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Our Thinking Concerning the Environment

Relevant GRI Standards: 102-16/103-2

Identifying the Priority Environmental Issues of NTT Group

When identifying NTT Group's CSR Priority Activities, we carried out a detailed materiality analysis of environmental issues. Consequently, climate change and ecosystems have been identified as important environmental issues in society. Climate change, energy (electricity) and resources have been identified as important environmental issues to NTT Group's business activities. We are contributing to solving important environmental issues in society through all our activities, such as by providing ICT services and developing groundbreaking technologies and activities undertaken by our employees. Based on this perspective, we have identified using ICT to contribute to the environment, reducing the environmental impact of business operations, and effectively using resources as NTT Group's CSR Priority Activities.

We will work to reduce our own environmental impact with regard to the environmental issues of significant importance to NTT Group's business activities.

NTT Group Global Environmental Charter

The NTT Group established the NTT Group Global Environmental Charter under the NTT Group CSR Charter, which lays out the basic policy of our CSR activities. The NTT Group Global Environmental Charter expresses the basic principles and policies on protecting the global environment.

We based "The NTT Group Environmental Statement" and "The Eco Strategy 2030" upon the foundations of these basic principles and policies.

NTT Group Global Environmental Charter

Basic principle

To ensure the harmonious co-existence of people with nature and to achieve sustainable growth, we will do our utmost to protect the global environment in all our corporate activities.

Basic policies

  1. Compliance with laws and regulations and fulfillment of social responsibilities
  2. Reducing environmental loads
  3. Establishing and maintaining environmental management systems
  4. Developing environmental technologies
  5. Social contribution efforts
  6. Disclosure of environmental information
  7. Conservation of biodiversity

The NTT Group Environmental Statement

The NTT Group has formulated The NTT Group Environmental Statement to serve as a framework for our environmental activities. In the statement, we have expressed the future of our planet that stakeholders and the NTT Group are creating and the kind of enterprise we would like to be in that future.

In the future of "People & Planet in Harmony," a sustainable society has been realized and everything in the world is connected and communicating. To realize that future, the NTT Group will engage in environmental activities with the aim of becoming a member of eco-friendly corporations in the world.

We envision three futures in which people are living in harmony with the planet. While focused on realizing those futures, we will continue to develop our core competencies: developing and providing the most advanced ICT services and technologies.

*Adaptation: A response to the effects of climate change defined as "an action that moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities" according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Adaptation is positioned as an action that complements the effects of mitigation, such as reducing CO2 emissions.

Environment and Energy Vision

We formulated the Environment and Energy Vision in May 2020 to promote ESG management, one of the pillars of our medium-term management strategy, "Your Value Partner 2025." The vision consists of four core initiatives: promoting renewable energy, reducing environmental impact on society through ICT technologies, developing innovative environment and energy technologies, and realizing extremely low power consumption. We will help reduce environmental impact for customers, companies, and society at large by pursuing business activities toward reducing that impact through our R&D for generating breakthrough innovations.

Under the vision, we are also working to achieve our goal of zero environmental impact, not only in terms of reducing waste but also with regard to climate change, by incorporating the circular economy concept toward realizing a society that can enable sustainability of both business and the environment.

