Creation of a Society That Reuses and Recycles
ORIX provides an array of services to help create a society that emphasizes the extended use of things of value and a society that recycles, reuses resources, and effectively uses natural resources to reduce the generation of waste and environmental loading.
We promote the reuse of vehicles and equipment, provision of products and services with high environmental performance, sharing, recycling of waste materials and proper disposal / recycling of waste.
Vehicle and Equipment Reuse
Used vehicle leasing and sales, vehicle purchasing and sales agency
ORIX Auto provides comprehensive automobile services including automobile leasing, automobile rental, car sharing, and vehicle management services. It had 1.44 million vehicles under management as of March 31, 2020, among the largest in Japan. We also leverage our vehicle expertise in businesses that make use of used vehicles. We operate our own auctions to distribute used vehicles and recycle used vehicles for parts.
In addition to used vehicles that we had offered through our leasing and rental car businesses, we distribute vehicles purchased from corporate and individual customers, and used vehicles from our sales agency service for corporate customers. Used vehicles from our leasing and rental businesses are of particularly good quality because we regularly maintain and inspect them.
We rigorously and comprehensively inspect used vehicles. We only offer those that meet our standards for sale or lease at retail outlets. We hold auctions at our own sites nationwide for the remaining used vehicles to sell them to other companies. We disassemble vehicles that we cannot resell and recycle them for parts.
Inspection and standards
Used car sales: We sell ORIX Certified Used Cars that meet ORIX Auto’s own criteria. Our inspections are carried out on all vehicles by AIS Inc. whose quality assessment is quite reliable. We issue certificates with evaluation scores for each vehicle. Based on the standards established by the Nippon Auto Auction Association (NAK), we select and sell only those with no repair histories.
Secondhand car lease: Rigorous vehicle inspections are carried out by third party institutions to check ORIX’s criteria such as year of manufacture, mileage, repair history and exterior and interior condition, to ensure we select and provide only vehicles that meet our standards.
Transportation of used vehicles is entrusted to multiple land transportation companies. We regularly hold meetings about transport safety with each company.
For vehicles without resale value, we recycle them as parts and raw material through our partners around the country.
Purchase / sales agency service (entry to auctions)
We provide the following services so that customers can sell with confidence after eliminating compliance risk.
Purchase: removing the company's signboard from car bodies, submitting various certificates etc.
Selling service for outsourcing: arranging transportation of vehicles, removing the company’s signboard from car bodies, paperwork, etc.
In addition to 4 bidding venues and 5 satellite venues, we use external bidding venues. We utilize our own bidding venues and external auction sites distributed across the country to reduce the transportation distance of vehicles and thereby reduce CO2 emission.
Only corporate members who have been evaluated by ORIX Auto can participate in bidding at the venue. Members are exporters, domestic retailers, and wholesale distributors. Members can both bid and sell.
Used equipment sales
ORIX Rentec offers rental services for high-tech equipment such as electronic measuring instruments, scientific and environmental analysis equipment, and IT equipment. Its rental lineup included 2.0 million units in 32,000 categories as of March 31, 2020.
If any equipment such as personal computers, servers, test and measurement instruments, and analysis equipment are made available by the expiration or cancellation of lease contracts, ORIX Rentec rigorously inspects the quality of the equipment. Upon satisfaction that the equipment is of the same level of operation and precision as the equipment in ORIX Rentec leased equipment lineup, the equipment is sold at discounted prices either directly to corporate and individual customers or indirectly through periodic auctions to used equipment companies or online sales.
ORIX Rentec also offers purchasing services for customer assets such as instruments, machinery and equipment. Leveraging its rental business pricing and purchasing expertise, ORIX Rentec helps customers reduce the trouble and costs of disposing of equipment rendered unnecessary by replacement, facility renewal, or plant consolidation or relocation.
Reusable equipment is sold to equipment dealers and unsaleable equipment is disposed of by sister company ORIX Eco Services, which handles recycling and appropriate disposal of such equipment.
Providing Products and Services with Outstanding Environmental Performance
Introduction of electric and hybrid vehicles in our car rental and car sharing businesses
ORIX Auto promotes the development of a sharing economy through the operation of car rental and car sharing businesses at approximately 3,000 locations nationwide. Of the approximately 75,000 vehicles under its management, approximately 11,000 are electric or hybrid vehicles (as of March 31, 2020), providing customers with vehicles that offer superior environmental performance.
