Kuraray’s Approach to Environment
We believe that the Kuraray Group’s mission is to manufacture basic and intermediate materials that will contribute to creating a low-carbon and environment-friendly society and minimize their environmental impact as much as possible. Based on this philosophy, we continue to conserve the environment through global manufacturing, including the promotion of measures against global warming, reduction of chemical substance emissions, and effective use of resources.
Kuraray Group Environmental Policy
The Kuraray Group has established the Kuraray Group Environmental Policy, and is promoting environmental conservation activities. Based on the Kuraray Group Environmental Activity Management Rule, these activities are carried out for constant improvement in the P (plan) D (do) C (check and evaluate) A (act and improve) cycle in cooperation with Kuraray plants / subsidiaries and the head office. Those plants and subsidiaries have acquired ISO 14001(Environmental Management Systems) certification and are steadily operating ISO 14001 systems.
- 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.
- We give maximum consideration to the environment in conducting our business operations.
- We conduct perpetual environmental improvement activities.
- We develop technologies and products which contribute to improvement of the environment.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Actively promote the improvement of energy efficiency, fuel conversion, and the utilization of sustainable energy such as biomass fuel. Continuously engage in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce emission of hazardous chemicals into the environment
Promote replacement with less hazardous chemicals and continuously reduce emissions, and strive to minimize the emission of hazardous chemicals into the air, water, and soil.
- Reduce the volume of waste
Promote reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste, and strive to minimize the volume of waste resulting from business operations.
- Promote efficient utilization of water resources
Recognizing that water is a limited resource, strive to minimize the amount of water necessary for business operations by promoting the optimization of operation conditions and recycling.
Develop and provide environmental improvement technologies and products with low environmental load
Strive to develop and provide technologies that reduce the environmental load throughout the entire lifecycle, and contribute to the environment.
Reduce environmental load in procurement (raw materials, supplies, and equipment) and logistics
Strive to procure environment-friendly materials, supplies, and equipment, while at the same time reducing the environmental load in the logistics process (transportation and storage).
- Consideration to biodiversity
Give maximum consideration to biodiversity, and strive to preserve biodiversity and engage in the sustainable use of biological resources.
- Proactively disclose environmental information and promote dialogue with society
Proactively disclose corporate information regarding the environment (including risk information), and promote dialogue with the local community and society as a whole in order to build mutual understanding and trust.
Increase employee awareness of the environment and improve the level of environmental management
Increase employee awareness and understanding of the environment through training and internal communications. Improve the level of environmental management by deploying environment activity management systems and environmental accounting.
Environmental Conservation Management
In fiscal 2021, no leak accidents of chemical substances and waste that cause severe damage to the environment were reported, although there were minor problems such as a temporary exceedance of standard values. The statutory effluent standards for emissions into the atmosphere and public waters are strictly observed by the Kuraray Group in Japan, and there were no incidents causing a significant impact on the atmosphere, bodies of public water such as rivers, underground water, marine water, soil, and so on. 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 (PCB Special Measures Act). The Kuraray Group outside Japan also manages the concentration of exhaust gases such as soot and smoke and the quality of wastewater in accordance with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions where its production sites are located.
Fiscal 2021 Environmental Targets and Results
The Kuraray Group carried out previous Medium-Term Environmental Plan for three years from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2020. We set targets and carried out activities for a single year in fiscal 2021 as an extension of the policies of the previous Medium-Term Environmental Plan. Environment-related targets and plans for 2022 and beyond are set within the Sustainability Medium-Term Plan (2022-2026). Specific numerical targets and results for fiscal 2021 are shown in the table below.
Material Flow in Business Activities
The Kuraray Group uses large amount of 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.
Collaboration with industry associations
The Kuraray Group has joined Japan Chemical Fibers Association (committee member), Japan Chemical Industry Association (member), and Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (member) to enhance our environmental management efforts, and engages in a broad range of activities, such as reduction of GHG emissions, energy conservation, reduction of chemical substance emissions, and prevention of marine plastic pollution, in cooperation with the industry in order to address global environmental issues.