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.

1. Overview

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
Interest rate 0.270%
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
  • Iwate Prefectural Credit Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
  • The Kita Osaka Shinkin Bank
  • Kiryu Shinkin Bank
  • Kuwanamie Shinkin Bank
  • The 77 Bank, Ltd.
  • The Johnan Shinkin Bank
  • The Sugamo Shinkin Bank
  • Takanabe Shinkin Bank
  • Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd.
  • Nasu Shinkumi Bank
  • Nishi-Chugoku Shinkin Bank
  • Hanno Shinkin Bank
  • Hiratsuka SHINKIN BANK
  • The Hiroshimaken Credit Cooperative
  • The Fukushima Shinkin Bank
  • Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Hokkaido Shinkin Bank
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd.
  • Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Company Ltd.
  • Ryobi Shinyo Kumiai

4. Reporting

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 power grid (Aqua Premium plan from TEPCO) with the aim of achieving a carbon-free building with zero CO2 emissions.

Environment Impact Evaluation

Items FY2020
Annual energy consumption (MWh) 639
of which, renewable energy (MWh) 579
Breakdown Solar power generation (MWh) 165
Biomass gasification power generation (MWh) 228
Green power grid
(Aqua Premium plan from TEPCO)
(MWh) 185
CO2 emissions (t-CO2) 27
Reduction in CO2emissions* (t-CO2) 781
  • *Reference value: Actual emissions of R&D Laboratory before relocation 807.4 t-CO2/year

ZEB Achievements

Area FY2020 Energy Consumption
against Reference*
Energy Supply
against Reference*
Office buildings ZEB 0.45 0.56
Overall site Nearly ZEB 0.16 0.10
  • *Reference value: Office buildings 1,389 MJ/(m2/year), overall site 3,150 MJ/(m2/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-Wellness Office 2020 (v1.0): S rank

We plan to undergo third-party review in the future by JCR concerning the accuracy of the above reporting.