Environmental Management

Environmental Policy

Basic Philosophy

Ushio recognizes that coexistence with the global environment is one of the most important issues we face as a company. We will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through environmental conservation efforts in all aspects of our business activities.

Basic philosophy

Action Plan and Activity Promotion Structure for the Environment

Environmental Action Plan

Ushio has been working to mitigate its impact on the global environment for some time. Our current environmental initiatives are important to better understand the subtleties of the environment and link them to our business in order to increase the sustainable value of the company from a long-term perspective.
Looking ahead, we will continue to identify risks, ensure that we do not miss opportunities to expand Ushio's business, and take initiatives that will lead to a reduction in environmental impact, including in the supply chain.

Structure for Promoting Environmental Activities

Our activities related to the environment are implemented as a theme of the Five Management Focuses. And Sustainability Promotion Department, along with other themes, coordinates and regularly reports the executive council and the board of directors for decision-making of operational matters and instructions are given as necessary. In addition, each specialized committee is working on initiatives that reflect recent trends based on previous environmental activities. In addition, reports are made to management on each individual theme as necessary and instructions are reflected in our initiatives. Furthermore, the Director, Managing Executive Officer, Vice president COO & CSuO has been appointed as the officer in charge of climate change.


Information Disclosure in Accordance with the TCFD Recommendations

Ushio declared its support for the aims of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations in 2021 and recognizes that climate change will impact the Company’s sustainable growth. Moving forward, we will continue to use the TCFD recommendations as a basis for analyzing the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to our business and reflect this in management strategies while continuing to disclose relevant financial and management information.



With regard to the climate-related issues examined by the Sustainability Promotion Division and relevant committees, Executive council, chaired by the President and Chief Executive Officer, meets more than four times a year to discuss such issues. It reports the results of these discussions to the Board of Directors at least once a year. In addition, the Board of Directors establishes targets for climate-related issues and monitors the progress the Company is making toward achieving those targets.

Structure for Promoting Environmental Activities



Selection of Climate Change Scenarios

We have selected the 1.5°C to 2°C scenarios and the 4°C scenario from among the climate change scenarios disclosed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other organizations. Based on these scenarios, we analyzed the impact of climate change on our business up through 2050.

Analysis Process

We organized the major climate change-related risks and opportunities that impact our businesses based on external information, and collected data on future forecasts pertaining to each of these risks and opportunities. In accordance with this organization, we estimated the business impacts of transition risk and opportunities associated with the shift toward a carbon-free society, and physical risks stemming from climate change. We then identified important risks and opportunities that could impact our business up through 2050.

  • Identification of risks and opportunities
  • Collection of data on future forecasts
  • Estimation of business impact
  • Examination of countermeasures

Results of Scenario Analysis

As a result of analyzing the financial impacts of risks and opportunities of high importance, we identified that flooding and other natural disasters would have a significant impact on our production bases, especially under the 4°C scenario. Meanwhile, we confirmed that we could mitigate the impact of climate change-related risks by making appropriate insurance arrangements at the applicable production bases.

Major Climate Change-Related Risks and Opportunities Time Frame Financial Impact of Climate Change-Related Risks and Opportunities
Transition risks and opportunities Carbon pricing, carbon emission reduction targets, and policies in each country Carbon tax Medium-term Enactment of a carbon tax on GHG emissions would increase operating costs by ¥200 million under the 1.5°C scenario and by ¥160 million under the 2°C scenario.*
Rise in cost of raw materials Copper price Long-term Demand for minerals could tighten following the increased demand for low-carbon technologies (solar power generation, EV batteries, etc.). As a result, mineral prices and raw materials prices could rise.
Zinc price
Molybdenum price
Physical risks Water shortages Profit losses due to drought Medium-term Product production could be delayed or suspended due to restrictions on water intake in the wake of water shortages, and profit losses could occur as a result.
Intensification of abnormal weather Property damage and profit losses caused by floods Short-term Product production could be delayed or suspended due to damage to our production bases caused by floods. The related property damage costs and profit losses would total ¥6.68 billion under the 4℃ scenario. However, ¥6.67 billion of this amount could be covered by insurance.
Increased insurance rates Short-term Insurance rates and costs could increase due to greater risk of damages at production bases resulting from the intensification of floods and typhoons.

* Estimation based on forecasts for carbon pricing by the IEA and the amount of GHG emissions in each country


One of Ushio's Five Management Focuses is "Creating businesses with greater social value." Based on social issues such as climate change countermeasures and food problems, Ushio will propose solutions based on "light" and peripheral technologies, pursue green products for products to be provided to the market in the future, including existing ones, and strengthen its circular economy initiatives.

Risk Management

In terms of risk management, the Company appoints a responsible division as well as a responsible director or executive officer to manage individual risks. Climate-related risks are identified, evaluated, and monitored on a regular basis under a Company-wide risk management structure. Risks deemed to be significant under quarterly Company-wide risk assessments are reported to the Board of Directors.

Indicators and Targets

  • Indicators

    We have established the following two indicators and are monitoring our progress on climate change-related initiatives accordingly.

    GHG emissions (Scope 1, 2, and 3)*1
    Net sales of green products and super green products*2


    The Company’s GHG emissions are displayed on its corporate website on a consolidated basis and by region and scope. Amounts have been calculated based on the GHG Protocol.


    We certify products with enhanced environmental performance as "green products." Among these products, we certify those that make use of innovative green technologies that sets them apart from existing products as "super green products."

  • Targets

    In consideration of recent global trends related to climate change, we set targets in 2018 that were approved by the SBTi. Since then, we have made several revisions to these targets, and we currently aim to achieve a 45% reduction in Scope 1 + Scope 2 emissions by fiscal 2030, compared with fiscal 2017, and a 33% reduction in Scope 3 emissions. Additionally, we are examining specific issues we need to tackle in order to reach our target to become carbon neutral by 2050. In order to achieve these targets going forward, we will not only reduce CO₂ emissions from the activities at our divisions but also pursue the development of green products. By doing so, we will actively reduce Scope 3 emissions during product use stage.