CSR

Resource Efficiency

Working to reduce waste and increase recycling throughout the life cycle of products

 

Basic ConceptPursuing the Three R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) throughout the Product Life Cycle

The Sekisui Chemical Group aims to thoroughly reduce, reuse, and recycle (the Three R's) throughout the product life cycle. We also engage in Zero Waste Emissions Activities with the intention to reuse as resources all the waste we generate from our business activities.

 

3R

 

FY2016 Performance and Directions for the FutureNew waste reduction initiatives

Zero Emissions

The Sekisui Chemical Group has set the ambitious target of reducing the amount of waste generated per unit of output by 4% every year compared with the fiscal 2013 level. Under the environmental medium-term plan that began in fiscal 2017, we have set a target for reducing the amount of waste generated per unit of output by 1% every year compared with the fiscal 2016 level. Changing our perspective on reducing waste by improving production efficiency, we are taking on the challenge of shifting our emphasis from simply selling waste materials as valuable materials to generating additional value using resin processing technologies developed to date.

The Sekisui Chemical Group is promoting zero emissions at overseas production sites. While domestic Group facilities have been certified under standards calling for zero direct landfill waste and no incineration without heat recovery in Japan, many sites overseas still bury waste. Under these circumstances, Europe-based Sekisui Alveo BS GmbH was certified in fiscal 2016.

 

Zero EmissionsAiming for zero waste emissions at business sites

In our environmental medium-term plan through fiscal 2016, we aimed to achieve zero waste emissions at four plants in Japan and eight plants overseas.

In fiscal 2016, we scored new achievements in zero waste emissions at three plants in Japan (Yamanashi Sekisui Co., Ltd., Hanyu Sekisui Co., Ltd.'s main plant and Tohoku Plant) and one overseas plant (Sekisui Alveo BS GmbH). Over the course of the three years (2014-2016) of the environmental medium-term plan, we achieved zero waste emissions at five plants in Japan and at seven overseas plants.

 

Zero Emissions Achievement Criteria and Accreditation System of the Sekisui Chemical Group

(1) Not engaging in any outside incineration without thermal utilization (thermal recycling), or landfill outside or inside of facilities (recycling ratio: 100%)

(2) If the waste quantity is small and it is a type of waste that has never been recycled before, recycling methods and relevant contractors must be identified and a service agreement must be executed.
We also have established uniform evaluation criteria known as the Zero Emissions Achievement Evaluation List. We have established a system designed to conduct internal checks and issue approvals for the status of observance of the evaluation criteria as well as legal compliance, rules and signage for waste segregation and storage, management of related facilities, and waste reduction planning and management. The list obliges us to conduct inspection of outside contractors and to clarify treatment routes in order to enhance the management system through these activities.

Status of Zero Emissions Achievement

Status of Zero Emissions Achievement
 

Waste Generated by Production Sites

Note: Overseas figures have been revised retroactively.

Waste Generated by Production Sites and per Unit of Output (Index) / Japan

Waste Generated by Production Sites and per Unit of Output (Index) / Overseas

Waste Generated by Production Sites

 
The per unit of output index has been revised retroactively for past fiscal years to improve precision.

 

Fiscal 2016 Annual Production Site Waste Generation and Disposal Conditions / Japan

Change over previous year is in ( ) and proportion of total waste generation is in [ ].

 

Breakdown of Generated Waste / Japan

Breakdown of Generated Waste / Japan

 

Waste Generated by House Construction Sites

Waste Generated by New House Construction (per House) / Japan

Waste Generated by New House Construction (per House) / Japan
 

Waste Generated by Office Buildings

Copier Paper Use at Offices per Unit of Output (Index)

Copier Paper Use at Offices per Unit of Output (Index)
 

Waste Treatment Methods / Overseas

Waste Treatment Methods

Waste Treatment Methods

Note: See Open with New Windowthe Corporate Governance for details.See page 17 of the Data Book for the scope of summation