The Nisshinbo Group’s Promotion of Environmental Management

As an Environment and Energy Company group providing solutions to help tackle humanity’s greatest challenge – global environmental issues – the Nisshinbo Group is creating a framework to support the implementation of environmental management. We have set medium- and long-term environmental targets that dovetail with our business plans. By achieving those targets, we aim to help create a sustainable society.

Medium-term Environmental Targets: Key Themes and Results
(Fiscal year ended March 2016 to fiscal period ending December 2018)

Step up activities to maintain biodiversity

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

Deploy model businesses
that put priority on conserving the ecosystem

Initiatives
Protect rare species and implement initiatives to preserve forest and
river environments.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

Currently being implemented at 10 business sites

Progress and factors
Steady progress

Promote Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

Ratio of total sales: 40% or more

Initiatives
LCAs involve quantifying the environmental burden and potential environmental impact on the planet and ecosystems of all inputs during a product’s lifecycle, from materials sourcing through to disposal. LCAs provide a useful benchmark for designing environmentally friendly products.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

Ratio of total sales: 23%

Progress and factors
Steady progress, despite a decline due to the sale of the papers business

Increase the sales ratio for products that contribute to a sustainable society

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

Ratio of total sales: 40% or more

Initiatives
Products and services that contribute to the realization of a sustainable society are defined in accordance with the OECD classification for environmental businesses. Products and services that do not come under that definition are assessed using rigorous internal standards.
To contribute to humanity through our business activities, we are working to grow sales based on a holistic approach to production and sales.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

Ratio of total sales: 44%

Progress and factors
Steady progress

Reduce energy consumption per unit of sales

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

Reduction of 5% or
more compared with fiscal year
ended March 2015

Initiatives
The Group is introducing solar power systems and switching to LED lighting, mainly at manufacturing sites in Japan and overseas. The Group also selects highly efficient energy systems when upgrading facilities.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

Energy usage reduced by 6%compared with fiscal year ended March 2015

Progress and factors
Steady progress

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

Reduction of 5% or
more compared with fiscal year
ended March 2015

Initiatives
Most greenhouse gases originate from energy sources, so lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy usage are closely linked.
Another key measure is reducing CFCs, which have a high global warming potential. CFCs are used in semiconductor fabrication processes. We are installing systems that break down those CFCs, leading to lower emissions.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

Emissions of greenhouse gases reduced by 2% compared with fiscal year ended March 2015

Progress and factors
Greenhouse gas emissions started falling due to a drop in energy usage in the textiles business.

Reduce the volume of PRTR substance emissions per unit of sales

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

Reduction of 10% or
more compared with fiscal year
ended March 2015

Initiatives
PRTR substances are chemical compounds that are harmful to people and ecosystems.
We have minimized emissions of PRTR substances by switching to alternative low-toxic chemical substances in manufacturing processes.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

Emissions of PRTR substances up 10%compared with fiscal year ended March 2015

Progress and factors
Emissions rose due to higher emissions at Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd.

Improve the recycling rate

Targets for the fiscal year ending December 2018

90% or more

Initiatives
We are working to reduce raw material and packaging material volumes and effectively reuse waste. We are focusing on raising recycling rates at overseas sites.

Fiscal year ended March 2018

83%

Progress and factors
Steady progress, despite a decline due to the sale of the papers business

Long-term Environmental Targets
(fiscal year ending December 2025)

Increase the ratio of products that contribute to a sustainable

society to 65% or more of total sales

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

per unit of sales by 15%
or more compared with fiscal year ended March 2015

Improve the recycling

ratio to 95% or more

Sustainability

Solar power generation in the Nisshinbo Group

We are actively installing solar power generation systems at business sites that require large amounts of energy, such as facilities that use thermal processing. In the fiscal year ended March 2018, installation work was mainly carried out at domestic sites, helping to lift the Group’s total solar power generation to 4.9GWh.