● Water Withdrawal
Promoting Effective Use of Resources
In order to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities, we are pursuing initiatives that will reduce annual water intake (tap water, industrial-use water, etc.) at Group business operating sites in Japan by 5% by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024 (intensity compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019). For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, a reduction of 0.7% in annual water intake was achieved (compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019), while the intensity of water intake increased 18% (compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019), thus failing to meet the 2% reduction annual target. We are pursuing efficient water use at our development and production sites and implementing advanced wastewater purification based on our own in-house standards, which are stricter than the legal and regulatory standards, thereby ensuring management of wastewater quality as well as facilitating environmental conservation of the water system which receives the wastewater.
Additionally, we are actively developing technology aimed at reducing water consumption by operating our products at customer sites.
● Water Withdrawal
In order to reduce the environmental impact associated with our business activities, by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024, we aim to improve the recycling rate by 98% and more, as well as reduce waste and valuable material disposal (intensity per unit weight of product shipments) for business operating sites in Japan by 5% compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. We make efforts to use natural materials effectively, reduce waste and recycle materials wherever possible. We strictly manage how to dispose industrial waste so that it is not treated improperly. We periodically visit all the waste disposal contractors handling the steps of the waste disposal process from our facilities to final disposal sites, and conform they carry out waste processing appropriately. If we find any defects that need to be addressed, we swiftly instruct them to take corrective action and require proper waste disposal management. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, waste and valuable material disposal increased 3.5%(intensity per unit weight of product shipments) compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, and a recycling rate of 94.4% was achieved. We are working to identify and address issues that will allow us to further reduce waste and raise our recycling rate up to each target level.
● Waste and Valuable Material Disposal Volume
Waste Plastic Reduction - Bubble Wrap Reduction Activities by SPE -
We wrap our products in multiple sheets of bubble wrap in order to ensure their quality is not compromised during delivery. After delivery of the product, this bubble wrap becomes industrial waste. At SPE, an initiative was undertaken to rethink how product packaging is performed to somehow reduce the volume of this waste. SPE worked together with SCREEN Logistics to review the packaging process at each stage and perform repeated delivery tests, from which was developed a method for safe delivery of products without the need for any bubble wrap.
As a result, the reduction effect of plastic waste was about 6 tons compared to the previous year, and synergistic effects such as reducing worker-hours of packing work and improving work efficiency by making it easier to see the appearance of products were also generated.