Environmental Reporting

Environmental Management

We believe that the Kuraray Group’s mission as a material and intermediate material manufacturer is as follows:

  • Contributing to society by providing the materials and intermediate materials needed to create a low carbon society and an eco-friendly society; and
  • Producing these items with as low an environmental impact as possible.

Based on this mindset, we consistently work through global manufacturing to implement environmental improvement activities, such as promoting measures against global warming, reducing chemical substance emissions, and ensuring the beneficial use of resources.

【Notes】
As a result of the change in months in each fiscal year, the environmental data and information contained in this report including graphs are as follows.

  • ・Before fiscal 2013: Actuals in 12 months from April to March of the following year
  • ・Fiscal 2014: Actuals for 9 months from April to December + Actuals for January to March 2014 (or estimated value) [Partially overlaps with fiscal 2013]
  • ・After fiscal 2015 : Actuals for 12 months from January to December

Environmental Targets and Results

☆☆☆: Largely achieved,
☆☆: Achieved,
☆: Need to be improved

Scope FY2019 FY2020
target
Medium-term
environmental
target
(FY2020 target)
Evaluation
Target Actual
performances
Global warming prevention
Kuraray Group
in Japan
Reduce GHG emissions*1 by 13,000 tons-CO2e or more compared with FY2018 Reduced GHG emissions by 21,000 tons-CO2e or more compared with FY2018 Reduce GHG emissions by 13,000 tons-CO2e or more compared with FY2018 Improve GHG emission intensity index by 1 percentage point or more year on year ☆☆☆
Improve GHG emission intensity index by 1 percentage point or more compared with FY2018 Decreased GHG emission intensity index by 1.7 percentage points year on year Improve GHG emission intensity index by 1 percentage point or more compared with FY2019
Kuraray Group
outside Japan
Improve energy*2 intensity index by 1 percentage point or more compared with FY2018 Decreased energy intensity index by 5.0 percentage point or more compared with FY2018 Improve energy intensity index by 1 percentage point or more compared with FY2019 Improve energy intensity index by 1 percentage point or more year on year
Management of chemical
substance emissions
Kuraray Group
in Japan
Reduce JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions to less than the FY2016 level (957 tons) JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions:967 tons Reduce JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions to less than the FY2016 level (957 tons) Reduce JCIA-designated PRTR substance emissions to less than the FY2016 level (957 tons) ☆☆
Kuraray Group
outside Japan
Complying with the chemical emissions regulations of each country and region where overseas production bases are located, and conducting quantitative management.
Reduction
of waste
Kuraray Group
in Japan
Reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% relative to FY2016 (900 tons), or more Reduced waste by 2,030 tons Reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% relative to FY2016 (900 tons), or more Reduce waste by the equivalent of 1% relative to FY2016 (900 tons), or more ☆☆☆
Reduce final landfill volume to less than the FY2016 level (251 tons) Final landfill volume:
365 tons
Reduce final landfill volume to less than the FY2016 level (251 tons) Reduce final landfill volume to less than the FY2016 level (251 tons)
Kuraray Group
outside Japan
Complying with the legal requirements of each country and region where overseas production bases are located, we will continue reducing waste generation and conducting quantitative management.
Effective utilization
of water resources
Kuraray Group
in Japan
Considering the geographical conditions of Kuraray plants in Japan, we will not set a numerical target for the time being. However, we will continue to watch the water usage and save it as much as possible.
Kuraray Group
outside Japan
Improve water intensity index (except seawater) by 1% or more compared with FY2018 Decreased water intensity index (except seawater) by 5.4% or more compared with FY2018 Improve water intensity index (except seawater) by 1% or more compared with FY2019 Improve water intensity index (except seawater) by 1% or more year on year
  • *1) Greenhouse Gas
  • *2) Almost all electric power and steam is purchased from external sources at the Kuraray Group outside Japan. Because the source of supply has a large effect on GHG emissions (changes in emission factor), energy consumption is evaluated without incorporating the impact of the supply source in order to properly evaluate the activities of the Kuraray Group outside Japan.

Environmental Management System

■Environmental Conservation Promotion System

To undertake company-wide environmental conservation activities, the Kuraray Group has established the Environmental Conservation Working Team (WT) and Global Warming WT within the CSR Committee, promoting measures against global warming, managing chemical substance emissions and ensuring the beneficial use of wastes and water resource.

