Global Warming Mitigation

Ushio has set a target of 21% reduction (SCOPE1+2) by 2030 compared to FY2017, considering the future of the “2020 Environmental Vision”. However, we reviewed this in November of last year and changed it to a reduction of 33% from the fiscal 2017 level (target significantly below 2°C). 

Thoughts and Countermeasures on Climate Change (SCOPE 1 and 2)

 

There is a concern that global warming can impact climate change. Even though we are only a single group of companies, we are moving ahead with the idea that countermeasures are a priority item when it comes to avoiding impacts on the business caused by natural disasters and developing in a sustainable manner.
With regard to climate change, we are taking steps to mitigate it in anticipation of the Japanese government, global trends, and other climate change related factors.
As part of these efforts, we have set SBT (science based targets) targets and are promoting initiatives to reduce CO2 in order to achieve our targets. We are improving productivity and enhancing to the use of renewable energy.

As a risk of climate change, we expect tightening regulations of CO2 emissions from the use of energy. And the cost would be increased as responding to it.
Accordingly, Ushio is introducing solar power generation facilities and considering a variety of methods, including procurement of reasonable renewable energy. In particular, we have installed solar panels at the Gotemba factory and the Ushio Philippines factory. In addition, we are making every effort to conserve energy by improving productivity per a sales unit basis, and are continuing our energy-saving activities, such as conserving energy in air-conditioning systems and installing more LED lighting.

On the other hand, floods, droughts, and fires caused by extreme weather conditions around the world have proved us the necessity of recognition of the risks of a shutdown of our plants, breaking off the supply chain, and the difficulty of material procurement. Therefore, in order to reduce these risks, we are incorporating BCP perspectives in the diversification of production and material procurement as well as implementing strategic responses.

Targets and Results for FY2019 under Phase Six of the Environmental Action Plan and future initiatives

FY2019 Targets

・For Scope 1 +2, 1% reduction compared to FY2017
・Reduce CO2 output per a sales unit basis at major sites by 4% compared to FY2017
・Efforts to maintain and improve our rank under the Energy Conservation Law

Initiative

 Reduce CO2 in all Ushio group business activities and a sales unit basis at major sites
・ Assessment and reduction of life test
・ Operate energy saving mode of clean rooms 
・ Reduction of air conditioner operation in clean rooms
・ New installation of solar power generation 

FY2019 Results

・Reduce SCOPE 1 +2 by 4.8% compared to FY2017
・Sales unit basis CO2 output at major sites increased by 2.6% compared to FY2017
・ Maintained our rank under the Energy Conservation Law

Issues

・Absolute value decreased but the sales unit basis value increased due to a decrease in production in a situation where the ratio of fixed power such as clean rooms operation was high.
・Operation delay of solar power generation facility
・It is necessary to promote plans follow-up and information sharing at each site, and also to consider and implement permanent measures.

Future Initiatives

・Long-term target: By FY2030, reduce Ushio Group Scope1 + 2 CO2 emissions by 33% compared to FY2017.
・FY2022 target: Reduce Scope1 + 2 CO2 emissions from business sites by 12% compared to FY2017
・FY2020 target: Reduce Scope1 + 2 CO2 emissions from business sites 4% compared to FY2017

Results on SCOPE 1 and 2 

The Global Warming Countermeasures Committee is under the direct control of the CSR Committee, and are promoting activities to achieve SCOPE 1 and 2 targets set by the committee.
At each business site, in order to incorporate the environmental action plan into the activities of the business site, we run a PDCA cycle by utilizing the ISO system. 
SCOPE SCOPE2
(Power procurement)
SCOPE1 (Direct  emission)
Sub total City gas LPG LNG Gasoline Light oil Other
t-CO₂ 32,656 3,892 2,143 115 397 344 24 870
Percentage 89.3% 10.7% 5.9% 0.3% 1.1% 0.9% 0.1% 2.4%
※The data has been corrected. 
 

Contributing to Industry Organization Activities

Ushio promotes active participation in the Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Information Disclosure Base Maintenance Project and reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project*.
 * The Carbon Disclosure Project is a project through which institutional investors collaborate and request that companies announce their strategies regarding climate change and specific greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Disclosure Project is also the name of the non-profit organization headquartered in London that operates the project.

Initiatives at Main Business Sites

Harima Division

The Harima Division accounts for about 26% of the Ushio Group's total CO2 emissions. The Harima Division reduced CO2 emissions by 227t-CO2 in fiscal 2019 as a result of autonomous efforts such as to evaluate and reduce standby power consumption in all buildings and life tests of lamps, as well as activities to conserve energy regarding the power consumption at production facilities, to install new air-conditioning, and to restructure manufacturing lines.

Every summer and winter, Ushio cooperates with energy conservation initiatives in the Kansai region by reducing electricity usage during peak demand periods based on demand projections for production facilities and the power usage of life tests of lamps.
 

Gotemba Division

The Gotemba Division accounts for about 16% of total Group CO2 emissions. The Gotemba Division reduced CO2 emissions by 724t-CO2 in fiscal 2019 as a result of optimizing operation of clean rooms, as well as activities to conserve energy
 

Ushio Philippines, Inc.(UPI)

UPI accounts for about 14% of total Group CO2 emissions. In FY2019, we expected starting operation of recently constructed solar panels, but due to delays in construction and procedures, we will start operation in FY2020.

Award for Excellent Plant Energy Management (Gotemba Division)

The Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry bestowed on us an award from the Director-General of the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry in recognition of our excellent plant energy management. We had originally planned to upgrade aging constant temperature and humidity air conditioning systems. Taking a different approach, we instead installed radiators that take advantage of low-temperature industrial water at Gotemba to remove equipment waste heat. This allowed us to lower the required specifications for air conditioning systems and sharply reduce initial outlays and running costs. This also reduced CO2 emissions by 240t-CO2 annually.