Environmental Activities

Long-Term Environmental Targets (for Fiscal 2025)

The Nisshinbo Group’s long-term environmental targets for fiscal 2025 are as follows.

  • 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 2014

  • Improve the recycling ratio to
    95%
    or more

Efforts toward Medium- to Long-Term Environmental Targets

To reach our medium- to long-term environmental targets, in fiscal 2018, we bolstered the management structure led by environmental supervisors at each core company. To promote the initiatives adopted in the Paris Agreement at COP* 21 in Japan and other countries, we continued to focus on efforts to conserve energy and reduce carbon, such as accelerating the installation of LED lighting and the switchover from petroleum energy to gas as an energy source.

* Conference of the Parties

Third Medium-Term Environmental Targets (Fiscal 2015–2018) and Assessment of Progress
(Excluding Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd. and Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd.)

Key Action items Fiscal 2018 Target Fiscal 2018 Adjusted Results*1 Assessment*2
Reinforcement of the maintenance of biodiversity Roll out "preceding pilot project for ecosystem preservation" Activities underway at 9 sites*3
Promote Life Cycle Assessment*4 (LCA) 40% or more of total sales 26% of total sales ×*5
Improvement of the sales percentage by the products that contribute to the development of the sustainable society 40% or more of total sales 48% of total sales
Reduction of the energy consumption per unit of sales Reduce by 5% or more compared to fiscal 2014 Down by 5% compared to fiscal 2014
Reduction of greenhouse gas*6 emissions per unit of sales Reduce by 5% or more compared to fiscal 2014 Down by 4% compared to fiscal 2014 ×*7
Reduction of the volume of PRTR*8 substance emissions per unit of sales Reduce by 10% or more compared to fiscal 2014 Down by 36% compared to fiscal 2014
Improvement of recycling rate (Recycling rate is calculated as follows: "the amount of recycling" divided by "the amount of total waste generation including the amount of recycling") Increase the recycling rate to 90% or more Improved recycling rate to 77% ×*10
Breakdown (%)
Japan
98%
 
97%*9
Other countries (excluding TMD)
87%
82%
TMD
82%
63%

*1 Adjusted results
Following the approval of the “Partial Change of the Articles of Incorporation” at the 175th General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 28, 2018, the Company changed the fiscal year-end from March 31 to December 31, starting in the fiscal year that ended in December 2018. As a result, the consolidated fiscal year ended in December 2018 was a transitional period with an irregular fiscal year adjusted for changes in the fiscal periods of the Company and consolidated subsidiaries as follows: the Company and consolidated subsidiaries switching from fiscal years ending in March (nine-month consolidation from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018); consolidated subsidiaries switching from fiscal years ending in February (10-month consolidation from March 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018), and consolidated subsidiaries with fiscal years ending in December (12-month consolidation from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018). Consequently, comparisons (% of change) versus past results are based on results for the current consolidated fiscal year adjusted to 12-month figures as a reference.

*2 Assessment criteria:
○ Target achieved × Target not achieved

*3 One less site than fiscal 2017 due to the transfer of Nisshinbo Brake Inc. Toyota Plant

*4 Life cycle assessment (LCA): Understanding of environmental load, through the life cycle of a product, from raw materials, to production, use, and finally to disposal

*5 We did not achieve our target for the promotion of life cycle assessment due to the transfer of the papers business, which led other businesses in conducting life cycle assessments.

*6 We use the CO2 greenhouse gas emission factor announced by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

*7 We did not achieve our target mainly due to expanded operations in other countries in the precision instruments business, and a large order for heat insulating material used for LNG ships in the chemicals business.

*8 PRTR substances: Substances subject to the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) system pursuant to the “Act on the Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof” and reports of their amounts of release and transfer must be filed.

*9 Excluding landfill waste at the now-closed Miai Plant

*10 We could not make improvements as planned and fell short of our target, mainly because we could not find reliable recycling operators in other countries and landfill disposal is common in some regions.

Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Targets (Fiscal 2019–2021)

Key Action items Fiscal 2021 Target
Reinforcement of the maintenance of biodiversity Implement at more than 5 overseas sites
Reduce water usage per unit of sales Reduce by 3% or more compared to fiscal 2017
Promote Life Cycle Assessment*1 (LCA) 50% or more of total sales
Improvement of the sales percentage by the products that contribute to the development of the sustainable society 55% or more of total sales
Reduction of the energy consumption per unit of sales Reduce by 10% or more compared to fiscal 2014
Reduction of greenhouse gas*2 emissions per unit of sales Reduce by 10% or more compared to fiscal 2014
Reduction of the volume of PRTR*3 substance emissions per unit of sales Reduce by 10% or more compared to fiscal 2017
Improvement of recycling rate (Recycling rate is calculated as follows: "the amount of recycling" divided by "the amount of total waste generation including the amount of recycling") Increase the recycling rate to 90% or more

*1 Life cycle assessment (LCA): Understanding of environmental load, through the life cycle of a product, from raw materials, to production, use, and finally to disposal

*2 We use the CO2 greenhouse gas emission factor announced by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

*3 PRTR substances: Substances subject to the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) system pursuant to the “Act on the Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof” and reports of their amounts of release and transfer must be filed.