  • Promotion of renewable energy
    We will actively incorporate renewable energy to meet our need for electricity, the major source of the NTT Group's greenhouse gas emissions. We have declared our quantitative goal of increasing the proportion of renewable energy use by the NTT Group as a whole by 30% or more by fiscal 2031. To achieve this goal, the NTT Group will develop renewable energy sources and promote a shift to renewable energy at its domestic office buildings, telecommunications buildings, data centers and research laboratories. As a concrete goal for reducing the environmental impact of our business activities through the promotion of renewable energy, NTT began participating in the SBT*1 international climate change initiative in May 2020 and declared its support for the TCFD*2.
  • Reduction of societal environmental load through ICT technologies
    We believe that ICT will play an instrumental role in reducing the environmental load of society at large. For example, teleworking, digitization of the value chain, and computerization are all expected to limit energy usage throughout society. We will reinforce our efforts to reduce the environmental load of society by applying ICT. We will also pursue initiatives for creating a closed loop society, such as by reducing the use of plastics and promoting recycling.
  • Development of innovative environment and energy technologies
    We will address climate change and other environmental issues by developing innovative technologies in addition to promoting a shift to renewable energy use in our operations. In July 2020, we established the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories for regenerating the global environment and realizing a sustainable and inclusive society. We will create technologies that will drive innovation in the field of smart energy, including next-generation energy, and for the future of the global environment. We also became the first private company in Japan to conclude a Long-Term Non-Commercial Cooperation Agreement with the International Fusion Energy Organization (IFER). We will work to successfully develop nuclear fusion reactors that hold significant promise as a future source of energy by offering support through IOWN's ultra-low-latency, high-speed, large-capacity data transmission and simulations based on digital twin computing.
  • Realization of extremely low power consumption (IOWN initiatives)
    We will pursue efforts to realize the IOWN initiatives announced in May 2019, which are expected to vastly reduce the power consumption of computers and networks by applying optical technologies. As part of this drive, we concluded a three-year joint research agreement with Intel Corporation, our partner in the IOWN Global Forum. Together, we will create IOWN technology as the communications infrastructure of the future that will break through current technological limits in areas such as significantly reducing electricity consumption. We will harness the NTT Group's industry-leading technologies in photonics, digital signal processing (DSP), computing and network infrastructure management with Intel's abundant technological portfolio, support systems, and expert knowledge in hardware and software to develop technologies for processing the explosive rise in data volume, which is necessary for realizing a smart, connected world.

*1Science Based Targets: Greenhouse gas reduction targets set by companies to be attained in five to fifteen years that are consistent with levels required by the Paris Agreement, of constraining the increase in global temperatures at well below 2℃ (WB2℃) or below 1.5℃ from before the industrial revolution.

*2Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures established by the Financial Stability Board in response to a request from the G20 countries as a framework for corporate information disclosure on climate change initiatives.

The Eco Strategy 2030

As a result of our materiality analysis, we have identified the NTT Group's key environmental issues to be climate change, energy (electricity), resources, and ecosystems. Related to these important issues, we have set "The Eco Strategy 2030" as the targets of the environmental activities of fiscal 2030.

*Zero emissions: The NTT Group considers a final disposal rate of 1% or less to satisfy zero emissions conditions.

Information Disclosure in Response to TCFD Recommendations

We declared our support for the TCFD in May 2020 as part of our effort to promote ESG management, one of the pillars of our medium-term management strategy. We will be disclosing information related to climate change according to the TCFD recommendations.

Content and Location of Information Disclosed in Line with TCFD Recommendations

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Outline of TCFD Recommendations Location of Information in the data book
Governance: Disclose the organization's governance around climate-related risks and opportunities
a Board-level oversight of climate-related risks and opportunities pages 010, 035, 041, 105
b Role of senior executives in assessing and managing climate-related risks and opportunities pages 035, 041
Strategy: Disclose the actual and potential impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities on the organization's businesses, strategy, and financial planning where such information is financially material
a Short-, medium-, and long-term climate-related risks and opportunities identified by the organization pages 031, 041−044
b Impact of climate-related risks and opportunities on the organization's operations, strategies, and financial plans pages 031, 041−044
c Resilience of the organization's strategy, taking into consideration different climate-related scenarios, including a 2℃ or lower scenario pages 031, 041−044
Risk Management: Disclose how the organization identifies, assesses, and manages climate-related risks
a Process adopted by the organization to identify and assess climate-related risks pages 035, 039, 041
b Process adopted by the organization to manage climate-related risks pages 035, 039, 041
c How the process for identifying, assessing and managing climate-related risks is integrated into the organization's overall risk management pages 041, 103
Metrics and Targets: Disclose the metrics and targets used to assess and manage relevant climate-related risks and opportunities where such information is material
a Metrics used by the organization for assessing climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the organization's own strategy and risk management process pages 030, 034
b Scope 1, Scope 2, and, if appropriate, Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the related risks pages 040−041, 049−050
c Targets used by the organization to manage climate-related risks and opportunities, and performance against targets pages 030, 034, 040