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CSR Action Plan

Environment

2020 Environmental Vision

The USHIO Group is working to realize a low-carbon, recycling-oriented, biodiversity-preserving society by the year 2020. We have set these three goals as our 2020 Environmental Vision, and we have formulated an Environmental Action Plan to achieve them through our business activities. In fiscal 2017, USHIO started implementing Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan, which continues through to the final year of the 2020 Environmental Vision. USHIO has also begun considering its new vision for the year 2030.

2020 Environmental Vision

Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan

Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan was drafted by back-casting from the 2020 Environmental Vision and considering the issues under Phase Four, data analysis, and many other elements. Fiscal 2017 is the first fiscal year of this three-year plan. Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan will continue to focus on the key areas of green products, reducing CO2 emissions at business sites, CSR procurement, and resource recycling. In addition, as an initiative to shift to the 2015 version of ISO 14001, the Company is adding initiatives to prevent these efforts from losing their significance and ensure they are implemented in an efficient and businesslike manner. In particular, with regard to green products, USHIO is planning to increase corporate value by adding social demand aspects such as safety and security in addition to environmental considerations.

Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2017 to Fiscal 2019)

Implementation Status of Phase Five of the Environmental Action Plan

Environmental Themes and Activities Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019
Develop products that contribute to both the environment and society Objective: Provide safe, secure and environmentally conscious solutions Percentages of green products (GP) and Super Green Products (SG) within new products Targets Six or more products GP ratio: 75% or higher
SG ratio: 10% or higher
GP ratio: 75% or higher
SG ratio: 10% or higher
Results 12 products    
Promote the initiative within the Group Targets SG certification of one product or more Green Product Committee activities at 2 Group companies Start of GP and SG creation at initiative development points
Results SG certification of 2 products    
Entrench and promote GP activities Targets Clarify definition of solutions and scope of application
  • Registration of assessment results: 100%
  • Reformulate standard documentation: consider revising 2 or more environmental factor standards
  • Conduct external PR
  • Formulated Group implementation rules
Formulate new standards on environmental factors
Results Number of standard document reformulations: 5
Discussed effective approaches to PR on GP activities
   
Reduce CO2 emissions in business activities Objective: Reduce CO2 emissions by 3% from fiscal 2016 on a sales unit basis Manage measures at main sites Targets Reduce by 1% from fiscal 2016 on a sales unit basis
Reduce CO2 emissions from distribution by 1% from fiscal 2016 per-unit of shipments
Reduce by 1% from fiscal 2017 on a sales unit basis Reduce by 3% from fiscal 2016 on a sales unit basis
Results Proposed and managed energy conservation activities led by the six main sites. Increased by 7% on a sales unit basis    
Visualize conditions according to business changes Targets Ascertain the status of two sites where business changes have occurred Ascertain the status of business-as-usual, and set reduction targets and measures for the following year Implement reduction measures
Results Ascertained the status of two sites that had merged or transferred facility management    
Autonomous reductions Targets Autonomous target management at sales sites and small-scale sites Autonomous target management at sales sites and small-scale sites Autonomous target management at sales sites and small-scale sites
Results Implemented autonomous management    
CSR Procurement Objective: Advance CSR procurement as a group Conduct and analyze CSR surveys Targets Organize and evaluate functions and target levels at each site, agree on target levels and formulate plan for each site
  • Confirm and follow up on plan progress at each site
  • Evaluate supply chains and provide guidance and education
  • Confirm and follow up on plan progress at each site
  • Evaluate supply chains and provide guidance and education
Results Self-evaluations conducted at Group sites, and activities implemented in line with levels    
Administer according to the USHIO Group's Green Procurement Standards Targets Establish structures and systems for green procurement and management of chemical substances in products
  • Administer, maintain, and manage based on the system
  • Administer, maintain, and manage based on the system
Results Improved systems for information about chemical substances and about laws and regulations, and promoted information sharing    
Share information about harmful chemical substances in products Targets Ascertain and share information about laws and regulations with SCM
  • Ascertain and share information about laws and regulations with SCM
  • Ascertain and share information about laws and regulations with SCM
Results Ascertained and shared information about laws and regulations    
Chemical substance management, resource recycling, and bio diversity preservation Objective: Strengthen chemical substance management 1. Share information about laws and regulations

