CSR

Environment-contributing Products

Create and expand markets for products that display significant environmental contribution effectiveness during customer use

Environment-contributing Product certifications

For the Environment-Contributing Products of the Sekisui Chemical Group, the internal certification screening committee undertakes certifications based on criteria established in cooperation with internal committee members as well as receives opinions and advice on the validity of results from the External Advisory Board.

Evolution of Frameworks for Environment-contributing Products

Frameworks for environment-contributing products have been evolving since fiscal 2017.
While product contributions had been limited to targeting the natural environment through fiscal 2016, since fiscal 2017 these have been expanded to encompass all areas of natural capital, which includes such social environments as human capital and social capital.
Aiming to improve the global environment and the lives of people through its businesses, the Sekisui Chemical Group focuses mainly on “addressing climate change,” “promoting human health and welfare,” and “building strong infrastructure,” while Group products that contribute to solving these issues are now included within the scope “environment-contributing products.”
In accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being promoted by the United Nations, the Sekisui Chemical Group will address the above issues by contributing to the realization of these SDGs.

Environment-contributing Products

Environment-Contributing Products PRExternal promotion using pamphlets and exhibitions

In fiscal 2016 we focused on the distribution of products making a favorable contribution to the environment around the world. We created a pamphlet outlining Environment-Contributing Products that we are developing around the world, launched PR efforts for products alongside panel displays at the International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries, one of the world’s three largest plastics trade shows. We also introduced railroad-related Environment-Ccntributing Products at a railway technology exhibition in France.
In Japan, we again held the Eco-products Exhibition, an initiative that began in 2006. In fiscal 2016, we exhibited products and technologies that are either new or still in development, as well as products targeted for an expanding market under a “Resilient Future Life with Sekisui Chemical Products” theme.
We will use such venues moving forward to address emergent issues, and through communications with a variety of different companies work to create new opportunities for future-oriented innovation.

Sekisui Chemical’s thinking on “resilience”

  • Enduring strength to overcome any disaster
「The power to protect」

【Product examples】

  • Smart Heim Town
  • Thermoplastic CFRP「Skin-Rib Sheet」
  • Non-combustible polyurethane foam
    「PUXFLAME」
  • Disaster prevention / security packages
    General products for detached houses

    • Eslon high capacity rain drainage system
    • Eslon overflow socket
    • Eslon drinking water storage system
    • Eslon rain storage pod
    • Eslon pressure release lid
  • Responding to change with flexibility
「An ability to adapt」

【Product examples】

  • TEMS (Town Energy Management System)
  • DSC (Film-type solar cell)
  • Film-type Lithium-ion Battery
  • Smart Power Station/
    V to Heim
  • Luminous inter-layer film (PVB)
  • Supporting a rapid recovery

「The ability to bounce back」
  • Fractal shade
    「Airyshade」
  • Resin-based tatami mats
    「MIGUSA floor tatami mats」
  • Geothermal Eslo heat
  • Underground Eslo heating
  • Disaster prevention storage-type temporary toilet system

English version of the Environmental
Activities and Environment-contributing
Products pamphlet

Eco-products 2016 booklet introducing
Environment-contributing Products

International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries booth

Eco-products 2016 Sekisui Chemical Group booth

Environment-contributing Products

Environmental contributions by category

GHG-reducing/Energy-conserving

GHG-Reducing/Energy Creation/Energy Storage

GHG-Reducing/Other

Resource-saving (Water-conserving, Water-recycling)

Resource-saving (Waste-reducing)

Resource-saving (Raw Material-reducing)

Products that Contribute to the Performance of End Products that Contribute to the Environment (Intermediate Materials)

Emergency and Disaster-Mitigating Products (Mitigate Damage at Times of Natural Disasters)

PollutionpPrevention

Maintenance of Biodiversity

By application

Housing & lifestyle

Transportation

Infrastructure

Commercial facilities

Agricultural land

* Links to each product’s web page (Japanese)

External Advisory BoardConsidering environmental contributions of products from external perspectives

To increase the reliability and transparency of the Environment-contributing Product certification system, in fiscal 2010, the Sekisui Chemical Group established the External Advisory Board, with members from third-party organizations. Chaired by the CSR managing director at Sekisui Chemical, meetings include management from each division company, the R&D managing director, and environment managers, who receive a wide range of advice and recommendations from these advisors.
In fiscal 2016, opinions were gathered about each Environment-contributing Product as well as in regard to the evolution on the Environment-contributing Product framework. When focusing on setting of contribution areas, there was renewed attention dedicated to the setting of tasks areas where issues could either be resolved or actively moved toward resolution through business activity. Moreover, when considering the contribution criteria for new issues, it was made clear that the development story should not be focused on quantitative issues, but also why the product was necessary and what contribution would it make or what issue would it resolve. Accordingly, we believe it important to consider the establishment of new criteria, as well as approval methods, for Environment-contributing Products.

Meeting of External Advisory Board

Five members of the Advisory Board (from the left, titles abbreviated)

  • Juichi Shibusawa, President of NPO “Network for Coexistence with Nature”
  • Masatsugu Taniguchi, Representative of the Resource and Environment Strategic Planning Office
  • Takehisa Kabeya, Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, Deputy Director, Department of Produce and Environmental Aspects
  • Shoichi Saito, Nikkei Business Publications, Executive Director, Environmental Management Forum
  • Minako Oishi, Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists (public corporation), Represetative Director, Deputy Chairperson, Environmental Committee

Visualization of Environmental ContributionsEnvironmental assessment and quantification of Environment-contributing Products

To clarify the amount of return in natural capital, the Sekisui Chemical Group endeavors to visualize the environmental contribution for each Environment-Contributing Product. We calculate and quantify into a single indicator (damage costs) the various contribution vectors in the life cycle of Environment-Contributing Products. We multiply the market impact, based on sales, by the environment contribution of each product to arrive at a quantifiable contribution by product, reflected in the Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Index.

How to visualize environmental contribution

  1. (1)Determine technologies and products to be compared.
  2. (2)Gather quantifiable data related to environmental impact of each stage of a product's lifecycle (from raw materials to production, transport, use and disposal).
  3. (3)Apply a coefficient* to calculate environmental impact for each factor affecting the environmental impact data obtained, and consolidate the results.
  4. (4)Environmental contribution is the difference between the coefficient-derived value in 3. above and the original value.
  • *Coefficient: Calculated using a customized version of MiLCA, a system developed by Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry using LIME2, an environmental impact assessment method created by Professor Norihiro Itsubo at Tokyo City University.

Impact on preserving the global environment

In calculating the impact on the environment for each of the Environment-Contributing Products, we broadly classify environmental issues into three areas that should be solved in our aim for biodiversity to be maintained on the planet.

  1. (1)Curb global warming
  2. (2)Impact on plants (reduce impediments to growth)
  3. (3)Impact on living organisms (reduce destruction of organisms)