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, reduce waste, and properly manage chemical substances in all aspects of our business activities, which extend to 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. 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

Fiscal 2019 UACJ Group Environmental Management Direction

Item Objective
Elimination of environmental accidents Zero accidents
Advancement of measures to fight global warming Reduction of energy usage per unit production
Building of a recycling-oriented society Reduction of industrial waste per unit production
Promotion of recycling of aluminum products
Proper control of chemical substances Per-unit-production reduction of controlled chemical substances

Environmental Management Direction for Fiscal 2020

Item Objective
Elimination of environmental accidents Zero accidents
Advancement of measures to stop global warming Reduction of energy usage per unit production (1% reduction vs. fiscal 2019)
Establishment of medium-to-long-term goals for reducing energy usage per unit production
Creation of a recycling-oriented society Reduction of industrial waste per unit production
Increasing the recyclability of product elements
Proper management of chemical substances Reduction of controlled chemical substance usage

Approach to Environmental Management

To advance environmental activities 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, 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

Fig. 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.

Following the September 2015 issuance of the updated ISO14001 standard, each business location worked to achieve compliance with the new standard. All locations successfully updated their certifications as of the July 2018 deadline for doing so.

ISO14001:2015 Certifications (as of August 13, 2020)

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
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, Isesaki Works, Shiga Works, Nogi Works JIC Quality Assurance Ltd. (JICQA) E2442 2017.3
Nikkin Co., Ltd. JIC Quality Assurance Ltd. (JICQA) E2442 2018.6
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 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 13, 2020)

Business Location Certifying Institution Certification Number Date Obtained
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Narita Works Chibaken Kankyo Zaidan 0000341 2005.5
UACJ Color Aluminum Corporation Institute for Promoting Sustainable Societies 12021 2017.10
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Osaka Works Institute for Promoting Sustainable Societies 0012506 2018.8
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Hiroshima Works Institute for Promoting Sustainable Societies 0012626 2018.12
UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Sendai Works Institute for Promoting Sustainable Societies 0012744 2019.4

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 2019, Executive Environmental Inspections were conducted at a total of 10 business locations.

Status of Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

In fiscal 2019, there was one incident in which environmental wastewater standards were exceeded. On October 30, 2019, a malfunction occurred in a chemical injection controller for a neutralization tank (for wastewater treatment) at the Fukui Works. Workers responded to an alarm by closing a gate to prevent outflow into a public wastewater outfall but were not in time to stop the discharge of wastewater with an abnormal pH. The discharge lasted only a short period of time and a downstream wastewater treatment center detected no abnormalities. To prevent a recurrence of this problem, we have improved the monitoring system and revised operating procedures, so that equipment automatically stops discharges when a malfunction occurs. We have also revised the emergency procedures manual and have implemented simulation-based training.

Environment-Related Investment

In fiscal 2019, the UACJ Group made environment-related investments of approximately 500 million yen. These funds were used for purposes such as installing dust-collection equipment in a casting plant at UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation, switching fuels for a heat-treating furnace at the Fukui Works, insulating a roof at UACJ Extrusion Nagoya Corporation, and updating air conditioning equipment and converting to LED lighting at various 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 Environmental Policies. 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, 2020)

Qualification Qualified Employees
Pollution Control Manager - Air 31
Pollution Control Manager - Water 46
Pollution Control Manager - Noise 19
Pollution Control Manager - Vibration 19
Pollution Control Manager - Noise & Vibration 17
Pollution Control Manager - Dioxins 23
Energy Manager 47
Certified Environmental Measurer 2
Manager Responsible for Industrial Waste Requiring Special Controls 69
ISO14001 Internal Auditor 422

* Data are for UACJ and Group companies in Japan.

Environmental Awards from Outside Organizations

In fiscal 2019, the UACJ Group received the following environmental awards.

Recipient Award Sponsor Description
UACJ (Thailand) Rayong Works Green Industry
Level 3 Green System
Ministry of Industry, Government of Thailand · For acquiring the ISO14001 international certification for environmental management systems.
· The level 3 rating is on a scale of 1 to 5
Amata Waste Management Award Platinum Level 1 Amata City Industrial Estate, Thailand · Waste management rating
· The company has received ratings since 2017 and received the highest rating in 2019.
UACJ Foundry & Forging Corporation
UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation
Eco Keeper Business Award Level 3 Tochigi Prefecture · For efforts to save electricity, water, etc. and maintaining an average greenhouse gas reduction of more than 1% over the past three fiscal years.
· Received the highest award rank , Level 3, in fiscal 2019.