Environmental Initiatives

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Basic Concept

The UACJ Group is thankful for the earth and the abundance of life it supports. That feeling underlies our basic stance on the environment, and we have publicly declared our aim to reduce our environmental burden in all aspects of our business activities.

The economic activities of humankind are now of such a scale that they are having enormous impacts on the global environment and giving rise to various problems, including extreme weather, imbalances in ecosystems, and depletion of natural resources. These are sustainability risks for the UACJ Group and ultimately for the earth. Our basic stance on the environment, therefore, is to ascertain what we can do to lower our environmental burden and then work steadily to achieve what is possible.

Fiscal 2018 Key Objectives and Results

  Fiscal 2018 Objective Fiscal 2018 Performance Assessment Fiscal 2019 Objective
Elimination of Serious Environmental Accidents Zero accidents 1 accident × Zero accidents
Measures to Fight Global Warming Reduction of energy used per unit of production 1.6% increase per unit of production compared to fiscal 2017 × Reduction of energy used per unit of production (Compared to fiscal 2017)
Realization of a Recycling-Oriented Society Reduction of waste generated per unit of production 13.6% increase per unit of production compared to fiscal 2017 × Reduction of waste generated per unit of production (Compared to fiscal 2017)
Continuation of zero emissions* Direct landfill rate: 0.25% (No objective set)
- - - (New objective) Increasing the recyclability of product elements
Chemical Substance Control Reduction of controlled chemical substances 5.7% increase in transfers and releases of controlled chemical substances compared to fiscal 2017 × Reduction of controlled chemical substances
  • * Within the UACJ Group, “zero emissions” is defined as direct landfill disposal of less than 1% of all industrial waste generated.

Looking to the Future

In 2018, production volume declined, but, with irregular operating circumstances due to the impacts of typhoons and other weather events, and equipment troubles and other negative factors, energy usage per unit of production, industrial waste per unit of production, and transfers and releases of controlled chemical substances all increased, and objectives were not achieved in these areas. The objective of zero emissions, however, was again achieved at all business locations.

In fiscal 2019, we will again strive to operate with zero serious accidents and will work to achieve decreases in energy usage per unit of production and industrial waste per unit of production, compared to fiscal 2017. Zero emissions will no longer be treated as a daily management item among management objectives. Increasing the recyclability of product elements will be added as a management item for individual business locations.