In 2019, ORIX Auto started renting out fuel cell vehicles (FCV) as a joint project with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Rental and car sharing of FCV is a “ZEV (zero emission vehicle) introduction promotion project for car rental / car sharing” promoted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Environment Bureau. ORIX Auto will contribute to environmental measures in Tokyo, and will explore building a new business model that utilizes next-generation vehicles.
In ORIX Auto’s “e-Telematics” service, an onboard device with communication and GPS functions, is installed in customer vehicles to visualize their operating status. The onboard device collects information in real time on driver behavior, including driving speed and rapid acceleration or deceleration as well as data such as fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The service then analyzes this driving data to reduce the environmental load from vehicle use.
Specifically, an email is set to a designated recipient upon the occurrence of unsafe driving behavior, such as excessive speed or rapid acceleration or deceleration. Drivers will therefore want to drive more carefully to avoid receiving such emails, leading to safe, environmentally sound driving that reduces fuel costs, improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions.
Number of vehicles with e-Telematics and e-Telematics PRO: 159,000 (as of the end of March 2020)
Automobile maintenance services
ORIX Auto offers maintenance lease service packages covering most of the administrative work related to vehicles, such as vehicle procurement, periodic check-ups, mandatory vehicle inspections, payment of various taxes, and accident assistance.
ORIX Auto helps to reduce the environmental impact of customer vehicles by improving fuel economy and reducing exhaust gas during the inspection process, such as by changing or replenishing the oil, checking tire pressure, and replacing worn or deteriorated parts. ORIX Auto also conserves resources by promoting the use of recycled parts when replacing parts during repairs.
ORIX Auto established ORIX Maintenance Club in 1984 and the major garages to which maintenance is outsourced to have joined. As of March 31, 2020, maintenance was outsourced to approximately 8,944 garages. Other supporting members of the ORIX Maintenance Club include tire and battery manufacturers, property and casualty insurance companies, and oil and parts manufacturers. The club holds a national convention once a year and regional conventions twice a year to share information, and also holds workshops to improve the level of maintenance technology and service. ORIX Auto periodically conducts surveys on the operations of maintenance contractors to confirm that they are providing maintenance necessary for safe driving without providing excessive maintenance.
ORIX Auto supplies garages with rebuilt components for some parts used for vehicle maintenance and repair. Rebuilt components are produced by disassembling and cleaning used components and refurbishing worn and deteriorated parts for reuse and help reduce CO2 emissions generated in the process of manufacturing new parts. ORIX Auto maintains rigorous inspection standards for finished products so that they are equivalent to new products in performance. ORIX Auto has relationships with numerous suppliers of rebuilt parts to ensure the availability of high-quality parts when needed. Supplies are subjected to annual quality checks, and ORIX Auto does business only with highly reliable suppliers.
Finally, each garage recycles waste parts from vehicle maintenance and repair through recycling contractors.
ORIX Group has accumulated expertise on various aspects of the shipping industry, ranging from shipping finance, management and operation of owned vessels, the sale and purchase of vessels, and the brokerage of vessel sale and purchase transactions.
As of March 2020, we have 19 bulkers and seven more will be delivered in the next year. All vessels that are currently owned and all ships currently planned to be added to our fleet are built at a Japanese shipyard, which is fuel-efficient and produces high quality products.
ORIX Group generally installs on its vessels under construction ballast water treatment equipment which reduces the environmental impact of ballast water. Ballast water is water that is loaded as a weight for the purpose of stabilizing an empty ship. Since this water is loaded at the port where the vessel unloads its cargo and then discharged at the port when its next cargo is loaded, its impact on the marine ecosystem is raising concerns because invasive/alien species from the unloading port are brought in to the loading port with the ballast water. For this reason, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted and put into effect the "Ballast Water Management Convention," which stipulates appropriate treatment of ballast water. Non-coastal international marine vessels to which the convention applies must have ballast water treatment equipment on board.
In terms of ballast water treatment, we are working on conservation of marine environments by installing filtration equipment and using UV radiation to kill aquatic organisms, methods which are widely regarded as having the greatest reduction on environmental impact.
Further, ORIX Group engages in initiatives that contribute both to improvements in fuel efficiency and to reductions in environmental impact； for example, our ships use low-friction paint on ship bottoms, electronically controlled main engines in place of mechanically-controlled engines, additions that improve the propulsion efficiency of our propellers, and on-board trash compactors.
