During the fiscal year under review, we greatly extended the scope of Super Green products – products that undergo environmental assessment from the development stage – and strengthened steps to completely redefine product performance. Through the application and development of optical technologies over the years, USHIO offers solutions on a global scale targeting medicine, health, the environment, energy, water, security, food and a host of other sectors. At the same time, we strive to deliver high-value-added products and services that meet the needs of customers.
Fiscal 2016 Targets and Results of Phase Four of the Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2014 to Fiscal 2016)
|Fiscal 2016 Targets||
・Creation of Super Green Products: 17
・Increase the sales ratio of environmentally conscious products by 50% (compared to fiscal 2012)
Each company develops products that are positioned as green products, and continues its implementation of sales assessments
|Fiscal 2016 Results||
Creation of Super Green Products: Not certified
Increased the sales ratio of green products by 25%
・Revise the framework and operations for the certification system
・Promote product development and sales approaches that deliberately anticipate expected changes in environmental laws and regulations, and also improve the brand image
・Increase the participation of Group companies, and build the guidelines and framework
・Define the operational concept of safe, secure and environmentally friendly solutions through product development
・Determine numerical targets, expand sales, and increase the participation of Group companies
Review of the Targets and Results of Phase Four of the Environmental Action Plan
Creation of Super Green Products
Develop a total of 20 certified Super Green Products Group-wide ⇒ 3 products certified
Do not achieve certification by changing the concept. USHIO conducted a discussion and social dialogue aimed at building a new concept that captured the social background, and created a concept.
Improving the sales ratio of green products
Increase the sales ratio of green products by 25% (compared to fiscal 2012)
Conduct product development and sales approaches that deliberately anticipate expected changes in environmental laws and regulations
Development of Environmentally Conscious Products
At USHIO, we incorporate our Environmentally Conscious Product Assessment Manual into our Design Standards so we can preevaluate the environmental impact of our products starting in the design stage. When the environmental performance of a product has been improved based on this evaluation, it is certified as an Environmentally Conscious Product. If a product is outstanding even among environmentally conscious products, and uses innovative environmental technology on a completely different level from existing products, it is certified as an SG product.
Development of Super Green Products
In line with its efforts to create environmentally conscious products and based on its own certification standards, USHIO designates products that proactively use environmental technologies as Super Green Products. Super Green Products are flagship products that demonstrate excellent environmental qualities, such as energy efficiency, extended lifetimes, 3R design, materials used, and applications. USHIO has certified 19 Super Green Products that have cleared numerical benchmarks based on the USHIO environmental factor.
In fiscal 2013, USHIO proactively improved the environmental performance of product lines that take advantage of its unique strengths in light, certifying products such as special lamps and LED light sources for medical equipment, and high-value-added industrial process equipment that conserves energy. Certifications of products made by Group companies steadily increased since the fiscal 2012.
Three products were newly certified in fiscal 2014 as a result of USHIO enhancing the environmental performance of product lines that take advantage of its unique strengths in light sources, including LED light sources and other high-value-added industrial process equipment that conserve energy. Looking ahead, USHIO expects to proactively develop certification initiatives, including reviews of certification standards.
Super Green Products Label
Evaluation Criteria of Super Green Products
The certification standard for Super Green products is comprised of the following three requirements.
1) Environmentally conscious product score of 80 or more (based on environmentally conscious product assessment standards)
2) Environmental factor of 1.5 or more (calculated in comparison to previous products, with fiscal 2000 as the baseline year)
3) Attainment of transparency
Environmental factor is calculated by dividing the environmental efficiency of the target product by the environmental efficiency of the equivalent product in the baseline year. USHIO calculates a product's environmental efficiency by dividing product value (performance) by environmental impact. Product value is calculated by multiplying energy output by lifespan. Environmental impact is calculated with this formula: √ [(Energy input)²+(3R volume)²＋(Chemical substances content)²]
1. Energy output: For lamps, primarily lighting output and intensity. in the necessary wavelength range
2. Energy input: Energy consumed in using the product
3. 3R volume: Product size and weight (quantity of resources used)
4. Chemical substances content: Quantity of substances with environmental risk contained in the product For example, if the environmental factor is α for a given product, it signifies the following improvements over the baseline year
・A product performance improvement by a factor of α, assuming the product environmental impact is held constant. A product environmental impact reduction by a factor of 1/α, assuming the product performance is held constant.
Actions Regarding Environmentally Friendly Products (Green Products)
When designing products, USHIO is required to conduct an environmentally friendly product assessment. This assessment includes 60 points to be cleared, and we designate products that satisfy such necessary benchmarks, including improvement of environmental factors, as environmentally friendly products (green products).
During Phase Four of the Environmental Action Plan, the number of USHIO products certified as green products was up 341% compared to the number during Phase One of the Environmental Action Plan.
Safe, Secure and Environmentally Friendly Solutions
USHIO reviewed the concept under Phase Four of the Environmental Action Plan, namely the creation of Super Green Products, while reviewing changes in social demands during the term and working on building a new concept.
As a result of advancing social dialogue through a variety of approaches, USHIO has decided to advocate “safe, secure and environmentally friendly solutions,” and agreed to make this the theme to be officially developed starting in Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan. This concept not only includes the environment—it also includes the current countermeasures that are required as social contributions.
In response to social demands that require striking a balance between USHIO's business activities and environmental and social contributions, USHIO will align the directions of the Group's initiatives in business development and sales promotion by consolidating this concept. USHIO considers these matters to be important issues for fiscal 2017, and will advance them under Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan.
No matter how much CO2 emissions are reduced at factories, these activities are not meaningful if CO2 emissions increase when the manufactured products are actually used by customers. Meanwhile, products can provide both cost and environmental benefits for customers if they use energy-efficient products. Therefore, to quantitatively measure the environmental impact of products and services over the entire lifecycle, USHIO formulated LCA guidelines in 2006 and has implemented LCAs ever since. In fiscal 2009, LCAs were implemented for all major USHIO lamp products. Going forward, we will expand LCA activities to various devices in order to satisfy the needs of customers.