Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets and Performance

Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets and Performance

In fiscal 2018, we established a medium-to long-term environmental plan ending in fiscal 2030, and have been engaged in activities based on it. Following the government’s 2050 Carbon Neutral Declaration and presentation of its 2030 target, however, we performed a revision, and reset our 2030 target policy to include a 46% reduction in CO2 emissions (compared to fiscal 2013). In doing so, we re-set the base year to fiscal 2013 and set targets based on the following factors as well.
  • The CO2 emission coefficient for domestic electricity was changed from basic to adjusted.*1
  • Response to sustainable development needs with 2030 as the target year established in the SDGs
  • Response to Act on the Rational Use of Energy/Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures

The targets were defined upon considering the impact of the difference between the base year of fiscal 2013 and the current scope of coverage, which includes the Vaupell Group having become subject to environmental management from fiscal 2015, and the SB Kawasumi Group from fiscal 2021. (The effects of the differences in coverage of the SB Kawasumi Group, the Vaupell Group, etc., have been added to the graph.) In Japan, the target for 2030 is well above 46% due to the switch to electricity from renewable energy sources at all major business sites beginning in the fourth quarter. Given future efforts to go carbon neutral at overseas sites as well, the Group’s overall target will greatly exceed 46% as well.

We also continue to work with the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) on its “Society 5.0 with Carbon Neutral” commitment through the Japan Chemical Industry Association. Other targets were also revised to unify the base year as fiscal 2013, taking into account the impact of the SB Kawasumi Group. We will continue to improve the resource utilization rate by curbing the amount of material loss (waste and valuable resources), promote effective use of raw materials, and also promote reduction of chemical substance emissions in order to systematically reduce our environmental impact.

  • *1 According to adjusted emission coefficients for each electric utility published by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. To accommodate menu-specific emission factors from the introduction of electricity from renewable energy sources, recalculations were made retroactively back to fiscal 2013.

Initiatives at Business Sites in Japan

Although energy consumption increased in fiscal 2021 as production recovered, CO2 emissions decreased from the previous year due to the switch to electricity from renewable energy sources at all major business sites in the fourth quarter, as well as the positive effects of the aggressive introduction of solar power generation. In fiscal 2022, a significant reduction in CO2 emissions is expected due to the year-round effect of electricity derived from renewable energy sources.

The amount of material loss increased slightly as production recovered, but the increase was kept to a minimum due to MFCA*2 activities at each business site to identify waste and promote reduction measures at plants. In fiscal 2022, we wil continue these efforts to reduce the amount of waste we generate by making effective use of resources and eliminating wasteful inefficiency. Chemical substance emissions increased from the previous year due to a temporary surge caused by a breakdown of exhaust treatment equipment at some of our business sites and an increase in production. The malfunctions have already been resolved and we expect to reduce emissions in fiscal 2022 by further improving the efficiency of exhaust treatment.

Initiatives at Overseas Business Sites

CO2 emissions at overseas sites increased due to a major recovery in production. However, the rate of increase has been controlled by switching to electricity from renewable energy sources at business sites in Europe. In fiscal 2022, we expect to reverse this to a decrease due to the planned switch to electricity from renewable energy sources at other business sites and the introduction of solar power generation. Year-on-year material loss increases resulted from an even greater impact from production increases than in Japan. Since the same scale of production is expected in fiscal 2022 and beyond, we intend to reduce wasteful inefficiency in production activities through MFCA and other means to achieve a year-on-year reduction.

Chemical substance emissions also increased with increased production. In fiscal 2022, we will work to reduce consumption by improving efficiency at each business site.

Business sites in Japan

amount of material loss   

Business sites overseas

CO2 emissions amount of material loss Chemical substance emission
  • *3 Additional data for SB Kawasumi Laboratories and Vaupel SB Kawasumi Laboratories and Vaupel were included in the data tabulation after fiscal 2013. Their data has been added to the base year (fiscal 2013) data for comparison with actual results.
  • * See the organizations listed on "Editorial Policy" regarding those included in the data.
  • * For definitions and the calculation method of CO2 emissions, material loss, and chemical substance emissions, refer to "Detailed Data Related to Sustainability".
  • * Total emissions of the 33 chemical substances subject to the PRTR Act at our group's domestic business sites amounted to 9.0 tons, and the total amount transferred was 123 tons. For details of the transfer and release of substances subject to the PRTR Act, refer to "Transfer and Release of Substances Subject to the PRTR Act (Fiscal 2021 Performance)".

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