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Environmental Report

Approaches to the Environment

Environmental Management

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 intermediate materials required for products that are needed to create a lowcarbon society and an eco-friendly society; and
  • Producing 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 Management System

Kuraray Group has established 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 and improve (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 has been working on updating the ISO 14001 system as planned to the 2015 version required to be revised by September 2018.

Environmental Targets and Results

★★★ : Largely achieved, ★★ : Achieved, ★ : Need to be improved

Scope FY2016 FY2017 target Medium-term
environmental target
(FY2020 target)
Evaluation
Target Actual performances
Global warming prevention Kuraray Group in Japan Implement measures to reduce GHG emissions *1 by 20,000 tons-CO2e or more compared with FY2015 Reduced by 10,000 tons-CO2e compared with FY2015 [Environmental Efficiency (GHG emissions)] Improved by 5.1% compared with FY2010 Implement measures to reduce GHG emissions by 12,000 tons-CO2e or more compared with FY2016 [Environmental Efficiency (GHG emissions)] Improve by 40% compared with FY2010 Need to be improved
Overseas affiliates [Environmental Efficiency (energy consumption) *2]
Improve by 6% compared with FY2010
Decreased by 6.5% compared with FY2010 [Environmental Efficiency (energy consumption)]
Improve by 7% compared with FY2010
[Environmental Efficiency (energy consumption)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
Need to be improved
Management of chemical substance emissions Kuraray Group in Japan [JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions]
Maintain the level of FY2010 emissions (1,104 tons), or less
JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions: 957 tons

[Environmental Efficiency (PRTR substance emissions)]
Improved by 26.7% compared with FY2010
[JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions]
Maintain the level of Fiscal FY2010 emissions (1,104 tons), or less
[Environmental Efficiency (PRTR substance emissions)]
Improve by 100% compared with FY2010
Achieved
Reduction of Waste Kuraray Group in Japan Implement measures to reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% relative to FY2015 (832 tons), or more Reduced by 1,400 tons

[Environmental Efficiency (waste generation)]
Decreased by 9.0% compared with FY2010
Implement measures to reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% relative to FY2016 (900 tons), or more [Environmental Efficiency (waste generation)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
Achieved
Overseas affiliates [Environmental Efficiency (waste generation)]
Improve by 6% compared with FY2010
Decreased by 41.7% compared with FY2010 [Environmental Efficiency (waste generation)]
Improve by 7% compared with FY2010
[Environmental Efficiency (waste generation)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
Need to be improved
Effective utilization of water resources Kuraray Group in Japan - - Considering the geographical conditions of Kuraray plants in Japan, we don’t set a numerical target for the time being. However we will continue to watch the water usage and save it as much as possible. -
Overseas affiliates [Environmental Efficiency (water usage except seawater)]
Improve by 6% compared with FY2010
Decreased by 40.8% compared with FY2010 [Environmental Efficiency (water usage except seawater)]
Improve by 7% compared with FY2010
[Environmental Efficiency (water usage except seawater)]
Improve by 10% compared with FY2010
Need to be improved
  • *1 : Greenhouse Gas
  • *2 : Almost all electric power and steam is purchased from external sources at Kuraray’s overseas affiliates. 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 affiliates.
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 Environment and Industrial Safety Management Center for Fiscal 2016

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 Plan and Review of the Plan

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 the activity results. The targets are shown in the table on page 16 . Nonetheless, the business environment of Kuraray Group has greatly changed compared with the time when the plan was mapped out due to incorporating new business through large scale of M&A in overseas. These changes provided the situation that evaluation using the current "Environmental Efficiency" as an index no longer accurately reflecting the environmental improvement activities in the workplaces. For this reason, we believe that we need to consider reviewing the plan including targets and evaluation index.

We will set the new evaluation index and targets for both Kuraray Group in Japan and overseas affiliates within fiscal 2017 and will start to operate together with the next Medium-term Management Plan from fiscal 2018.

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

Material Flow in Business Activities (Fiscal 2016, Kuraray Group in Japan)

Kuraray Group uses large amount of energy, chemical substances and water resources in the course of its business activities. We make quantitative surveys of used resources and emitted substances associated with our business activities.

Material Flow( Kuraray Group in Japan)