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Environmental Report

Approaches to the Environment

We believe that the Kuraray Group’s mission as a material and intermediate material manufacturer is as follows:

  • Contributing to society by providing the materials and intermed iate materials required for products that are needed to create a low-carbon society and an environmentally conscious so ciety; and
  • Production of items with as low an environmental impact as possible.
    With this in mind, we are working consistently to implement environmental conservation activities that include promoting measures against global warming, managing chemical substance emissions, and the beneficial use of wastes.
[Note]
As a result of the change in months in each fiscal year, the environmental data and information contained in this report including graphs are as follows.
  • Before fiscal 2013: Actuals in 12 months from April to March of the following year
  • Fiscal 2014: Actuals for 9 months from April to December + Actuals for January to March 2014 (or estimated value) [Partially overlaps with fiscal 2013]
  • After fiscal 2015 (For reference purposes): Actuals for 12 months from January to December

Environmental Targets and Results

Evaluation: ◎ achieved, ○ largely achieved, △ further ef fort required

FY2015 FY2016 target Medium-term environmental target (FY2020 target) Evaluation
Scope Target Actual performances Evaluation
Global warming prevention Kuraray Group
in Japan
[Measures to reduce GHG emissions]
Implement measures to reduce emissions by 20,000t
  • Reduced by 18,000t (YoY)
  • Improved environmental efficiency (GHG emissions) by 9.4% compared with FY2010
achieved Implement measures to reduce by 20,000t [Environmental efficiency (GHG emissions)]
Improve by 40% compared with FY2010
further ef fort required
Overseas affiliates [Environmental efficiency (energy consumption)*]
Improve by 5% compared with FY2010
  • Improved environmental efficiency (energy consumption) 99 with 100 for FY2010
further ef fort required Improve environmental efficiency by 6% compared with FY2010 [Environmental efficiency (energy consumption)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
further ef fort required
Management of chemical substance emissions Kuraray Group
in Japan
[Management of JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions]
Maintain emissions at FY2010 level (1,104t)
  • JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions: 1,010t
  • Improved environmental efficiency (PRTR substance emissions) by 21.2% compared with FY2010
achieved Maintain emissions at FY2010 level (1,104t) [Environmental efficiency(JCIAdesignated PRTR substance emissions)]
Improve by 100% compared with FY2010
further ef fort required
Reduction of Waste Kuraray Group
in Japan
[Measures to reduce waste]
Implement measures to reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% relative to FY2014 (811t)
  • Amount of waste reduced : 1,500t
  • Improved environmental efficiency (waste generated) by 6% compared with FY2010
achieved Implement measures to reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% (832t) relative to FY2015 [Environmental efficiency (waste generated)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
further ef fort required
Overseas affiliates [Environmental efficiency (waste generated)]
Improve by 5% compared with FY2010
  • Lowered environmental efficiency
    (waste generated)
    71 with 100 for FY2010
further ef fort required Improve environmental efficiency by 6% compared with FY2010 [Environmental efficiency (waste generated)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
further ef fort required
Effective utilization of water resources Kuraray Group
in Japan
- - - Because the plants are located inside Kuraray Group premises in Japan, the risks of being exposed to water supply shortage are low for the moment. Possibilities of immediately impacting the environment are low even if water consumption at the current level is continued. A numerical target therefore will not be set for the moment -
Overseas affiliates Environmental efficiency (Water consumption: Excludes seawater)]
Improve by 5% compared with FY2010
  • Lowered environmental efficiency
    (water consumption)
    53 with 100 for FY2010
further ef fort required Improve environmental efficiency by 6% compared with FY2010 [Environmental efficiency (water consumption)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
further ef fort required
  • * Almost all electric power and steam is purchased from external sources at Kuraray’s overseas affiliated companies. Because the source of supply has a large effect on GHG emissions (changes in emission factor), energy consumption is evaluated without incorporating the impact of the supply source in order to properly evaluate the activities of our overseas affiliated companies.

Environmental Management

Environmental Management System

Kuraray Group has set Kuraray Group Global Environment Action Guidelines and Environmental Activity Policy. Furthermore, continuous improvements in its environmental activities are made by rotating the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle among the plants, affiliates and head office in accordance with Kuraray Environmental Activity Management Rules.
Kuraray plants and affiliates have acquired certificates under ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and are undertaking environmental conservation activities by rotating the PDCA cycle. Please visit Kuraray’s website “Organization Chart of CSR Committee” for more information about the environmental conservation promotion organization of Kuraray Group.

Kuraray Group Action Guideline for the Global Environment

Basic Guidelines

We fulfill our responsibility to future generations through sustainable corporate activities that are in harmony with the global environment and the local community. In order to achieve these basic guidelines, we will undertake the following activities.

  1. We will assign the highest priority to the environment and safety in the course of our corporate operations.
  2. We will work to improve the global environment and ensure its sustainability.
  3. We will develop technologies and products that contribute to the goal of improving the global environment.
Policy of Environmental and Industrial Safety Management Center for Fiscal 2015

The Kuraray Group tackle following themes

  1. Promotion of environmental conservation and environmental improvement activities in accordance with the environmental management system
  2. Compliance with statutory requirements
  3. Continuous improvement of environmental load to accomplish medium-term environmental targets.

Medium-Term Environmental Targets and Review of the Targets

Kuraray Group has mapped out its Medium-Term Environmental Plan setting Fiscal 2010 as a base year and Fiscal 2020 as a target year and has been undertaking activities since Fiscal 2011. Kuraray’s Medium-Term Environmental Plan incorporates an indicator called an “environmental efficiency*” to numerically assess activity results. The targets are supplied in the table on the right.
Nevertheless, the business environment of Kuraray Group has greatly changed compared with the time when the plan was mapped out due to M&A cases outside Japan and more investments made to increase production equipment. In view of this situation, consider present Medium-Term Environmental Targets should be reviewed. Therefore we are our investigation indicator and mapping out new targets during 2016.

* Environmental Efficiency = Net sales/environmental load
Environmental load: volume of GHG emissions, chemical substance emissions, waste generated, etc.