Environmental Management

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UACJ Group Basic Environmental Policies

Corporate Philosophy

The UACJ Group is thankful for the earth and the abundance of life it supports, and recognizes that the fate of all living things hangs on the condition of the earth’s environment. Therefore, we see protection of the global environment and the promotion of a recycling-oriented society as one of our highest priorities and are committed to reducing environmental impact in all aspects of our business activities.

Guidelines

  1. We will make the necessary organizational arrangements and allocate the required management resources to advance activities that are cognizant of the need to protect the global environment.
  2. We will work to continuously improve the quality of our environmental protection activities by assessing the environmental impacts of our present and future business activities and using the results to establish technologically and economically practical environmental improvement measures and specific objectives.
  3. We will abide by environmental laws, regulations, and agreements, and formulate our own standards in actively working to protect the environment. At the same time, we will advance activities cognizant of the need to improve work environments, as well.
  4. We will work to reduce our resource and energy usage, promote recycling, and reduce waste in all areas of our business activities, including the environmental impacts of the products we handle.
  5. We will work to maintain or improve the environment by conducting environmental audits and constantly revising environmental management items and standards.
  6. We will work to raise environmental awareness among all of our employees by using internal Group-wide communications activities and other measures to promote understanding of our basic stance on the environment.
  7. We will contribute to and develop ties with local communities.

Given our basic stance on the environment, as set forth above, we are pursuing the following activities.

  1. Measures to fight global warming and reduce CO2
    1. (1)Advancement of energy-saving measures
    2. (2)Advancement of fuel conversion
  2. Development of a recycling-oriented society
    1. (1)Advancement of the 3R(*1) resource conservation measures
    2. (2)Increasing our scrap usage ratio
    3. (3)Reduction of industrial waste generated
    4. (4)Reduction of landfill waste generated
  3. Proper control of chemical substances
    1. (1)Proper control of chemical substances in products
    2. (2)Reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    3. (3)Reduction of PRTR(*2) substances
    4. (4)Establishment of an environmental quality management system that is trusted by customers
  4. Compliance with laws and ordinances
    Compliance with domestic and overseas laws and ordinances
  5. Establishment of an environmental management system
    Continuous improvement and enhancement of our environmental stewardship through the application of an environmental management system.
  6. Promotion of environmental education
    Steps to enlighten all employees and raise their awareness on environmental matters.
  7. Improvement of the environmental performance of aluminum products
    Contributions to the improvement of the environmental performance of our customers’ products by developing and providing materials that make the most of aluminum’s beauty and its environmentally harmonious characteristics of being light-weight and rustproof
  8. 8. Contributions to and ties with local communities.
  • *1 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • *2 The PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Law promotes improvement in the determination and control of amounts of designated chemical substances released into the environment.

UACJ Group Environmental Management Direction

UACJ Group Fiscal 2016 Environmental Management Direction

Fiscal 2016 UACJ Group Environmental Management Direction

Area Objective
Elimination of environmental accidents Zero accidents
Advancement of measures to fight global warming Per-unit-production reduction of energy consumption
Building of a recycling-oriented society Per-unit-production reduction of industrial waste volume
Objective Continuation of zero emissions
Proper control of chemical substances Per-unit-production reduction of PRTR-controlled VOCs

The environmental management direction for fiscal 2015 will be maintained for fiscal 2016.

Approach to Environmental Management

To advance environmental activities internally and raise the environmental awareness of employees, the UACJ Group has established the Environmental Committee as a body that represents the entirety of the Group.

The Environmental Committee, chaired by the Chief Environmental Officer, has a membership consisting of UACJ executives, plant managers, and presidents of principal Group companies . The committee meets once a year, in principle, to be updated on the status of environmental activities, and discuss aims and objectives for the following fiscal year’s environmental activities.

To link environmental activity objectives with business activities and reliably work for their achievement, we have established the Safety & Environment Department as a unit responsible for implementation. The Safety & Environment Department holds meetings for Environmental Managers, conducts Executive Environmental Inspections, and organizes subcommittees on topics such as industrial waste and energy saving in performing the function of implementing and refining environmental activities.

Environmental Manager Meetings

The Environmental Managers of UACJ’s four main works, and principal extrusion, foil manufacturing, copper tube, and precision-machined components plants come together in meetings where they review progress in achieving the UACJ Group’s environmental objectives, and share information on matters like changes in relevant laws.

Environmental Management Organization

Flg. Environmental Management Organization

Environmental Management System

Environmental management systems are in place at each of the UACJ Group’s business locations, and nearly all of our plants have obtained the ISO14001 certification. Some of our smaller business locations have obtained the Eco-Action 21 certification by following the guidelines formulated by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

ISO standards are periodically reviewed and updated. The ISO14001 standard was updated last year with the issuance of the 2015 edition. Business locations that have obtained the ISO14001 certification have already begun to take the steps necessary to update their certifications under the revised standard. Exactly when this will be accomplished will differ depending on the circumstances at individual business locations. Plans, however, are for all certification updates to be completed by the September 14, 2018 deadline.

