Pursuing to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Throughout the Product Life Cycle
Sekisui Chemical Group pursues reduction, reuse, and recycle throughout the product life cycle. In addition to Zero Waste Emissions Activities intended to reuse as resources all the waste it generates from its business activities, it also is striving to preserve water resources.
Reducing Wastes Generated
To utilize resources efficiently, Sekisui Chemical Group is focusing in particular on restraining waste generation and reusing wastes. In fiscal 2012, its production sites in Japan achieved a 19% reduction in total waste generated vs. fiscal 2007 through efforts to improve the stability and efficiency of production, such as zero-defect activities. They also reduced waste per unit of output by 11%.
While new housing construction sites originally have generated low volumes of waste, in fiscal 2012 efforts such as measuring wastes on a per-residential-unit basis, reducing excess material use through activities including adoption of a system of authorization of waste transportation covering broader areas, and activities to reduce scrap and packaging materials succeeded in reducing total waste generated per home by 27% vs. fiscal 2000 for steel frame modular housing and by 48% over the same period for timber-framed modular housing.
Zero Waste Emissions
We are carrying out Zero Waste Emissions Activities, which began in 1998, toward our goal under the Midterm Environmental Plan of achieving zero waste emissions at all subject facilities by fiscal 2013. In fiscal 2012, the percentages of facilities that had achieved this goal were 98% in Japan and 21% overseas.
In December 2012, Sekisui S-Lec Mexico S.A. de C.V. achieved zero waste emissions.
Zero Emissions Achievement Criteria and Accreditation System of Sekisui Chemical Group
- Not engaging in any outside incineration without thermal utilization(thermal recycling), or landfill outside or inside of facilities (recycling ratio:100%)
- 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.
|Production sites||Achieved at 41 plants in Japan and four overseas plants, including those of affiliates. (Includes three plants in Japan and one overseas plant that achieved zero emissions in fiscal 2012)|
|Laboratories||Achieved at all laboratories by fiscal 2012|
|New house construction sites||Achieved at all locations by fiscal 2003|
|House renovation sites||Achieved at all locations as of fiscal 2004|
|Osaka and Tokyo Headquarters buildings||Achieved as of fiscal 2005|
|Home demolition sites||As of end of fiscal 2012, 99% recycling rate for Designated Construction Materials (scrap concrete and wood chips)|
I am confident that the Zero Emissions Activities are the beginning of a new consciousness. Our task from now on is to let this new way of thinking reach our families and friends in order to spread these programs.
I am also very proud to be part of the Sekisui Chemical Group because I have realized that one of their main goals is to help our planet by making a commitment with our environment.