Environmental Report 2017
Significance of the 2017 Environmental Report
Significance of the 2017 Environmental Report
The global environment has deteriorated due to dramatic economic growth along with greenhouse gas emissions and heavy use of resources. This has resulted in abnormal weather and adverse effects on ecosystems throughout the world. To address the situation, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement to control global warming has taken effect. The JAE Group is determined to do its part in building a better environment for the next generation to live in by taking into account international efforts such as the work to ameliorate climate change reduction and ensure resource usage is sustainable.
As a corporate citizen of the earth, the JAE Group benefits from the global environment, and as such, the Group must respond flexibly to environmental problems. We have therefore established the JAE Group Environmental Policy (click here to review the Environmental Policy) for Group members both in and outside of Japan. We are committed to taking action on climate change, environmental protection and pollution prevention. I would like to review the environmental activities that we have undertaken in fiscal 2016 based on this policy.
Across a wide range of activities such as fighting climate change, promoting green procurement, reducing our use of resources such as water, materials, and chemical substances, we were able to achieve each of our targets.
First, with regard to measures to fight global warming, an important matter, we sought to “mitigate” and “adapt” (use cursor to view definition). We also moved forward with our plans to reduce energy use on a crude oil conversion basis and streamline both energy use at each Group company, and as a result energy use per unit (use cursor to view definition) has improved. Specific initiatives included expanding the insulation of production equipment such as molding machine cylinders at production sites and installing inverters on existing equipment, as well as streamlining the production process such as by using compressed air more efficiently by switching to vacuum pumps. At the same time, we advanced our energy-saving effects by improving the operation of clean room air conditioners, and we will continue to make enhancements.
With respect to green procurement, to comply with the four substances recently added to the RoHS Directive, regulation of which begins on July 22, 2019, we will share information with suppliers based on our revised green procurement guidelines and hold explanatory meetings, and also take steps to ensure that restricted substances are not contained in products. These four types of phthalates are known to migrate to other materials and parts. Thus, in addition to controlling the content of the material itself, we are working to create a mechanism that prevents them from inclusion in materials and products during any process, from procurement to manufacturing and packaging.
Water is the source of life, and the sustainable use of water resources is a vital international issue in resource utilization. Water resources are essential to our business activities, and we have therefore worked to control water intake through recycling and reuse. In order to continue the project and protect the environment, we assessed the “water resource risk” surrounding the JAE Group and initiated activities targeting water resource management, taking into account the maintaining and securing of water resources and the preservation of biodiversity.
Turning to our environmental management system, we have continued to renew our ISO 14001 certification since fiscal 2005, when we implemented our multi-site framework in Japan.
In 2015, the ISO 14001 standard was revised, and we are striving to further integrate the standard into our business activities as we move toward its registration transfer period in 2018.
Responding to the intent of the revision, we will actively work with our customers, partners and the many other related people to reduce environmental impact and preserve the environment.
This environmental report summarizes our fiscal 2016 environmental activities. As we look to raise the bar even higher on our environmental efforts in the future, we welcome every opportunity for a free and frank exchange of views with our stakeholders.
Takaji Imai, Executive Officer
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