Sustainability Initiatives

In support of Agenda 21: Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Development, adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, we are promoting responsible care (RC) activities, a voluntary initiative to implement and improve comprehensive safety measures for chemical substances.

It is the responsibility of a company to ensure that its corporate activities do not affect the environment of surrounding areas and the entire planet, and we will implement voluntary management activities to implement and improve safety, health, and environmental measures throughout the entire life cycle of chemical substances, from development through manufacturing, distribution, use, and final consumption to disposal.

RC Basic Philosophy

Recognizing that the preservation of the global environment is one of the common challenges facing humankind, we will, based on our own responsibility in our corporate activities, give consideration to the preservation of the environment and safety throughout the entire lifecycle of our products, from development through manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal.

RC Basic Policy

  • 1.Carry out comprehensive environmental and safety management in such areas as environmental protection, operational safety and disaster prevention, occupational health and safety, chemical product safety, logistics safety, and international trade safety.
  • 2.Ensure the safety of employees and areas in the vicinity of company facilities by working to achieve zero accidents and zero disasters.
  • 3.Make efforts to save energy and resources and reduce the amount of industrial waste generated as a result of operations.
  • 4.Ensure the development and introduction of products and manufacturing processes that take environmental and safety issues into account.
  • 5.Strictly comply with laws, regulations and agreements related to the environment and safety, as well as establish and meet our own stricter voluntary standards in these areas.
  • 6.Promote logistics safety and safe chemical handling for customers.
  • 7.Carry out the Environmental and Safety Audits.
  • 8.Collect information on the environment and safety related to products, and thoroughly disseminate the information among employees and provide information to customers.
  • 9.Take care to ensure the protection of the environment and safety in overseas operations, technology transfers and the international trade of chemical products.
  • 10. Promote mutual understanding of risk by widely publicizing the details and results of our environmental and safety activities to local communities, investors, related organizations and others through environmental reports and other materials.

RC Promotion System

RC Promotion Council

The RC Promotion Council is chaired by the President and consists of the chairpersons of its committees and a few members appointed by the President. With the Safety & Environment Department serving as the secretariat, the Committee is responsible for formulating RC policies for each fiscal year and over the medium- to long-term, deliberating and deciding on important issues related to company-wide RC activities, overseeing and promoting three committees, and discussing and coordinating audit issues.

RC Promotion System

The 8th RC Action Targets (Three-year plan from FY2019 to FY2021)

We will take the following measures to achieve the 8th RC Action Targets:

  • 1Actions for zero accidents and zero disasters:
  • Strengthen safety measures by effectively using the PDCA cycle based on the 5S (Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) method

  • 2Energy-saving measures:
  • Foster improvements in the intensity of our high power-consuming facilities and promote the effective use of excess hydrogen

  • 3Reduction of final disposal amounts of industrial waste:
  • Diversify recycling destinations and improve raw material consumption intensity associated with the generation of industrial waste

  • 4Reduction of emissions of PRTR target substances:
  • Analyze the causes of increasing pollutants and enhance countermeasures

  • 5Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions:
  • Implement measures to address detailed sources toward reducing emissions of substances with high global warming potential and power-conservation measures to cut CO2 emissions

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases

We produce various compounds from fluorine and chlorine obtained by electrolysis, and we consume a large amount of electricity to perform electrolysis, and in line with the government's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46% from the FY2013 level by FY2030, we will continue to reduce our emissions.

We have been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from non-energy sources since 2009 with the introduction of detoxification equipment, and have made significant progress, achieving a 98.5% reduction in FY2020 compared to FY2013. Furthermore, in order to proactively tackle climate change, we are focusing on reducing energy sources greenhouse gas emissions, and in FY2020, we reduced energy sources greenhouse gas emissions by 14.9% compared to FY2013 by improving production efficiency.

Detoxification equipment for greenhouse gas

As a result, we have achieved an overall reduction of 86.2% in greenhouse gases. We are currently working on calculating the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 3) throughout the supply chain, from the purchase of raw materials to their use and disposal by customers, and on that basis we will create a roadmap for carbon neutrality and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain.

In order to expand the use of renewable energy, we are also planning to install solar cell power generation systems in plants.

The 8th RC Action Targets

  • Target: Reduce CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by 10% compared to FY2018 levels (3.3% reduction per year).
  • Result: 23.9% reduction in FY2020 compared to FY2018 (86.2% reduction compared to FY2013)

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Non-energy Sources

Emissions of PFCs, HFCs, and SF6

Emissions of PFCs, HFCs, and SF6

Emissions of NF3

Emissions of NF3

Improvement of Energy Consumption per Unit of Production

Although we are continuing to implement proactive activities such as improving power-hungry facilities and reducing steam intensity, the effects of these improvements were canceled out in FY2020, as production exceeded the operational load at which high-efficiency operation can be maintained in order to meet the rapid increase in demand for semiconductors.

The 8th RC Action Targets

  • Target: Reduce energy consumption (crude oil equivalent) per factory production volume by 3% compared to FY2018 (1% reduction per year).
  • Result: Shibukawa Plant increased its production by 0.7% and the Mizushima Plant reduced its production by 0.9% in FY2020 compared to FY2018.

Trends in energy consumption per unit of production
(Indicated with FY2018 as 100)

Trends in energy consumption per unit of production