Highlight from Integrated Report

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 year ending March 2019)

Step up efforts to maintain biodiversity

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

Implement at one chosen
business site in each core
company

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

Fiscal year ended March 2017

Implemented measures to protect the environment through nine specific projects

Progress and factors
Steady progress

Promote Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

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 2017

Ratio of total sales:23%

Progress and factors
Steady progress

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

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

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 2017

Ratio of total sales:45%

Progress and factors
Target for the fiscal year ending March 2019 already achieved; now expanding number of products.

Reduce energy consumption per unit of sales

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

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

Initiatives
We are installing solar power generation systems and switching to LNG and other gas-based energy supplies for key fossil fuel energy sources. The Group also selects highly efficient energy systems when upgrading facilities.

Fiscal year ended March 2017

Energy usage up 5.1%
compared with fiscal year
ended March 2015

Progress and factors
Increase in usage reflected lower sales and higher energy usage in the electronics business.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

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 2017

Emissions of greenhouse gases up 5.3% compared with fiscal
year ended March 2015

Progress and factors
Increase in usage reflected lower sales and higher emissions in the electronics business.

Reduce the volume of PRTR substance emissions per unit of sales

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

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 2017

Emissions of PRTR substances up 4.5% compared with
fiscal year ended March 2015

Progress and factors
Increase in emissions was due to the addition of Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd. to the Group.

Improve the recycling rate

Targets for the fiscal year
ending March 2019

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 2017

84.7%

Progress and factors
Effectively reusing waste materials in manufacturing processes is an issue at overseas sites.

Long-term Environmental Targets (fiscal year ending March 2026)

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

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 2017, installation work was mainly carried out at domestic sites, helping to lift the Group’s total solar power generation to 5,118GWh.