||July 16, 2026|
|Use of proceeds||
The proceeds are scheduled for allocation to construction funds and equipment funds for a new technology laboratory (tentative name: Innovation Center) under construction in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki Prefecture
|Acquired rating||A- (Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. (JCR))|
2. Third-party evaluation of eligibility
As a third-party evaluation, the bonds have received an evaluation by JCR of Green1, the highest level of JCR green bond evaluations. This recognizes that the bond issuance meets the standards of the Green Bond Principles 2018 established by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Green Bond Guidelines 2017 of the Ministry of the Environment.
The contribution of the bond issuance to the following goals and targets of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) is also evaluated in the JCR evaluation.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Target 7.3: By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Target 9.4: By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Target 11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality, municipal and other waste management.
3. Declarations of investment in the Green Bonds
Investors who have made declarations of investment in the bonds are as follows. (In Japanese phonetic order; list is as of July 16, 2019)
- Ichii Shinkin Bank
- IBARAKI SHINREN
- Iwate Prefectural Credit Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
- THE KAGAWA BANK
- The Kita Osaka Shinkin Bank
- KITAMI SHINKIN BANK
- Kiryu Shinkin Bank
- Kuwanamie Shinkin Bank
- The 77 Bank, Ltd.
- The Johnan Shinkin Bank
- The Sugamo Shinkin Bank
- SUWA SHINKIN BANK
- THE DAIDO FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED
- TAIYO LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
- Takanabe Shinkin Bank
- The TAKAMATSU SHINKIN BANK
- Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd.
- Nasu Shinkumi Bank
- Nishi-Chugoku Shinkin Bank
- NIHON DENGI CO.,LTD.
- HAMAMATSU IWATA SHINKIN BANK
- Hanno Shinkin Bank
- Hiratsuka SHINKIN BANK
- The Hiroshimaken Credit Cooperative
- The Fukushima Shinkin Bank
- Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
- Hokkaido Shinkin Bank
- MATSUMOTO SHINKIN BANK
- THE MISHIMA SHINKIN BANK
- Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd.
- MINAMI NIPPON BANK
- Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Company Ltd.
- Ryobi Shinyo Kumiai
Allocation of funds
The 5.0 billion yen of procured funds from Takasago Thermal Green Bonds has as of the end of March 2020 all been allocated as funding for construction and facilities of our new R&D base, the "Takasago Thermal Engineering Innovation Center."
The Takasago Thermal Engineering Innovation Center was completed at the end of January 2020, and opened for operations in March.
In the event of any significant change in conditions in the future, an outline of the funded eligible projects, the amounts allocated to the projects, and the unallocated amount will be disclosed on our website.
Environmental improvement effects
Completed at the end of January 2020 and opening for operation in March, the Takasago Thermal Enginnering Innovation Center adopts a range of energy-saving methods as well as solar and biomass power generation as renewable energy sources, with any additional power sourced from the green electricity power grid (Aqua Premium plan from TEPCO) with the aim of achieving a carbon-free building with zero CO2 emissions, as compared with the CO2 emissions of standard buildings of 1,115 ton-CO2/year.
The results of the environmental improvement effects at the Takasago Thermal Engineering Innovation Center will be disclosed on our website next fiscal year.
(Acquired environmental certifications)
CASBEE for New Construction (2016 Edition): S rank (self assessment)
BELS: 5 star (91% reduction of design primary energy consumption), Nearly ZEB
LEED V4 BD+C（NC）: Gold
CASBEE-WO 2020 (V1.0): S rank
We plan to undergo third-party review in the future by JCR concerning the accuracy of the above reporting.