Environmental Protection

As a chemical company, we act to protect the environment in two ways: by reducing the environmental impact of our business activities and by appropriately managing chemical substances.
Specific initiatives include preventing global warming, saving energy, promoting the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in order to reduce the volume of industrial waste sent to final disposal (landfill), and reducing the environmental impact of substances subject to the PRTR Act and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
We also publish environmental accounting figures and run eco-efficiency assessments in relation to our environmental impact and economic activities, in an effort to ascertain the impact of our activities and pave the way for sustainable development.

Management System

Policy

Responsible Care initiatives based on our basic Responsible Care Policy

System and Responsible Officers

The director in charge of the Responsible Care Committee also serves as the head of the committee. The Responsible Care Committee also consists of the manager of process safety and disaster prevention (the head of the Safety & Environmental Technology Division) and the heads of each business sector. The committee creates policies, strategies and plans related to safety and disaster prevention, evaluates performance and reviews the Responsible Care system.
The departments in charge of process safety and disaster prevention strive to improve process safety and disaster prevention in Companywide Responsible Care initiatives while exchanging information on a daily basis.

Monitoring Methods

The Responsible Care Committee convenes periodically to review the progress of Responsible Care activities against targets and evaluate performance.

Achievements and Reviews

The outcome of Responsible Care activities is reported to the Responsible Care Committee, and this data is reflected in the following fiscal year’s plans

Goals and Results

Goals for Fiscal 2015

  • Implement greenhouse gas reduction plans: At least 10,000 tons
  • Steadfastly implement plans aimed at minimizing industrial waste
Minimization of industrial waste: Maintaining a final disposal (landfill) rate of 1% or less of industrial waste generated

Fiscal 2015 Results and Assessments

Level achieved: A

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: Reduction of over 40,000 tons, compared to target of at least 10,000 tons
  • Industrial waste
    Domestic manufacturing sites: Achieved industrial waste minimization targets at all domestic manufacturing sites for the fifth straight year
    Overseas affiliates : Achieved average final disposal ratio of 0.4%, less than the target of 1% for the seventh consecutive year
For statistical purposes, "domestic and overseas affiliates" refers to production sites operated by consolidated subsidiaries and companies eligible for RC support (22 in Japan, 23 overseas)

Goals for Fiscal 2016

  • Reduce the per-unit energy consumption rate by an average of over 1% per year over five years
  • Reduce the amount of GHG emissions by 20,000 tons or more through energy conservation initiatives
  • Achieve zero environment-related accidents at production bases
    Promote voluntary activities including risk management of environmentally harmful substances
Levels of achievement based on self-assessment: A: 95% or more, B: 70% or more and less than 95%, C: less than 70%