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Response to Climate Change

Last Updated: 2020.01.31
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Honoring the goals set in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change for the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions by 2050, Fast Retailing is continuing efforts to reduce the release of greenhouse gases by our stores, throughout the supply chain, and in the use of our products.

Policies Responding to Climate Change

To mitigate our impact on climate change and biodiversity, Fast Retailing identifies and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases across all business activities, from product manufacturing to product disposal. To further these initiatives, we acknowledge the greenhouse gas emission long-range targets set under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Paris Agreement) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Fast Retailing has set targets and engages in measures to achieve these goals.


Long-term goals

The Paris Agreement, the multi-national agreement to combat climate change, was adopted in COP 21 held in 2015. Its central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to further pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In January 2020, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, sponsored by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This charter supports the goals of the Paris Agreement in limiting global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and specifies measures for the entire fashion industry to help achieve a target of a 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction by 2030, including the supply chain. Fast Retailing will further strengthen such measures as procurement of sustainable materials, reducing the environmental impact in the manufacturing process, and promoting dialogue with consumers to raise awareness, as well as accelerating cooperation within the industry to reduce GHG emissions.

Committed to setting SBT (Science-Based Targets)

In February 2019, Fast Retailing committed to setting science-based targets that are in line with the level of decarbonization required to achieve the Paris Agreement target.

Internal Targets

・Reduce energy consumption at our stores and offices
We are improving operations and introducing new technologies at stores and offices throughout the world to reduce Fast Retailing Group greenhouse gas emissions. We have also changed the way we operate our stores, furthering our goal to reduce energy consumption.
We aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at UNIQLO stores in Japan by 10% per unit of floor area by the year 2020, as compared to 2013 emissions. As of 2019, we have already achieved a nearly 31.6%* reduction. We have also started developing stores that make use of renewable energy.
In February 2019, Fast Retailing committed to setting SBTs and will work to establish long-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
*Since fiscal 2019, franchise stores are excluded from Scope 1 and 2 based on the GHG Protocol.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions at UNIQLO Stores in Japan

・Promoting greenhouse gas emission reductions in the sourcing of raw materials
From the product planning stage Fast Retailing encourages the use of raw materials produced with lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal here is to achieve lower greenhouse gas emissions associated with our products. We are implementing a systematic changeover to materials that potentially reduce greenhouse gases.

Supply Chain

・Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain
Fast Retailing assesses emissions of greenhouse gases at partner factories and logistics partners, working with them to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
Our core fabric mills set targets and pursue programs to reduce the amount of energy used in the manufacturing process (goal is to reduce energy consumption by 10% of the 2016 levels by the end 2020 - the effort spanning three years from 2018 to 2020). We are working with our distribution partners to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases through consolidated shipments and improve loading efficiencies.
In February 2019, Fast Retailing committed to setting SBTs and will work to establish long-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including both direct operations and supply chain in the scope.


・Reducing greenhouse gases through functional apparel
Fast Retailing considers the possibilities of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through apparel with functional characteristics. For example, HEATTECH functional innerwear is a high selling item by UNIQLO. We count on HEATTECH technology to provide greater warmth, thus potentially reducing the amount of energy needed for heating.
We also encourage reuse and recycling. For example, we conduct activities to recycle all UNIQLO and GU products. Here, we donate collected clothes to refugees, displaced peoples, and disaster victims.

Fast Retailing Initiatives


・Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by installing LED lighting
In 2014, we began saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by installing LED lighting at UNIQLO stores throughout Japan. As of August 2019, 753 of the 817 UNIQLO stores in Japan (92.2 percent) have LED lighting installed. We are also moving to install LED lighting systems at GU stores in Japan and UNIQLO stores internationally. Going forward, we plan to achieve further reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by installing energy management systems (EMS).

The LED signage at a roadside store

LED lighting at UNIQLO Ginza Store

・Using renewable energy at UNIQLO SHENZHEN Wanxiang Tiandi Store
The UNIQLO SHENZHEN Wanxiang Tiandi Store in China opened in March 2018. This store uses 860 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof to generate approximately 200,000 kWh of electric power per year. These panels contribute to a part of the store's power usage.

The UNIQLO SHENZHEN Wanxiang Tiandi Store with rooftop photovoltaic panels

The UNIQLO SHENZHEN Wanxiang Tiandi Store with rooftop photovoltaic panels

Supply Chain Initiatives


・Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through greater transportation efficiency
Fast Retailing pursues a number of initiatives designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through more efficient logistics.


Buyer Consolidation


  • By consolidating goods shipped from UNIQLO and GU factories having similar delivery dates, we reduce our global shipping volume by nearly 10,000 containers annually.

Container Round Use

UNIQLO in Japan

  • Container Round Use (CRU) consists of unloading a container used for import and loading it with items for export, instead of returning the container to the port empty. By reducing the number of empty containers in transit, it becomes possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate congestion at ports. UNIQLO is promoting CRU initiatives, such as using the same container to import products and export store materials.

Improving Truck Shipping Efficiency

UNIQLO and GU in Japan

  • In March 2016, we began improving truck shipping efficiency by expanding the hours when goods can be delivered to stores and by using the same truck to deliver goods to UNIQLO and GU stores located in close proximity.

