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Progress of Sekisui Chemical Group Environmental Midterm Plan of
"SEKISUI Environmental Sustainable Plan: Take-off"
Jul 14, 2015

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD

 

<1>Environment-Contributing Products sales percentage 44.5% (FY2014). A sure and certain foothold to midterm target of 50%

 

<2>Examined the role of green areas within business grounds. Aim further to evolve as a space that assures biodiversity

 

<3>Completed the survey of water risks at production sites. Implement a detailed survey in future

 

<4>Calculated the integrated index to visualize contribution to the return of natural capital. Further examine usage

 

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (President: Teiji Koge, hereinafter called "Sekisui Chemical") and the Sekisui Chemical Group aims for an "Earth with maintained biodiversity" with regard to the long-term environmental vision "SEKISUI Environment Sustainable Vision 2030" (hereinafter called the "Long-term Vision") established in FY2014.

"SEKISUI Environment Sustainable Vision 2030"

 

"SEKISUI Environment Sustainable Vision 2030"

 

 

Long-term Vision framework: with each employee being aware of that business activities utilizes natural capital and being skilled in promoting environmental activities, SEKISUI CHEMICAL GROUP will "contribute to the return of natural capital," and realize the "Earth with maintained biodiversity" through the three contributions of "Expand and create Environment-Contributing Products", "Reduce environmental impacts", and "Conserve natural environment".

 

 

Since FY2014, the environmental midterm plan "SEKISUI Environment Sustainable Plan: Take-off" (FY2014 - FY2016) started as the first step in achieving this long-term vision. To achieve the targets set by the midterm plan, Sekisui Chemical is advancing environmental management that balances both ecology and economy by placing environmental contributions at the heart of management.

 

1. Outline of "SEKISUI Environment Sustainable Plan: Take-off" (FY2014-2016)

Activity item

Midterm Management Plan Target (FY2016)

Expand and create Environment-Contributing Products

Expanding markets

 Sales ratio: 50% or higher

Creation

 30 or more registrations (in 3 years)

Reduce environmental impact

Reduction of GHG emission

 Maintain total emission levels
 (Japan 321/overseas 459t-CO₂)

Energy reduction

 Reduction of 3% t/t (vs. FY13)

Reduction of waste generation

 Reduction of 12% t/t or more (vs. FY13)

Conserve natural environment

Improving the quality of green spaces within business sites

 Raise 10 points in the corporate green space evaluation standards (Land-Use Report Card®*1) (vs. FY13)

Sekisui Environmental Week

 Participation of all employees at all sites

Organizational reinforcement

 -Identify water risks in production sites, and establish countermeasures
 -Calculate
integrated index that reflect all activities results

*1) Land-Use Report Card®:

A sheet evaluating the extent of contributions to biodiversity in land use for business sites, based on the promotional guidelines for business land managers issued by Sustainable Business Sites®.

 

 

2. Progress of "Sekisui Environmental Sustainable Plan:Take-off" (FY 2014-2016)

FY2014 results and future plans regarding important implementation items of the environmental midterm plan are described in the table below.

Activity item

Index

2014
Target

2014
Result

Achi
eved

2015
Target

Implementation

2016
Target (Midterm Target)

Environment
-Contributing Products

Expanding markets

Sales ratio

44%

 44.5%

47%

-Visualize environmental value (contribution) and supporting businesses from the viewpoint of environmental contribution

-Resister Environment-Contributing Products by area

-Reinforce new product registration (new categories, etc.)

50%
min.

Creation

New registrations

10

22

10

30
min.

Reduce environmental impact

 

Reduction of
GHG emissions

Amount of
GHG emissions

Maintain total emission levels

 △2.5%
Japan
△5.7
overseas △0.2

Maintain total emission levels

-Promote ECO-JIT activities both in and outside Japan

-Rollout examples of energy-saving improvements

 

Maintain total emission levels

Energy reduction

Amount of energy consumed per unit of output

Reduction of 1% t/t (compared to FY13)

 +3.6%
Japan
+1.0
overseas +4.8

×


Reduction of 2% t/t
(vs.FY13)

 

Reduction
of 3% t/t
(vs.FY13)

Reduction of waste generation

Amount of waste generated per unit of output

Reduction of 4% t/t (vs. FY13)

 +8.6%
Japan
+6.5
overseas +10.9

×

Reduction of 8% t/t
(vs.FY13)