Real estate development business
ORIX's real estate business segment develops real estate properties and offers buildings with high environmental performance. The buildings and logistic facilities that ORIX has developed have earned high praise for environmental performance and acquired certifications such as LEED*1 and CASBEE*2.
Completed in September 2016, the ORIX Ueno 1-chome Building is conveniently located near six different train stations with access to six different train lines all within a walking distance of six minutes. In addition to creating a friendly working environment, we are committed to environmental performance and business continuity planning, and the property has acquired LEED and CASBEE certifications. The building is an office space that encourages innovation by offering a rooftop garden where workers can enjoy verdant greenery and a nice view. It also has parking and a shower room for bicycle commuters. All of the electricity used in the building is derived from renewable energy supplied by ORIX, reducing the building’s CO2 emissions.
|Property Name||Type||Accreditation||Completion Date|
|Hirakata II Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||January 2020|
|Komaki II Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||September 2019|
|Iwatsuki II Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||September 2019|
|Hotel Universal Port Vita||Hotel||CASBEE A||April 2018|
|ORIX Yaesudori Building||Office||CASBEE A||August 2017|
|Shin Kyobashi Project||Office||CASBEE A||April 2017|
|S-GATE Akasaka Sannou||Office||CASBEE S||November 2016|
|ORIX Ueno 1-chjome Building||Office||CASBEE S, LEED-CS Platinum||September 2016|
|Ichikawa Shiohama Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||August 2016|
|Iidabashi 3-chome Building||Office||CASBEE A||August 2014|
|ORIX Minami Aoyama Building||Office||CASBEE S||April 2014|
|Inuyama Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||July 2013|
|Kawagoe Daini Sangyo Danchi Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||May 2013|
|CROSS OFFICE Naikocho||Office||CASBEE A||April 2013|
|Nihonbashi Koamicho Square Building||Office||CASBEE S||March 2012|
|Kyoto Aquarium||Aquarium||CASBEE Ｓ||January 2012|
|Yokohama Machida IC Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||May 2011|
|ORIX Honmachi Building||Office||CASBEE Ｓ||March 2011|
|ORIX Sendagaya Building||Office||CASBEE A||March 2011|
|Ichikawa Chidori-cho Logistics Center||Logistics||CASBEE A||February 2011|
|Cross Garden Kawasaki||Commercial||CASBEE A||February 2011|
|Logistics Park Noda Funakata||Logistics||CASBEE A||September 2010|
|Minato Mirai Center Building||Office||CASBEE S||April 2010|
- An environmental performance index developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It aims to promote the global development of sustainable buildings with excellent energy efficiency. “LEED-CS” has five environmental categories and two bonus categories consisting of approximately 50 evaluation criteria. The evaluation is based on the total value of each index.
- Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency:
An evaluation system in Japan that evaluates and ranks the environmental performance of buildings. The comprehensive evaluation includes criteria on usage of environmentally friendly equipment and materials, energy saving efforts, provision of a comfortable indoor environment and consideration for the surrounding area. The buildings are given an overall rank ranging from S, A, B+, B- and C.
CASBEE certifications for the properties developed by ORIX Real Estate include those based on the evaluation criteria established by municipal authorities.
Promotion of sharing
Car sharing business
ORIX Auto is developing a car sharing business with more than 2,000 car sharing stations centered around urban areas operating more than 3,400 vehicles. We provide practical solutions for corporate and individual customers with varied needs and duration of usage.
The Japanese car sharing business started in 2002 when ORIX Auto and seven private companies took over the electric vehicle sharing experiment of the Association of Electronic Technology for Automobile Traffic and Driving. Since 2007, ORIX Auto began business operating this business independently.
ORIX Auto has led the promotion of the sharing economy by developing various novel, first-in-the-industry measures and developing markets and improving convenience for customers. Initially, ORIX Auto promoted understanding of the term "car sharing" and that customer recognition these cars can be borrowed “easily” and “for a short time". This message was then supplemented with explanation of the advantages of sharing based on changing societal demands; for example, responding to increased environmental awareness by explaining how CO2 reduction can be achieved by combined use of car sharing and public transportation and meeting consumer needs to reduce car ownership costs by explaining that car sharing allows for use only when necessary. ORIX Auto has worked to expand the car sharing market through such explanation and promotion of the advantages of car sharing.
