Blue Value™ — Environmental Contribution Value

Earth blue

Instead of green, which is associated with nature and ecology, blue represents something much bigger—the earth.
It is also our corporate color and signifies harmony with the global environment and our contributions to society.

Many chemical products pass through various stages; for example, they are manufactured and processed into end products and then disposed of after use. We visualize from a product stewardship perspective how we could reduce a product’s impact on the environment at each stage of its lifecycle. By sharing this information with various stakeholders, we believe we can further contribute to environmental protection. With this idea in mind, we devised the Blue Value™ standard for environmentally friendly products in 2015 with the aim of achieving a future cohesive society in harmony with the environment.
We use the Blue Value™ Index—our own LCA-based environmental impact assessment index—to evaluate products and services depending on their application and certify them as Blue Value™ if they significantly contribute to protecting the environment in the following three categories: (1) reducing CO2 ; (2) conserving resources; and (3) coexisting with nature.
We carry out comparative assessments against market-standard products and our existing product lineup because a requirement for Blue Value™ certification is that not only must the product have a higher score in either of the evaluation categories, it must not be inferior in all categories for each stage of its lifecycle. Moreover, the use of qualitative and semi-quantitative assessments means products can be easily evaluated, but whenever required, the department responsible for LCAs can technically and quantitatively assess the superiority of a product’s environmental contributions.

Examples of Blue Value™ Product Contributions across Product Life Cycle Stages

*LIME2 (Lifecycle Impact assessment Method based on Endpoint modeling):
Damage assessment-type lifecycle environmental impact assessment method based on environmental conditions in Japan.

Environmental Impact Assessment Index — Blue Value™ Index

Contributions Blue Value™ Index
Evaluation categories Related assessment items

Reducing CO2

7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
9: INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
13: CLIMATE ACTION
  • Lighter weight and volume reduction
  • Long service life
  • Natural energy sources
  • Non-fossil raw materials
  • Environmental cleanup

Conserving resources

6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
9: INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
14: LIFE BELOW WATER

Coexisting with nature

3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
14: LIFE BELOW WATER
15: LIFE ON LAND
Contributions Related assessment items
  Blue Value™ Index Evaluation categories

Reducing CO2

7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY 9: INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 13: CLIMATE ACTION
  • Lighter weight and volume reduction
  • Long service life
  • Natural energy sources
  • Non-fossil raw materials
  • Environmental cleanup
 

Conserving resources

6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH 9: INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION 14: LIFE BELOW WATER
 

Coexisting with nature

3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION 14: LIFE BELOW WATER 15: LIFE ON LAND
 

*Related assessment criteria are evaluated on contributions to any one of the evaluation criteria.

*GHG emission-related global warming substances, chemical substances harmful to ecosystems, and environmental pollutants are all substances for which characterization factors have been calculated in LIME2.

Reduction of GHG emissions

  • Reduce GHG emissions at the raw materials acquisition, manufacturing/processing, and end products use/disposal stages

Saving of energy, electricity, fuel

  • Reduce energy such as electricity and fuel at the raw materials acquisition, manufacturing/processing, and end products use/disposal stages
  • Use of end products in the energy conservation field

3Rs, easy sorting, resource conservation

  • Use reusable/recyclable materials at the manufacturing/processing stages for products, processed items, and end products as well as reduce material usage
  • Products, processed items, and end products based on reuse/recycling
  • Possible separation at the time of disposal

Ecosystem conservation (human health)

  • Reduce the impact on human health from chemical substances across product lifecycles; specifically, reduce the addition of chemical substances harmful to human health, curb their formation, use chemical substances that are less toxic, and use end products in the health & safety fields

Ecosystem conservation (environmental organisms)

  • Reduce the impact on ecosystems from chemical substances across product lifecycles; specifically, reduce the addition of chemical substances harmful to ecosystems, curb their formation, use chemical substances that are less toxic

Prevention of environmental contamination

  • Reduce the impact on the global environment excluding people/living organisms from environmental pollutants across product lifecycles; specifically, reduce the addition of environment pollutants harmful to ecosystems, curb their formation, and use substances that do not pollute the environment
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