Environmental Efficiency / Environmental Accounting

We assess the environmental efficiency of our production and research sites to evaluate their environmental efforts in a quantitative form. In addition, we have disclosed environmental accounting data in reference to the Environmental Accounting Guidelines (2005 edition) issued by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

● Assessment of Environmental Efficiency

We disclose an indicator that shows the efficiency of our environmental conservation activities in reducing environmental impact. To calculate this indicator, we classify the company’s environmental impacts into five categories: chemical substances, global warming, waste, water quality, and air quality. We then select a typical environmental factor for each of the categories and divide their amount of environmental impact by the net sales in the relevant fiscal year. The resulting figure is then used to assess the level of reduction in environmental impact achieved through environmental conservation activities.
The environmental efficiency indicator for FY2016 improved by 33.2 points compared to FY2005. This was due to sales growth although CO2 emissions, BOD load, and NOx emissions recorded a year-on-year increase.
We will remain committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving the environmental efficiency indicator.

Assessment of Environmental Efficiency (Indicator with a score of 100 representing the level in 2005)

● Environmental Costs and Effects in FY2016

The environmental investment at our main production and research sites during FY2016 was for global warming countermeasures and other environmental measures.

Environmental Costs (Including Depreciation Costs)

(Thousands of Yen)

Category Environmental costs Amount of investment in environmental equipment
FY2015 FY2016 FY2015 FY2016
1: Pollution prevention costs (prevention of air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, groundwater pollution, hazardous chemicals, noise, vibration and offensive odors) 102,270 92,158 0 5,798
2: Global environment conservation costs (prevention of global warming and environmental conservation) 347,727 351,425 572,469 532,328
3: Resource circulation costs (reduction of waste, proper treatment of waste, and efficient use of resources) 100,827 93,809 0 0
4: Administration activity costs (time and costs spent for relevant committees, ISO activities, and environmental management) 10,908 8,706
5: Research and development costs 211,741 159,912
6: Community activity costs (cleanup and tree-planting activities on business sites and in surrounding areas, etc.) 1,098 1,114
Total 774,571 707,124 572,469 538,126

Environmental Conservation Effects

Environmental performance indicators Change in the amount of environmental impact Environmental impact
FY2015 FY2016 FY2015 FY2016
Effects related to business area costs SOx emissions (tons) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
NOx emissions (tons) 0.23 2.07 11.73 13.80
Water use (10,000 m³) -1.17 0.30 29.54 29.84
BOD load (tons) -0.56 0.46 1.92 2.38
CO2 emissions (10,000 tons-CO2) 0.00 0.19 2.21 2.40
Energy use (10,000 GJ) 0.27 4.27 48.45 52.72
Total waste discharge (tons) -24.89 99.93 665.81 765.74
Final landfill disposal (tons) -0.43 -1.83 12.49 10.66

Economic Effects Associated with Environmental Conservation Activities

(Thousands of Yen)

Details of effects Total
FY2015 FY2016
1: Reduction in costs through energy-saving activities 2,307 4,384
2: Reduction in waste costs through recycling activities 0 0
3: Profit on sales from waste recycling 1,424 5,569
Annual total 3,731 9,953