Material Balance

The table below shows the Nisshinbo Group’s business activities and environmental impact.
Environmental data sheets for principal subsidiaries are also published.

Material Balance

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 that 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 not indicated.

*1 Gigajoule (GJ): A unit of energy measurement. 1GJ=109 J=about 240,000 kilocalories

*2 Not including electricity sold under the feed-in tariffs scheme for renewable energy

*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.

*4 For calculating greenhouse gas emission volumes, the CO2 emission conversion factors as defined in the “List of Calculation Methods and Emission Factors for Calculation, Reporting, and Publication” published by the Ministry of the Environment and based on the “Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures” are used. We also use the coefficients provided by the producer for coal.

*5 Energy-derived greenhouse gas emissions: Greenhouse gas emissions due to fuel consumption.

*6 Non-energy derived greenhouse gas emissions: Greenhouse gas emissions due to reasons other than fuel consumption, e.g. manufacturing process, waste products, etc.

*7 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Emissions of volatile organic compounds such as toluene.

*8 Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD): Chemical Oxygen Demand, or Chemical Oxygen Consumption, is an indicator that shows water contamination levels.

*9 Suspended Solids (SSs): The amount of foreign substances floating in water.

*10 Transport volumes in international waters are not included.