Initiatives to Improve Loading Efficiency

UNIQLO and GU in Japan

  • For UNIQLO and GU, we set minimum orders per item for each store to prevent inefficient small shipments from warehouses to stores.
  • In September 2017, we reduced the number of cardboard box sizes used at UNIQLO to improve loading efficiency. This overcame the inefficiencies of shipping boxes in a wide range of sizes.
  • During slower periods, we improve loading efficiency by further consolidating deliveries.

Initiatives to Improve E-Commerce Shipping Efficiency

UNIQLO in Japan

  • We improve shipping efficiency at the Ariake warehouse (e-commerce sales) using systems that adjust the height of the carton automatically according to the quantity of products the carton contains to minimize the careon size.

Fabric mills

・Reducing Environment Impacts
Producing fabrics uses a great deal of water and energy. These processes represent a significant environment impact. To reduce environmental impact throughout the supply chain, Fast Retailing uses the Higg Index and other apparel industry indices at our partner fabric mill. We assess environmental impacts and implement programs to conserve water and energy.

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions During Product Use

Nearly 1 billion HEATTECH garments have been sold worldwide

Since being introduced in 2003, UNIQLO has sold 1 billion units of HEATTECH innerwear (as of FY2017).Functional innerwear is a favorite among our customers. By wearing HEATTECH, customers could potentially lower their room temperatures due to the insulating nature of the product. This can translate into reduced energy usage and lower emissions of greenhouse gases. In surveys of HEATTECH users, many reported lower heating bills.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fast Retailing calculates its greenhouse gas emissions according to the GHG Protocol, the standard guidelines used worldwide.

Third-party verification of greenhouse gas emissions

The data on greenhouse gas emissions has been verified by SGS Japan Co., Ltd. The verification scope covers Scope 1* and Scope 2* in the GHG Protocol, which is the emissions derived from energy use in our company's direct operations, and Category 1 of Scope 3, which is the emissions from the supply chain (purchased goods and services: raw material production, fabric production and sewing).
*The verification scope is for direct operations in Japan only.

Fast Retailing

Units: t-CO2e

Scope Items 2016
(September 2015 to August 2016)
(September 2016 to August 2017)
(September 2017 to August 2018)
(September 2018 to August 2019)
Scope 1
(Fast Retailing Direct Emissions)
Gas (Stores) 11,436 13,169 12,377 11,182
Gas (Head Office) 38 40 42 36
Scope 1 TOTAL 11,474 13,209 12,419 11,218
Scope 2
(Fast Retailing Indirect Emissions)
Location Base*1 123,932 159,913 130,883 108,231
Market Base*2 111,714 140,671 127,784 103,237
(Head Office)
Location Base*1 2,466 6,158 6,974 9,083
Market Base*2 - - 6,937 8,655
Scope 2
Location Base*1 126,398 166,071 137,857 117,314
Market Base*2 114,180*3 146,829*3 134,721 111,892
Scope of Data Collection
  • Head Office: Yamaguchi Headquarters and Roppongi Head Office
  • Stores: UNIQLO in Japan
  • Head Office: Yamaguchi Headquarters, Roppongi Head Office, and Ariake Head Office
  • Stores: UNIQLO and GU in Japan
  • Head Office: Yamaguchi Headquarters, Roppongi Head Office, and Ariake Head Office
  • Stores: UNIQLO and GU in Japan
  • Head Office: Yamaguchi Headquarters, Roppongi Head Office, and Ariake Head Office
  • Stores: UNIQLO and GU in Japan

*1 Location Based: A method of calculation using the average greenhouse gas emission coefficient of the region's electricity grid, regardless of the source of power purchased from the electric company. This calculation method estimates the amount of greenhouse gases emitted according to the amount of electricity used.
*2 Market Based: A method of calculation using the greenhouse gas emission coefficient for each electric company to calculate the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions taking into account the power sources purchased by Fast Retailing. In case that no information on the power supplier can be obtained from the building owner company, the emission intensity of the retail electricity supplier in that region is applied.
*3 Emissions from the headquarter offices are location-based.

Supply chain

・Purchased Goods and Services (Category 1 in Scope 3)

Units: t-CO2e

Items 2017
(January to December 2017)
(January to December 2018)
Raw materials production, fabric production and sewing *4 3,101,016 4,187,302
Scope UNIQLO and GU production UNIQLO and GU production

*4 Emissions from raw material production to sewing are calculated by multiplying material usage data and energy usage of sewing factories by coefficients.

Reference: total greenhouse gas emissions from UNIQLO's core fabric mills
As part of UNIQLO Responsible Mill Program, Fast Retailing has calculated the environmental impacts of UNIQLO's core fabric mills through the Higg Index environmental module developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. As the program is aiming to calculate each factory's entire environmental impact, the data covers total emissions without taking into account UNIQLO's share of their production.

Units: t-CO2e

UNIQLO's core fabric mills 2015
(January to December 2015)
(January to December 2016)
(January to December 2017)
(January to December 2018)
4,634,077 4,388,219 4,359,121 10,953,938

* The figure in 2018 has increased as we have expanded the scope data.

・Upstream Transportation and Distribution (Category 4 in Scope 3)

Units: t-CO2e

Logistics (UNIQLO in Japan) 2016
(April 2015 to March 2016)
(April 2016 to March 2017)
(April 2017 to March 2018)
(April 2018 to March 2019)
17,707 17,947 19,481 19,467

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