Driving while distracted or provocative driving (for example tail gating or dangerously close lane changes) have recently become a social issue in Japan, causing increased demand for drive recorders. From 2019, ORIX Auto has commenced installing Nauto, an AI-capable connectivity enabled drive recorder, in its car sharing vehicles to support the safety and well-being of customers while driving.
Approximately 270,000 member users (as of the end of March 2020)
Serviced office business
We have a serviced office (rental office with service) business with five locations in Tokyo.
Disaster prevention measures such as BCP is installed alongside the latest equipment. Furthermore, we provide a competent and detailed reception service etc. via professional staff and facilitate the creation of an environment in which customers can fully concentrate on their businesses. We have a variety of choices from shared offices and booth offices for 1+ people, small offices for 2-3 people, to larger office spaces for 7-10 people.
Also, we support the tenants’ businesses with various services by ORIX such as insurance, loans, car leasing and training facilities.
List of Properties
|Property Name||Number of Rooms||Characteristics|
|Cross Office Shibuya||49||The first CROSS OFFICE to open, co-working spaces|
|Cross Office Uchisaiwaicho||128||Executive Floor on the top floors, fully equipped with an emergency power generator, acquired CASBEE A|
|Cross Office Shibuya Medio||23||Rooftop garden, fully equipped with an emergency power generator|
|Cross Office Mita||77||Community space exclusively for residents, one person cubicles, fully equipped with an emergency power generator|
|Cross Office Shinjuku||59||Small-sized offices for 1-2 people, co-working spaces|
Recycling waste as resources and appropriate disposal
Waste recycling and disposal support business
In Yorii, Saitama Prefecture, ORIX Environmental Resources Management operates a zero waste* facility (Yorii Plant) that uses cutting-edge thermal decomposition, gasification and reforming methods. This plant is a private finance initiative of Saitama Prefecture. A main feature of the facility is that it achieves a 100% recycling rate by reducing waste to reusable resources through the process of melting or gasifying waste at approximately 2,000℃. It is capable of processing 450 tons of waste per day, making it one of the largest private-sector incineration and melting facilities in Japan. The waste passes through various processes for reuse as resources such as material for asphalt paving (slag) and road de-icing agent (industrial salts). The purified syngas produced during melting is used to fuel a high-efficiency power generator at an on-site power generation facility, and surplus electricity is sold to a power company. We set strict limits on emissions and minimize environmental loading to the greatest extent possible. We limit dioxins to one-tenth the legal limit and have voluntary restrictions on other emissions as well.
In ORIX Environmental Resources Management, we receive industrial waste from corporations. As our factory is a recycling facility where incineration ash is not produced, and processing is completed within our factory, corporations can rest assured that our factories have reduced environmental impact. In recent years, in response to a growing demand to verify reliable waste disposal, we offer video recordings from waste loading pits and internal platforms which show how the waste is processed.
We accept not only industrial waste but also municipal solid waste such as household waste that exceeds the processing capacity of facilities owned by municipalities. We are enhancing these services to complement municipal waste disposal. Currently, we have contracts with about 50 municipalities for the treatment of general waste, including within Saitama Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, and the Tokyo Tama area. By using ORIX Environmental Resources Management, municipalities can recycle bulky garbage, nonflammable garbage and crushed garbage that has previously been disposed of through simple incineration or dumped in landfills, thus extending the life of the final disposal site.
ORIX Environmental Resources Management fulfills a backup function of garbage disposal when large-scale repair of municipal processing facilities and rebuilding is taking place, during which they are shut down. Recently, there is an increasing number of cases where we handle consignment processing of waste due to natural disasters that exceed the processing capacity of municipalities. We have entered into waste treatment backup agreements with multiple municipalities in case of natural disasters. In many of these cases large quantities of waste must be processed in a short period of time. Anticipating the cases where it will be impossible for us to sufficiently handle waste on our own, (for example due to the sole processing capacity limitations of ORIX Environmental Resources Management), we have teamed up with leading private companies which hold processing facilities to build a stable backup system in a wide area.
Zeeklite Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of ORIX Environmental Resources Management, operates one of the largest controlled landfills in Japan. ORIX Environmental Resources Management has thus established an organization that provides final disposal in addition to waste incineration and melting to address a wide range of corporate and local government waste requirements.
- A facility that achieves zero waste by breaking down waste into raw materials and effectively using them.
Amount processed: Approximately 114,000 tons (FY2020.3)
Materials processed: Approximately 60% industrial waste and 40% general waste (FY2020.3)
Types of resources reclaimed from waste: slag, metal, metal hydroxide, industrial salt, sulfur, purified syngas, electricity
Biogas power generation using waste
ORIX Environmental Resources Management is constructing a dry-type biogas power generation facility with a capacity of 1.6MW, the largest in Japan*1, utilizing municipal waste, in Yorii, Saitama Prefecture.
The plant is scheduled to be completed and put into operation in the fall of 2021 and is expected to generate approximately 9,800,000kWh of electricity annually.
This facility is a renewable energy power generation facility that utilizes biogas generated by fermenting general waste such as food waste and paper waste with methane bacteria as power generation fuel.
Wet-type methane fermentation technology, which has become widespread in biogas power generation facilities, is suitable for the treatment of organic matter with high moisture content, such as excretions of livestock and residues of foods. In contrast, dry-type methane fermentation technology used in this facility enables the extraction of biogas from organic matter with low moisture content, which has been difficult to treat until now, with high efficiency.
Food retailing and restaurant industries, where foreign materials such as paper and plastic are discharged together, can recycle food without separating food waste and other waste through the use of dry biogas power generation facilities.
The Food Recycling Law sets targets for the reduction and reuse of food waste by industry.
According to the fiscal year 2014 results announced by the Ministry of the Environment, in the food manufacturing industry, food waste can be separated and discharged relatively easily, and therefore, reuse in fertilizers and feedstuffs has been promoted; as a result, 95% of food waste has been recycled.
On the other hand, in the restaurant industry, due to the difficulty of separating food waste and other non-food wastes, commissions of waste processing to wet methane fermentation facilities, fertilizers, and feed-making facilities has not progressed, and the recycling rate has remained at just over 20%.
The operation of this facility contributes to the improvement of the food recycling rate of downstream businesses such as restaurants in the food industry.
- Researched by ORIX
Garbage reuse, recycling and proper processing support / metal recycling
Support for reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unwanted goods (nationwide recycling system)
ORIX Eco Services has built a Japan-wide network for integrated support for the collection, reuse, recycling, and proper disposal of unwanted goods. The company supports the processing of unwanted goods with locations throughout Japan by centrally managing selection of disposal companies and allocation of their vehicles, price assessment upon sale, cost reduction proposals, and administrative work related to proper disposal. This support helps ensure uniform quality of collection and recycling nationwide as well as preventing improper disposal. We meet diverse customer needs with a network for proper disposal that includes companies involved in collection and transportation, sale of used products, intermediate disposal and recycling.
Services for proper disposal of solar panels
ORIX Eco Services offers a nationwide disposal service for used solar panels discharged from solar power stations. Since the Feed-in Tariff System for Renewable Energy was introduced in 2012, there is a concern that the large-scale disposal solar panels will begin in the 2030s and demand for proper disposal of solar panels will increase. Currently, there is no established technology for efficient recycling of used solar panels, and shredding and landfill treatment is the mainstream. In the future, we will work with the Glass Recycling Committee of Japan, an industry organization, and member companies to address this need for the recycling of solar panels.
On-site contracted services to destroy data on storage equipment
In response to the growing need of local governments and businesses that possess sensitive data, such as personal information, regarding the proper processing of data storage equipment, ORIX Eco Services offers on-site contracted services to destroy data on storage equipment using special vehicles.
In this service, we install a shredding machine in a special vehicle that we have developed, and dispatch the vehicle to a designated location to destroy the data on the storage device in the presence of the customer. In addition to the magnetic destroyers and physical destroyers of HDDs (Hard Disk Drives), we have a shredder that can destroy SSDs (Solid State Drives), which are typically difficult to destroy. Surveillance cameras have been installed to confirm the destruction of the sensitive data in real time, and these cameras also allows to appropriately track the movements of workers.
Metal recycling (ORIX processing facilities)
ORIX Eco Services operates intermediate disposal facilities in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture and Kasukabe City, Saitama Prefecture that mainly handle metal waste such as machinery and office automation (“OA”) equipment. The company sorts high-quality metals from machinery and other waste composed of multiple metals by conducting all stages of disposal from collection and storage to primary processing and material recycling.
For machinery that contains rare metals, such as OA and information technology equipment, the company conducts all stages of processing from disassembly and data erasure to breaking down into raw materials, as well as sorting of materials for recycling.