 

-Japan: Expand “waste material conferences” to achieve actual results

-Overseas: Reduce by centering on zero waste emissions activities

Reductionof 12% t/t
(vs.FY13)

Conserve natural environment

Improving
the quality of
green spaces

Corporate
green space evaluation standards (Land-Use Report Card®)

3 points up
(vs. FY13)

4.6 points up

6 points up (vs. FY13)

-Involve by proposals for each business site

10points up

Sekisui Environmental Week

Employee participant ratio

 

60%

54%
(Business site participation 88%)

×

80%
(Business site participation 100%)

-Pre-announce and verify activities

-Rollout favorable cases

-Introduce personal activities

 100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System reinforcement

Identification of water
risks

Complete water risks survey

Complete water
risks
survey

Water risk identification and countermea-sure proposals

-Implement detailed surveys at 7 overseas business sites

Water risk identification and countermea
-sure proposals

Calculation based on
the integrated index,
”Sekisui Environment Sustainability Index”
 

Complete actual results calculation

Rated 64.5 for return of natural capital, indexed to 100 as the amount of natural capital used

Feasibility judgment of management index

-Calculate Index at typical business sites

Discussion of calculations and utilization
of the integrated index as a target management index

 

Create and Expand markets of its Environment-Contributing Products<1>

(1) Results: Targets achieved

Sales ratio: 44.5%, number of newly-registered products: 22, total number of registrations: 109

Started calculations of level of environmental contribution by each product

Sales amount/ratio trends of
environment-contributing products

Trends in registration numbers

Sales amount/ratio trends of environment-contributing products

Trends in registration numbers

 

 (2) "Sales expansion" factors:

In FY2014, targets were reached through the following market expansions and new product registrations.

-Expansion of overseas markets for sound and solar control interlayer film, and electronics-based intermediate materials

-Increased registrations in new business fields (housing renovation menus, products developed overseas, intermediate materials for LCDs, medical products, etc.)

Examples

 

Examples

 

(3) Details of "level of product environmental contributions":

Started to visualize environmental contributions and visualized environmental contributions for each product and service that makes up 90% of the sales of Envionment-Contributing Products.

-Taking the calculated amount of environmental contributions to be 100%, the breakdown of the extent of contribution for each of the three environmental issues “extinction of living organisms”, “hindering growth of plants”, and “global warming” is as follows: Impact on living organisms from reductions: 6%, Impact on plants from reductions: 4%, and Control global warming: 90%.

Analysis of the level of contributions for the 3 environmental issues

Analysis of the level of contributions for the 3 environmental issues

 

Characteristics of Sekisui Chemical Group products that contribute to the environment
 (Analysis of the extent of contribution per the 3 environmental issues)

Characteristics of Sekisui Chemical Group productsthat contribute to the environment  (Analysis of the extent of contribution per the 3 environmental issues)

 

-Calculation results per product (see examples below) confirmed that among energy-saving Environment-Contributing Products, the percentage of the contribution to  controlling global warming is high, and that among resource-saving Environment-Contributing products, construction methods and services that include construction and machining are effective in reducing the impact on living organisms and plants. 

Energy-saving Environment-Contributing

*Calculation Methods

1. Determine the functional units of the product to be calculated and the product for comparison, and implement a qualitative comparison of the environmental impact during the product's lifecycle.

2. Gather data for items where there is thought to be a difference. Further, sample the coefficients of the environmental impact commensurate with the raw data that has been gathered based on the LIME2*2 method, and calculate the extent of the environmental contribution for the functional units of the product by multiplying with the data.

3. Multiply the result by the sales results for the fiscal year to calculate the extent of the environmental contribution of the product for 1 year.

*2) LIME2: 

An environmental impact evaluation method developed by Professor Norihiro Itsubo at Tokyo City University. LIME2 was customized for the calculations. Coefficients in the "MiLCA" database were used..

 

 (4) Future:

-Visualize environmental value (level of contribution), and support businesses from the viewpoint of environmental contributions

-Register Environment-Contributing Products by area (E.g., encourage the spread of environmental contribution technology in developing countries, etc.)

-Reinforce new product registration (new categories: "Disaster prevention/disaster reduction", etc.)(E.g.: Non-flammable polyurethane, highly durable products for infrastructure, etc.)

