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Environmental Medium-term Plan
A Look Back at the Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Take-off

Key Targets in the Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Take-off

  • ●Grow the net sales percentage of Environment-contributing Products to 50% or more
  • ●Progress on and management of environmental impact using the same targets in Japan and overseas
  • ●Ascertain environmental impacts other than greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., water  
  • ●Ascertain environmental impact throughout the supply chain (Scope 3)
  • ●Participation of all business sites and all employees in Sekisui Environment Week

Sustainability Plan: Take-off

FY2016Performance under Environmental Medium-term Plan

FY2016 performance under the environmental medium-term plan was as follows.

 

Expand and create markets for Environment-contributing Products

Fiscal 2016 Sales Ratio Target: 50% or more


Target Not Achieved with 45.2%

Fiscal 2016 Target for Newly Registered Products: 10 / Cumulative Products: 30
Fiscal 2016: Target Achieved with
8 Newly Registered Products /
45 Cumulative Products

Analysis

Reasons for missed targets:

  • Lower sales of homes with photovoltaic systems, HEMS and storage batteries installed
  • Weaker sales due to pivot in infrastructure business (review of overseas development, installation services)
  • Although new products increasing, scale of sales small soon after launch

 

Changes in Environmental Medium-term Plan through Fiscal 2016, Agenda:

  • Introduce area contribution concept
  • Expand evaluation scope to contributions to solving issues, such as disaster prevention and mitigation
  • Visualize the value of environmental contributions from products and businesses based on LCIA evaluations (implement for products that represent 90% of sales of Environment-contributing Products)

 

Under the new Environmental Medium-term Plan, the Sekisui Chemical Group intends to increase its environmental contributions through business by aiming to expand markets by creating products that are able to make a return on natural capital. We will consider increasing products that are able to make a return on natural capital, taking into account contributions to natural capital from solving issues affecting the social environment, such as human capital and social capital, in addition to solving issues related to the natural environment. Moreover, we will disclose information based on the visualized value of environmental contributions from products and businesses in a bid to raise awareness of these contributions in society, and enhance efforts to reflect this back in business.

 

Environment-Contributing Products Sales and Sales-Ratio Trends / Registrations and typical registrations of Environment-contributing Products

* In fiscal 2016, 8 products were newly registered.

Reduce environmental impact

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Fiscal 2016 Target Maintain total volume (from fiscal 2013 benchmark)

Achieved target for a 0.3% reduction
(11.3% reduction in Japan, 7.5% increase overseas)

Achieved target for a 0.3% reduction (11.3% reduction in Japan, 7.5% increase overseas)

Missed target for a 2.3% reduction
(3.9% reduction in Japan, 6.6% increase overseas)

Analysis

  • Energy savings from review of facilities
  • Major reductions at overseas business sites

 

We intend to make even more reductions by strengthening ECO-JIT activities while visualizing environmental loads and reinforcing initiatives to conserve energy at domestic and overseas business sites.


Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions during Manufacturing / Japan

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions during Manufacturing / Japan

Energy Usage and per Unit of Output (Index) during Manufacturing / Japan

Energy Usage and per Unit of Output (Index) during Manufacturing / Japan

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions during Manufacturing / Overseas

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions during Manufacturing / Overseas

Energy Usage and per Unit of Output (Index) during Manufacturing / Overseas

Energy Usage and per Unit of Output (Index) during Manufacturing / Overseas

 

Waste volume: Fiscal 2016 target: 12% reduction per unit of output (from fiscal 2013 benchmark)

Missed target for a 7.5% increase
(Japan: 9.9% increase; Overseas: 4.2% reduction)

Analysis

  • Reduction in production volume in reorganization of domestic business sites, increase in waste from bringing outsourced processes in-house
  • Measures reach higher stage overseas

 

The Sekisui Chemical Group aims to reduce waste by promoting even-leveled production, developing recycling technologies, reducing the defect ratio, recycling lumber remnants, and advancing zero emissions initiatives at overseas business sites.

 

 

Waste Generated by Production Sites and per Unit of Output (index)

 

 

Conserving the natural environment

Sekisui Environment Week

 

Employee participation rate in Sekisui Environment Week: Fiscal 2016 target: 100% of all employees participate

Missed employee participation at 70%

Analysis

  • Insufficient encouragement of individual activities

 

The Sekisui Chemical Group aims to encourage individual activities and full employee participation in events sponsored by business sites, by raising awareness through case studies of individual activities, while horizontally spreading examples of full employee participation.

 

Employee participation rate in Sekisui Environment Week

Employee participation rate in Sekisui Environment Week

 

Targets and Results of Initiatives under Environmental Medium-term SEKISUI Environmental Sustainability Plan Take-off (FY 2014-2016)

 

Targets and Results of Initiatives under Environmental Medium-term SEKISUI Environmental Sustainability Plan Take-off

 

New Environmental Medium-term Plan
Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate
(2017-2019)

The Sekisui Chemical Group has started promoting the second stage of its environmental medium-term plan based on back-casting* from the Long-term Environmental Management Vision.

In fiscal 2017, the Sekisui Chemical Group formulated a new three-year environmental medium-term plan through fiscal 2019, and put it into action. As suggested by its name, Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate, the new medium-term environmental plan aims to accelerate initiatives toward the objectives of the Long-term Environmental Management Vision.

In focused initiative categories, we will reduce greenhouse gases and expand Environment-contributing Products. Under the Paris Agreement that adopted COP 21 (*) in 2015, each country made a commitment to meet national targets for reducing CO2 emissions. Japan set a target to reduce CO2 emissions 26% by 2030 from fiscal 2013 levels. The Sekisui Chemical Group has a responsibility as a Japanese company to also reduce CO2 emissions, and has set its sights on reductions equal to or in excess of the national target.

As for reducing greenhouse gases, the Sekisui Chemical Group has set a target for reducing total CO2 emissions from business activities by 6% under its new environmental medium-term plan, even while aiming for further growth in business. In order to make steady progress toward achieving this target, Sekisui Chemical plans to invest heavily and came up with measures to facilitate internal investments amounting to \12 billion, equivalent to 0.3% of net sales. These measures went into force in January 2017.

Regarding Environment-contributing Products, Sekisui Chemical aims to increase contributions by expanding frameworks to also encompass the social environment, including human capital and social capital, going beyond the natural environment for certifications of Environment-contributing Products under its new environmental medium-term plan. The Sekisui Chemical Group aims to improve people’s lifestyles and the global environment. Issues raised by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 are in need of solutions, such as improving people’s lifestyles by promoting welfare and health as well as securing robust infrastructure, and improving the global environment by addressing and slowing climate change. Our aim is to create products and services that have a major impact on solving these issues, and accelerate growth in markets for Environment-contributing Products.

* COP 21: 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

New Medium-term Environmental Plan Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate (2017-2019)


  • ●Net sales percentage of Environment-contributing Products: 60% or more
  • ●Reduce greenhouse gas emissions: at least 6% (compared with fiscal 2013)
  • ●Maintain water resources (volume and quality): Reduce usage at least 3%, reduce COD volume at least 3% (compared with fiscal 2016)
  • ●Participation of all business sites and all employees in Sekisui Environment Week
  • ●Integrated Indicator Sekisui Environment Sustainability Index progress meter: Return to natural capital of at least 90%

New Environmental Medium-term Plan Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate (FY 2017-2019)

 

New Medium-term Environmental Plan Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate (FY 2017-2019)


New Medium-term Environmental Plan Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Plan: Accelerate (2017-2019)