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Response to Climate Change

Last Updated: 2024.05.14
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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.
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Policies Responding to Climate Change

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


Long-term goals

・Long-term targets for decarbonization
Fast Retailing commits to reducing absolute GHG emissions from its own operations such as stores and main offices by 90% by the fiscal year ending August 2030 from the fiscal year ending August 2019 base year; and absolute GHG emissions from raw materials, fabric and garment production* by 20% over the same time frame. We also commit to achieving 100% sourcing of renewable electricity by the fiscal year ending August 2030. These targets were approved by Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as science-based targets (SBTs), and are in line with the level of decarbonization required to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.
We will further extend our efforts to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
*UNIQLO and GU products

・Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
In January 2020, Fast Retailing 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, and specifies measures for the entire fashion industry to contribute to the realization of the goals.
Fast Retailing will further strengthen such measures as procurement of sustainable materials, reducing 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.

Fast Retailing Initiatives

Stores and offices

・Initiatives to reduce GHG emissions through energy saving at stores
We strive to reduce GHG emissions by promoting energy savings and reducing electricity usage at stores. As of February 2024, we have installed LED lighting in 810 out of 812 UNIQLO stores (99.8%) and all 434 GU stores (100.0%) in Japan . We are also moving to install LED lighting systems at UNIQLO stores globally. In addition, we will gradually switch to more energy efficient lighting in our stores, even those stores that already have LED lighting installed.

  • Currently, we are striving to achieve our emissions reduction target by the fiscal year ending August 2030 and further promoting energy efficiency by installing an air conditioning system that controls overtime use and automatically adjusts to a preset temperature. As of the fiscal year ending August 2023, UNIQLO has acquired Gold Level LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the Building Operations & Maintenance (O+M) category at eight main roadside stores in Japan. In addition to implementing measures such as adjusting lighting and air conditioning, we are developing new, highly energy-efficient roadside store format, starting from store-design stage. In April 2023, UNIQLO opened the UNIQLO Maebashi Minami IC Store with energy-saving features. Through the integration of various types of energy-saving lighting fixtures and other technologies, the UNIQLO Maebashi store is expected to use around 40% less electricity compared to conventional UNIQLO roadside stores*1. Energy generated from solar panels is also estimated to offset around 15% of the total power consumption (based on a calculation by UNIQLO). Together, these elements have earned the building accreditation including:

  • UNIQLO Maebashi Minami IC Store
  1. a)BELS*2 top five-star rating.*3
  2. b)Building Energy Index (BEI) value*3 of 0.33.
    (under the BELS evaluation index, this means that the store design has the potential for a 67% reduction in primary energy consumption)
  3. c)ZEB Ready*4 certification (building conforms to primary energy consumption reduction of 50% or higher from standard primary energy consumption, excluding renewable energy)


  1. *1Comparison assuming the same area for the UNIQLO Tomioka Store (opened in October 2018) in the same prefecture.
  2. *2The Building-Housing Energy-efficiency Labeling System (BELS) is a third-party certification based on guidelines from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).
  3. *3The BEI value (primary energy consumption standard) is calculated from primary energy consumption based on building energy consumption performance standards prescribed by the Japanese government. The BELS evaluation is the basis for ZEB (Net Zero Energy Building), and determines the ZEB certification level.
  4. *4ZEB Ready certification was received on March 17, 2023, based on guidelines from Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), as a "Building that aims to achieve net zero primary energy consumption throughout the year by limiting the energy load through advanced architectural design, proactive utilization of natural energy through the adoption of passive technologies (construction techniques that use natural energy to the greatest extent possible), and the introduction of high-efficiency equipment systems, to achieve significant energy savings while maintaining the quality of the indoor environment, while also enhancing energy independence as much as possible through the use of renewable energy."

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・Introducing renewable energy
Aiming at 100% sourcing of renewable electricity by the fiscal year ending August 2030, we have introduced renewable energy at stores and offices through initiatives such as an on-site installation* of solar power generation equipment, purchasing green electricity products provided by energy suppliers and renewable energy certificates. We have achieved 67.6% sourcing of renewable electricity as of the fiscal year ending August 2023.
*Sourcing through PPA (Power Purchase Agreement)

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Supply Chain Initiatives


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


Visualization of greenhouse
gas emissions


  • We are a member of the Smart Freight Centre (SFC), an international non-profit organization dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation, and we promote efforts to visualize and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our logistics, collaborating with the SFC and its member companies, as well as other organizations, and experts.

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.

Improving Truck Shipping

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

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
E-Commerce Shipping

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 carton size.

