Environmental Reporting

【Notes】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.

    ・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 : Actuals for 12 months from January to December

Environmental Accounting

●Total investments for the current period: ¥31.9 billion
●Total research and development expenses for the current period: ¥14.1 billion

Costs for Environmental Conservation (Millions of yen)

Category Investments Cost Principal activities
Costs within the production sites Pollution prevention costs 1,190 1,413 Operating cost of environmental facilities, measures to prevent emissions of toxic chemical substances
Global environmental conservation costs 77 25 Cost of energy conservation activities
Resource recycling costs 548 748 Recycling costs and waste processing costs
Total 1,815 2,186  
Upstream and downstream costs - 99 Recycling and reuse of packaging materials, improvement of container packaging
Administrative costs 73 116 ISO 14001, environmental measurements, environmental education
Research and development costs 195 209 Development of environmentally friendly products
Social activity costs - 0 Afforestation, beautification, provision of environmental information to host community residents
Environmental damage costs - -  
Total 2,084 2,609  
  • Note: Environmental damage costs are included in pollution prevention costs.

Environmental Conservation Effects (Kuraray)

Category Unit FY2018 FY2019(1) FY2020(2) Change
[(2)-(1)]
Pollution prevention activities SOx emissions Tons 350 550 280 ▲ 270
NOx emissions Tons 1,779 1,770 1,623 ▲ 147
Soot and dust emissions Tons 31 31 32 1
PRTR substance emissions Tons 902 855 719 ▲ 136
COD load Tons 554 512 516 4
Global environment conservation activities GHG emissions 1,000 tons-CO2 1,310 1,301 1,221 ▲ 80
Energy consumption 1,000 kL
(crude oil equivalent)
433 431 402 ▲ 29
Resource recycling activities Unutilized externally processed industrial waste Tons 875 1,735 1,772 37
Rate of effective waste utilization % 97.8 97.1 97.2 0.1
Water resource usage* million m³ 72 71 71 0
Total discharge of wastewater* million m³ 65 61 65 4
  • * Excluding seawater

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Environmental data

(1) Basis for environmental accounting calculations
  • Reporting period: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
  • Scope covered: Kuraray
(2) Environmental conservation cost calculation criteria
  • Depreciation: Straight-line method
  • Standard for allocating costs: In principle, 100% of costs are allocated to individual environmental conservation items. However, a portion of costs is allocated on a pro-rata basis.
(3) Standard for calculating environmental conservation effects
  • Effects are calculated in a simple comparison with the total environmental load of the previous fiscal year and are not adjusted for production volume.
(4) Standard for calculating economic effects (benefits) of environmental conservation measures.
  • Although material effects such as income from recycling are known, benefits are deducted from environmental conservation costs.