 

Reducing GHG Emissions/Reducing Amount of Energy Used

(1) Results: GHG emissions: Reached target reduction of 2.5%
       Amount of energy consumed per unit of output: Targets not achieved due to 3.6% increase

 

(2) Factors:

GHG Emissions

 (+) Promoted energy reduction by reviewing all equipment

 (+) Promoted common knowledge of energy reduction measures through caravans and energy reduction conferences, etc.

Amount of energy consumed per unit of output

 (-) Production bases of domestic businesses was recognized

 (-) Policy deployment at overseas businesses is still in the development stage

 

(3) Future:

-Rollout energy-saving improvements examples

-Reinforce all energy-saving activities (increase visibility, reinforce ECO-JIT*3 activities, encourage the switch to LED lighting, etc.)

-Reinforce environmental management activities at overseas business sites (ECO-JIT activities, etc.)

 *3) ECO-JIT: 

Activities to reduce energy costs by thoroughly identifying energy losses within the production process, and improving (upgrading) production

 

Reduction of waste generation

(1) Results: Amount of waste generated per unit of output: Targets not achieved 8.6% increase

 

(2) Factors: Production bases of domestic businesses was recognized
        Policy deployment at overseas businesses is still in the development stage

 

(3) Future:

-Share waste generation reduction methods throughout Sekisui Chemical Group

-Promote company-wide recycling technologies

-Promote zero waste emissions at overseas business sites

 

Improving the Quality of Green Spaces within Business sites <2>

(1) Results: Targets achieved. 4.6 points increase according to an evaluation using the Land-use Report Card®

 

(2) Details: 62% of business sites are up 3 points, and 5 business sites are up 10 or more points

Improving the Quality of Green Spaces within Business sites

 

(3) Factors: Implementing caravans (proposed activities suitable to the business sites based on survey results)

 

(4) Future: Propose involvement to each business site

-Survey what organisms live in the sites (HOKKAIDO SEKISUI HEIM INDUSTRY CO., LTD., KYUSHU SEKISUI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.)

-Create a biotope through employee participation (Kyoto R&D Institute, etc.)

-Create species pamphlets through employee participation

 

 (2nd) Sekisui Environmental Week 2014

(1) Results: Employee participant ratio 54%, business site participation ratio 88%

The main event was the cherry tree planting activities in Suzhou, China
(Employees and their families from 7 business sites: Approx. 170 participants, including the president and the managing directors also participating)

 

(2) Factors: Insufficient permeation of activities and insufficient promotion of personal activities

 

(3) Future:

-Pre-announce and verify activities

-Rollout favorable cases

-Introduce personal activities

President Teiji Koge in Sekisui Environmental Week 2014

President Teiji Koge
in Sekisui Environmental Week 2014

 

Water Risks<3>

(1) Results: Completed the survey of water risks at world-wide production sites

 

(2) Details: Separate areas and water risk details (water intake, water discharge, location) by level, and identify the following trends.

-Water intake: Much use of underground water

-Water discharge: Much discharge into water areas that comprise water sources

-Overall, Chinese business sites carry much water risk

 

(3) Future: Implement detailed surveys at 7 overseas business sites

 

Integrated Index <4>

(1) Results: Calculated using integrated index (="SEKISUI Environment Sustainability Index") of amount of natural capital use and return amount by business activities
 Indexed to 100 as the amount of natural capital used, its business activities rated 64.5 for return of natural capital in fiscal 2014

 

(2) Details: Comprehensive index calculated using FY2014 results.

-Verified the size of the impact of the supply chain through raw materials and products used

-Reconfirmed the importance of environmental contributions from products

-Identified potential environmental contributions per product 

Results of Integrated Index Calculations Using FY2014 Results

 

*Calculation Methods

1. Gather burden data contributing to negative impacts and contributing data*4 contributing to positive impacts on natural capital (results of activities).

2. Sample coefficients for environmental impact according to the items based on the LIME2 database, and multiply by the data.

3. Add up the impact of each factor to unify.

 *4) Contributing data:

Calculate the difference between each comparison product over the Environment-Contributing Product as its contribution

 

(3) Future:

-Discuss countermeasures to actualized problems, and review and discuss items requiring long-term involvement

-Thoroughly identify whether operations are feasible as a company-wide progress index that shows the extent to which the vision has been achieved

-Discuss calculations and actions as index per business site to promote involvement that makes good use of the business site characteristics

 

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Disclaimer

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors.
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