Production Partners

・Initiatives to reduce GHG emissions
Based on strong relationships with production partners, Fast Retailing is working to achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the supply chain leading up to fiscal year ending August 31, 2030. We use the Higg Index and other apparel industry indices to measure environmental impact, including greenhouse gas emissions, at our core garment factories and fabric mills, then work with each partner to reduce this impact. By November 2021, we defined specific conditions and issues across countries and regions, and at each of the core partner factories jointly accounting for 90% of UNIQLO and GU manufacturing. We then formulated plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to implement decarbonization, energy-efficiency, and renewable-energy initiatives. To ensure these plans are implemented, we work closely with our partner factories to check progress, and conduct a review every three months. To help our partners meet challenges, we provide tailored advice for each factory on suitable options for their circumstances, and introduce funding sources to help them implement plans.

For example, such consultive support has led to some fabric mills suppliers installing highly-efficient small boilers and other key equipment. In Bangladesh - a region where it remains difficult to procure renewable energy - we worked directly with renewable energy providers to ensure our partner factories could procure renewable energy certificates on a priority basis.

Promoting GHG emission reductions in the sourcing of raw materials

From our product-planning stage, we encourage the use of raw materials that were produced with lower GHG emissions. Specifically, we aim to increase the proportion of recycled materials and materials with low greenhouse gas emissions to approximately 50% by the fiscal year ending August 2030 and are starting to switch to use them. For example, we have introduced DRY-EX and Fluffy Fleece items of clothing that incorporate recycled polyester fibers, and waist bags using recycled nylon. We are expanding the introduction of materials that place a lower burden on the environment, starting with synthetic fibers such as rayon and nylon.

GHG Emissions

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

Fast Retailing (stores and offices)

Units: t-CO2e; Scope: Fast Retailing

Scope Items Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022 Fiscal 2023
Scope 1
(Fast Retailing Direct Emissions)
Gas 12,295 13,026 10,029 9,738 9,558
Scope 2
(Fast Retailing Indirect Emissions)
Electricity Location Based*1 308,691 298,205 291,190 286,113 297,180
Market Based*2 298,566 279,281 275,419 159,047 85,502
Compared to Fiscal 2019 baseline (reduction rate of Scope 1 and market-based Scope 2 emissions) - -6.0% -8.2% -45.7% -69.4%

*1 Location Based: A method of calculation using the average GHG 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 GHGs emitted according to the amount of electricity used.
*2 Market Based: A method of calculation using the GHG emission coefficient for each electric company to calculate the quantity of GHG 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. The figures here include location-based emissions for some part of operations.

Supply chain and others

Units: t-CO2e; Scope: Fast Retailing

Scope 3 Categories Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022 Fiscal 2023
1. Purchased goods and services 4,694,117 4,373,497 4,161,926 4,243,676 3,977,760
Raw materials, fabric and garment production for UNIQLO and GU products (fiscal 2030 target boundary) 4,165,738 3,944,349 3,883,960 3,906,500 3,749,320
Compared to Fiscal 2019 - -5.3% -6.8% -6.2% -10.0%
2. Capital goods (not relevant) - - - - -
3. Fuel and energy related activities 43,836 41,613 42,546 24,815 15,536
4. Upstream transportation and distribution 355,654 379,042 378,114 552,711 503,393
5. Waste generated in operations 120,006 109,636 107,578 83,335* 97,879
6. Business travel 6,655 7,139 7,060 14,822* 14,891
7. Employee commuting 61,120 65,314 56,402 54,554 54,809
8. Upstream leased assets (included in Scope 1 and 2) - - - - -
9. Downstream transportation and distribution - - - - -
10. Processing of sold products (not relevant) - - - - -
11. Use of sold products (not relevant) - - - - -
12. End-of-life treatment of sold products 438,926 463,751 429,219 764,228* 750,291
13. Downstream leased assets (not relevant) - - - - -
14. Franchises 10,086 5,655 3,405 2,731 1,391
15. Investments (not relevant) - - - - -

* Changed emission factors used or boundaries of activity data

Third-party verification of GHG emissions

The data on GHG 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*1, and Scope 3*2, which is the indirect emissions from the value chain.
*1 The verification scope up to the fiscal year ending August 2020 is for main offices and UNIQLO and GU stores in Japan. From the fiscal year ending August 2021, the scope covers global operations of Fast Retailing.
*2 The verification scope up to the fiscal year ending August 2021 is for Category 1 purchased goods and services: raw material production, fabric production and sewing for UNIQLO and GU products. From the fiscal year ending August 2022, the scope covers all categories of Scope 3 emissions of Fast Retailing.

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