2. Work on issues for ISO improvement at each company (loss of significance, effectiveness, and improvement of internal audits, etc.)
Targets
  • Share information about laws and regulations
  • Ascertain status of ISO initiatives at each company and provide support
  • Share information about laws and regulations
  • Ascertain status of ISO initiatives at each company and provide support
  • Share information about laws and regulations
  • Ascertain status of ISO initiatives at each company and provide support
Results Completed transition at 4 of 19 target sites    
1. Reinforce management from input to output of chemical substances

2. Reduce use of water resources and evaluate water risks
Targets
  • Conduct chemical risk assessment
  • Ensure chemical information is obtained properly
  • Reduce use of water resources
  • Administer, maintain, and manage based on the system
  • Continue chemical risk assessment
  • Reduce use of water resources
  • CDP water analysis
  • Administer, maintain, and manage based on the system
  • Continue chemical risk assessment
  • Reduce use of water resources
  • Conduct water risk self assessment
Results
  • Conducted chemical risk assessment
  • Revised and formulated rules for acquisition of chemical substances
   

Reducing the Amount of Harmful Chemical Substances Used

In fiscal 2011, our efforts to reduce the amount of harmful chemical substances used included conducting a survey of the status of usage at each business site. Based on the survey findings, we decided to reduce our use of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in line with the recommendation of four electrical machinery and electronics associations in Japan. Since fiscal 2012, we have been reducing the consumption of VOCs by means of reviewing our production facilities.

Amounts of Chloroform Usage

Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2016 Fiscal 2017
8.70t 7.00t 6.80t 7.00t

Environmental Performance Data Highlights

Each year we numerically determine the environmental load of the entire USHIO Group, and use these figures to reduce environmental load, and also check the effectiveness of environmental management. Load information for each site is constantly tabulated and monitored using ECO-SYS (Environmental Management Information System), and this aids reduction of loads through real-time collaboration with each site. Going forward, the Group is working to better understand environmental burden not only in terms of business activities, but also from a carbon management perspective.

INPUT
Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2016 Fiscal 2015
Manufacturing Energy Energy (GJ) 772,013 749,047 656,772
Electric power (10,000 kWh) 7,135 3,538 5,811
Town gas (㎥) 1,104,525 769,236 526,320
LPG (kg) 22,956 26,671 33,752
LNG (kg) 136,703 114,014 113,022
Water (m³) 372,806 321,126 236,000
Chemicals (t) 8.0 8.2 8
Transportation Fuel (L) 254,852 194,588 169,201
OUTPUT
Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2016 Fiscal 2015
Manufacturing Atmospheric Emissions CO2 (t-CO2) 38,993 37,618 26,136
Waste Total output (t) 1,271 1,488 996
Total output (t) 214 268 196
Sewage Sewage (m³) 351,756 305,086 251,728
BOD (kg) 7,900 6,062 8,285
COD (kg) 3,829 3,537 3,634
Chemicals (t) 7.0 7.0 7.0
Transportation Atmospheric emissions (t-CO2) 391 466  
  • Period: April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017
  • Scope: Companies covered by consolidated environmental management
  • Chemicals (PRTR): Total volume of chemicals emitted or moved
  • *Electric power to CO2 conversion factor: In Japan: Applied separately for each electricity provider by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment; Overseas: emissions factors supplied by the electricity provider for each site. (Factors as of April 2010 used for all fiscal years).
  • *No greenhouse gases other than CO2 were emitted.
  • *Fuel is used to transport products (by truck) and by people using commercial vehicles (company cars) etc.,