ISO14001 Certifications (as of August 31, 2016)

Business Location Certifying Institution Certification Number Date Obtained
Nagoya Works JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E440 2002.4
Fukui Works Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 00484-2002-AE-KOB-RvA 2002.4
Fukaya Works Japan Standards Association JSAE545 2002.7
Nikko Works Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 1851-2002-AE-KOB-RvA/JAB 2002.3
UACJ Color Aluminum Corporation Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 00789-2003-AE-KOB-RvA 2003.5
UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 00583-2002-AE-KOB-RvA 2002.9
UACJ Extrusion Nagoya Corporation, Nagoya Works , Anjo Works JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E440 2002.4
UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 00583-2002-AE-KOB-RvA 2002.9
UACJ Extrusion Gunma Corporation JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E773 2004.1
UACJ Foil Corporation, Shiga Works, Nogi Works Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 1423-1999-AE-KOB-RvA 1999.1
UACJ Foil Corporation, Isezaki Plant JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E771 2004.1
Nikkin Co., Ltd. Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 20221-2008-AE-KOB-RvA 2008.2
UACJ Foundry & Forging Corporation Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 00583-2002-AE-KOB-RvA 2002.9
HIGASHI NIHON TANZO CO., LTD. Det Norske Veritas(DNV) 00583-2002-AE-KOB-RvA 2002.9
UACJ Copper Tube Corporation JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E281 2001.5
Toyo Fitting Co., Ltd. JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E1610 2006.3
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Sendai Works, Osaka Works, Hiroshima Works Japan Quality Assurance Organization JQA-EM3314 2003.8
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Ena Works The High Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan 04ER-420 2004.3
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Shiga Works Japan Quality Assurance Organization JQA-EM6018 2007.12
NALCO Koriyama Co., Ltd. JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.(JICQA) E1711 2007.2

Eco-Action 21 (as of August 31, 2016)

Business Location Certifying Institution Certification Number Date Obtained
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Narita Works Chibaken Kankyo Zaidan 0000341 2005.5

Executive Environmental Inspections

Executive Environmental Inspections are carried out at Group business locations in Japan to prevent environmental problems, propose and advance implementation of measures for eliminating or mitigating risk, and ensure thorough compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

The inspection team, consisting of the Chief Environmental Officer and representatives from the Safety & Environment Department, visits business locations, receives reports on local environmental management, and checks local conditions in gathering information on matters such as legal and regulatory compliance, and the status of improvement activities. When matters requiring improvement are identified, the Safety & Environment Department provides guidance and support in taking the necessary corrective action. Through this approach, the quality of environmental management throughout the Group is being raised from the bottom up.

In fiscal 2015, Executive Environmental Inspections were conducted in each business area at a total of 26 business locations. Combined with inspections conducted in fiscal 2014, all business locations subject to Executive Environmental Inspections were inspected over that two-fiscal-year period.

Status of Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

On May 27, 2015, an accident, in which wastewater with a COD (chemical oxygen demand) of 195mg/L was released into a river, occurred at the Shiga Works of Nalco Iwai Co., Ltd. That concentration exceeded our own standard of 30mg/L and the legal standard of 160mg/L. The cause of the problem, however, was quickly identified and remedied, and the problematic release was kept to a minimum, with no detectable impact on the river.

Environment-Related Investment

The UACJ Group’s fiscal 2015 environment-related investments totaled approximately 1.0 billion yen. These funds were used for purposes such as reconstruction of wastewater treatment facilities (Nagoya Works), updating facilities related to an alumite line (Nalco Ena Co., Ltd.), and updating devices and converting to LED lighting to save energy (individual business locations).

Environmental Education

We conduct environmental education for all employees as another measure for fulfilling our social responsibility to protect the global environment.

The Safety & Environment Department and the environment units of individual business locations lead environmental education initiatives. The Safety & Environment Department conducts fundamental environmental education activities, the purposes of which are to enlighten and raise awareness of environmental protection, and promote understanding of the UACJ Group’s Basic Stance on the Environment. Meanwhile, the environment units of individual business locations carry out environmental education initiatives to foster the skills and numbers of internal auditors needed to ensure that each business location conducts its daily activities with sensitivity toward the environment.

We encourage employees to obtain public qualifications in environmental fields and are developing a workforce that is capable of appropriately responding to trends in environmental regulation. Individual business locations conduct general environmental education programs and special education programs for employees engaged in work that could have significant environmental impacts.

Numbers of Employees with Environmental Management Qualifications (As of March 31, 2016)

Qualification Qualified Employees
Pollution Control Manager - Air 38
Pollution Control Manager - Water 60
Pollution Control Manager - Noise 22
Pollution Control Manager - Vibration 25
Pollution Control Manager – Noise & Vibration 18
Pollution Control Manager – Dioxins 17
Energy Manager 60
Certified Environmental Measurer 4
Manager Responsible for Industrial Waste Requiring Special Controls 69
ISO1400 Internal Auditor 418

* Data are for UACJ and Group companies in Japan.

Biodiversity Initiatives

The UACJ Group views the protection of biodiversity as one of the most important global environmental challenges, and we treat it as such within the UACJ Group Code of Conduct. The UACJ Group procures raw metal, our primary raw material, mainly on the open market, and then processes it into metal materials that can then be used by our customers to make products. Our business model, therefore, does not have a significant direct impact on biodiversity. Nevertheless, we engage in actions such as those given below at individual business locations.

  • Implementation of WET (Whole Effluent Toxicity) tests using bioresponse at UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation and UACJ Foundry & Forging Corporation
  • Reduction of lumber usage in shipping materials at UACJ Extrusion Nagoya Corporation’s Anjo Works and other locations
  • Addition of greenery to individual business locations.

Supply Chain

The UACJ Group’s customer base includes a significant number of manufacturers who export products to destinations outside Japan. This is one reason why we are keenly aware of the importance of supply-chain management.

We take steps to ensure that the raw metals we use include no conflict mineral*3. And we exercise stringent measures to comply with the European Union’s REACH*4 regulation and RoHS*5 directive, and ensure that our products contain no controlled substances. Furthermore, we make a point of responding appropriately when customers request us to complete a green procurement survey.

  • *3 Conflict minerals are minerals subject to conflict mineral disclosure regulations under the US Dodd-Frank Act. These minerals include tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries.
  • *4 The EU’s REACH regulation requires the “Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.”
  • *5 The EU’s RoHS directive requires the “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” and was issued by the European Parliament and the European Council to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices.