In the past, games included a printed instruction manual inside the package, but in recent years, these manuals are now included as data within the software as a way to save paper. This enables us to eliminate approximately 32.60 million game units’ worth of paper manuals annually.
In addition, the increasing popularity of digital sales, where games are downloaded after purchase, has made it possible to conserve resources used to produce discs, semiconductors, software packaging, and other components in addition to paper resources.
In the fiscal year ended March 2022, the resources used in the equivalent of around 24.60 million units of game software were conserved as a result of digital sales.
Moreover, digital sales eliminate the need to transport physical products from factories to stores or warehouses, allowing us to simultaneously reduce both costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
We will continue promoting digital sales of game software with the aim of achieving effectively zero resource consumption in the future by selling solely via digital download.
In solidarity with the efforts of the Japan Pachislo Machine Industry Association (Nichidenkyo), Capcom manufactures and sells pachislo machines partially made from recycled parts and equipped with standardized “green devices” aimed at controlling power usage.
Status of disposal of used arcade game machines
*1 Volume used as heat source for hot water, heating, etc.
*2 Capcom switched to new cabinets in fiscal 2019, so there was no collection of used arcade game machines.
At Capcom, we encourage employees to live within five kilometers of their place of work and to commute by bicycle. As such, we have arranged company housing near our offices and built bicycle parking close to our R&D facilities. The primary goal is to promote a proper work-life balance by shortening commuting distances, but at the same time, it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with use of transportation.
In October 2020, the Japanese government pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. The goal is to realize a carbon-free society by 2050 and effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.
Realizing carbon neutrality will require the introduction of renewable energy that does not produce CO2 emissions.
At Capcom, we began using CO2-free electricity sourced from renewable energy at the buildings we own in the Kansai area in June 2022. As a result, around 27% of the power we consume in Japan is now provided by renewable energy.