Environmental Activities

The Nisshinbo Group's Efforts on the SDGs

The objectives of the Nisshinbo Group are aligned with those of the SDGs. The Group aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through its business activities.

The Group frames specific goals to which it can contribute, bearing all of the SDGs in mind. As its business activities are centered on manufacturing, the Nisshinbo Group believes that the following four goals stand at the core of our business activities.

The Nisshinbo Group's Efforts on the SDGs

  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitation

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

  • 9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

  • 12. Responsible consumption, production

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  • 13. Climate action

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

For details about the core SDGs goals and specific environmental activities of the Nisshinbo Group, please refer to "Core SDGs Goals and Targets and the Nisshinbo Group's Activities" in the sections on Energy Conservation, Climate-Change Countermeasures, Life Cycle Assessment, Resource Conservation, Water Resources, Chemical Substance Management, Biodiversity and Transport Volumes.

Nisshinbo Group's Environmental Issues

The Nisshinbo group emphasizes the following environmental issues:

  • 1. Providing sustainable solutions
  • 2. Taking action against global warming
  • 3. Contributing to a recycling-oriented society
  • 4. Water-resource conservation measures

By seeking solutions to these issues, the Group aims to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable, decarbonizing and resource-recycling society advocated by Japan and the United Nations, and to find solutions for customers’ social and environment issues. In so doing the Group is continuing to contribute to achieving the SDGs.

Revised the Nisshinbo Group's Environmental Targets

The Nisshinbo Group’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets

The Nisshinbo Group aims to capture climate change-related business opportunities and reduce risks. To reduce climate-related risks, we are actively promoting climate change measures, such as reducing energy conservation Activities and PFCs (perfluorocarbons) emissions, with the aim of carbon neutral through 2050.
Moreover, in June 2022, the Nisshinbo Group revised its environmental targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Nisshinbo Group’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets

The Nisshinbo Group’s Medium-term Environmental Targets

The Group positioned the environmental target, which is to be achieved by fiscal year 2030, as the midterm environmental target and will work together as a company to achieve the targets for the four items shown in the table below by expanding sales of products that contribute to a sustainable society* as the top target.

* Within all products, the Group identifies products that contribute to a sustainable society.

The Nisshinbo Group’s Medium-term Environmental Targets

The Nisshinbo Group’s Three-Year Environmental Targets

The Group is developing activities to achieve the target for the following eight items, including the above four items, with the environmental target as the fifth three-year environmental target, which will be achieved in fiscal year 2024.

The 5th Three-Year Environmental Targets (FY 2022-2024)

The Nisshinbo Group’s Initiatives Key Performance Indicator
Improvement of the sales percentage by the products that contribute to the development of the sustainable society 60% or more of total sales
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Reduce by 35% or more
Compared to FY 2014
Reinforcement of the maintenance of biodiversity Activities in Japan and abroad
At more than 5 new sites
Reduction of water usage per unit of sales Reduce by 65% or more
Compared to FY 2014
Promote Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 60% or more of total sales
Reduction of the energy consumption per unit of sales Reduce by 15% or more
Compared to FY 2014
Reduction of the volume of PRTR substances emissions per unit of sales Reduce by 30% or more
Compared to FY 2014
Improvement of recycling rate Increase the recycling rate to 90% or more

*1 Greenhouse gas emissions are targeted by Scope 1+Scope 2

*2 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.

*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.

Results and Assessment of the 4th Three-Year Environmental Targets (FY 2019-2021)

The Nisshinbo Group evaluated the results of the activities related to the fourth three-year environmental target, which will be achieved in fiscal year 2021.

Of the eight key items, five met the target. Particular progress has been made in reducing water use per sale and reducing PRTR substance output per sale. This is the result of advances in water recycling by the Textiles business and significant reductions in water use, as well as the replacement of the Precision Instruments business and the Automobile Brakes business with raw materials that do not contain PRTR substances.

On the other hand, the target was not reached for three items. The sales expansion of products that contribute to a sustainable society was partly due to the fact that the sales ratio for the products included in the calculation did not increase compared to total sales. An LCA-based analysis will promote efforts to clarify the superiority of existing products and increase the number of aggregated products, including products that contribute to the SDGs.

Regarding the reduction of energy consumption per unit of sales, although the impact of the coronavirus crisis has been alleviated and demand is on a recovery trend, The Group did not recover to the level of fiscal year 2014, which is the base year, and the Group failed to achieve the target for the reduction of energy consumption per unit of sales. Promote energy conservation efforts by accumulating activities in the future.

In terms of improved recycling rate, there was 11% progress in three years in the fourth period due to the progress in recycling of abrasive polishing powder for braking abrasion abroad in the Automobile Brakes business, but the target was not reached. The Group will investigate further recycling methods and aim to achieve the target.

Key Action Items The 4th Three-Year Environmental Targets Result as of end-FY2021
Improvement of the sales percentage by the products that contribute to the development of the sustainable society 55% or more of total sales 52% of total sales
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Reduce by 10% or more Compared to FY 2014 Reduced by 14% Compared to FY 2014
Reinforcement of the maintenance of biodiversity Activities in abroad
At more than 5 new sites
At 5 new sites
Reduction of water usage per unit of sales Reduce by 3% or more Compared to FY 2017 Reduced by 33% Compared to FY 2017
Promote Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 50% or more of total sales 57% of total sales
Reduction of the energy consumption per unit of sales Reduce by 10% or more Compared to FY 2014 Reduced by 9% Compared to FY 2014
Reduction of the volume of PRTR substances emissions per unit of sales Reduce by 10% or more Compared to FY 2017 Reduced by 55% Compared to FY 2017
Improvement of recycling rate Increase the recycling rate to 90% or more 88%

*1 The Greenhouse Gas Emissions

・Scope1:

・Energy related Greenhouse Gas Emissions = Σ[Fuel Consumption × CO2 Emission Factor*1-1]

・Non-Energy related Greenhouse Gas Emissions = Non-Energy related CO2 Emissions + Σ [Greenhouse Gas Emissions other than CO2 × Global Warming Potential*1-2]

*1-1 Emission factors based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures are used. Coal, however, uses a factor (1.893 t-CO2/t) calculated based on actual calorific values.

*1-2 Global warming potential based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.

・Scope2:

・Energy related Greenhouse Gas emissions = Σ [purchased electricity and purchased steam volume x CO2 emission factor*1-3]

*1-3 Purchased electricity uses, in Japan, adjusted emission factors for each electric company based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, and in foreign countries, the emission factors for each electric company, and if unavailable, the latest country-specific emission factors of IEA Emissions Factors. Purchased steam uses emission factors based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.

*1-4 For purchased electricity, alternative emission factors by electric power supplier were used until fiscal year 2020 based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. For data for past fiscal years after fiscal year 2014, greenhouse gas emissions were retroactively adjusted using the emission factors in *1-3 above.

*2 Fiscal year2019 Activities started: Shenzhen NJRC Technology Co., Ltd. (China) and PT. Nikawa Textile Industry (Indonesia). Fiscal year2020 Activities started: Nisshinbo Micro Devices (Thailand) Co., Ltd.), Nisshinbo Somboon Automotive Co., Ltd. (Thailand), and NANBU Philippines Incorporated (Philippines).

*3 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.

*4 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.