■Kuraray Group Environmental Basic Policy

The Kuraray Group has established the Kuraray Group Environmental Basic Policy, and is engaged in activities for environmental preservation. Furthermore, continuous improvements in its environmental activities are made by implementing a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle and improving it in the plants, group companies and head office in accordance with Kuraray Environmental Activity Management Rules. The Kuraray Group’s plants and affiliates have acquired ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) certificates and are continuing to operate.

Kuraray Group Environmental Policy

The Kuraray Group has established the following policy to contribute to the sustainable development of society and fulfill its responsibilities to future generations through business activities in harmony with environment.

Basic Policy

  1. We give maximum consideration to the environment in conducting our business operations.
  2. We conduct perpetual environmental improvement activities.
  3. We develop technologies and products which contribute to improvement of the environment.

■Environmental Impact Management

In fiscal 2019, no leak accidents of chemical substances and wastes that cause severe damage to the environment were reported. The statutory effluent standard of drainage to public waters is strictly observed by the Kuraray Group in Japan, and there was no incident causing significant impact on public waters including rivers, underground waters and marine waters. The transportation of hazardous wastes, which includes transportation of waste containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to outside disposal companies, is handled appropriately in accordance with the Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes (Act on Special Measures Against PCB Waste).

■Carrying Out the Medium-term Environmental Plan

The Kuraray Group is engaged in a three-year Medium-term Environmental Plan that started in 2018. We use a Production Intensity Index* that directly reflects the results of environmental improvement efforts at production sites.

We will implement the Mid-term Environmental Plan until 2020. We will conduct a review of the plan for the next midterm, setting new goals.

With regard to global warming prevention, the Paris Agreement, an international framework on climate change, will enter the implementation phase in 2020. In Japan, a long-term national strategy has been formulated based on the Paris Agreement with a view to realizing a “carbon-free society” with milestones in 2030 and 2050.

Progress has also been seen in discussions and activities within the production industry on marine plastic pollution and other global environmental problems. As a materials manufacturer, we have joined the Japan Initiative for Marine Environment (JaIME), and participates in discussions and exchanges of information on its activities. In light of these changes in the external environment, the Kuraray Group will steadily strive to improve the environment by thoroughly implementing the PDCA cycle for environmental improvement activities. The targets are shown in the table “Environmental Targets and Results.”

* Production Intensity Index = Converted
Production Volume/Environmental Load
Converted production volume: Production volume converted from the production volume of each product as the production volume of the reference product using a conversion factor determined based on the environmental load intensity of each product in the reference year.
Environmental Load: GHG Emissions Volume (Japan), Energy Consumption Volume (outside Japan), etc.
Converted production volume per environmental load unit. Figures are an index based on fiscal 2016 as 100. In order to reflect the results of GHG emissions reduction efforts, Kuraray newly introduced an “Intensity Index” of converted production volume to evaluate “how efficiently the company conducted production activities.” While reviewing the conversion coefficient in accordance with a change in the business environment, it helps reflect on-site environment improvement activities more clearly. Starting from fiscal 2018, Kuraray aims to improve this “Intensity Index” as an environmental objective.

■Material Flow in Business Activities

The Kuraray Group uses energy, chemical substances and water resources required for its business activities. We make quantitative surveys on the used raw materials, resources, products supplied outside the Group and emitted substances every year to help reduce environmental load associated with our business activities.

Environmental management system certifications (as of the end of December 2019)

(1) ISO14001
  • EVAL Europe NV
  • Kuraray Europe GmbH
  • Kuraray Europe GmbH Division Troisdorf
  • OOO TROSIFOL
  • Kuraray America, Inc.
  • Kuraray Asia Pacific Pte.Ltd.
  • Kuraray Korea Ltd.
  • Calgon Carbon Suzhou
  • Chemviron S.A. Feluy
  • Chemviron Carbon
  • Chemviron Italia SRL
  • Chemviron France SAS

* This includes the following group companies which reside within business sites and plants:
Kuraray Kuraflex Co., Ltd. (Okayama Plant), Kuraray Okayama Spinning Co., Ltd., Kuraray Saijo Co., Ltd., Kuraray Tamashima Co., Ltd., Kuraray Saiji Co., Ltd., ,Kuraray Techno Co., Ltd., Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.

(2) RC14001
  • Kuraray America, Inc.
  • MonoSol, LLC