The Kuraray Group in Japan has set a target of “keeping the emissions of JCIA-designated PRTR substances* below the fiscal 2016 result in the Medium-term Environmental Plan, based on the concept that even if the production scale expands, the environmental impact outside the plants will not be increased from the base year. In fiscal 2019, emissions of the entire Kuraray Group in Japan totaled 967 tons (886 tons into the atmosphere and 81 tons into water areas). As a result, they have gone down in comparison with fiscal 2018, but have not yet reached the figures achieved in fiscal 2016 (less than 957 tons) set as a target. Going forward, we will continue to take measures to prevent further environmental impact outside of our plans.
The emissions of the Kuraray Group outside Japan showed an increasing trend up to the previous fiscal year because we incorporated new business through M&As and the capacity utilization of production sites rose. However, the emissions of Kuraray Group outside Japan totaled 449 tons in fiscal 2019.
* Substances subject to the PRTR Act and substances designated by the Japan Chemical Industry Association