In fiscal 2018, emissions of PRTR substances* of the entire Kuraray Group in Japan totaled 1,004 tons (925 tons into the atmosphere and 79 tons into water areas). As a result, they have gone down in comparison with fiscal 2017, but have not yet reached the figures achieved in fiscal 2016 (less than 957 tons) set as a target in our Mid-term Plan.
The emissions of the Kuraray group companies outside Japan showed an increasing trend up to the previous fiscal year because we incorporated new business through M&As and the capacity utilization of production sites rose. However, we are working to control emissions while complying with the strict regulations for chemical substances of each country. As a result, the emissions of Kuraray group companies outside Japan totaled 633 tons in fiscal 2018.
* Substances subject to the PRTR Act and substances designated by the Japan Chemical Industry Association