Environmental Objectives (Medium-Term Plan) and Results

We formulated the fourth medium-term environmental plan, for which FY2016 was the final year, and worked to reduce environmental impact.

Overall view of the FY2014 environmental impact (Sumitomo Heavy Industries Group, domestic)

  • *1PRTR: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
  • *2VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds

Environmental Accounting for FY2014

Active Investment in Administration and Maintenance of ISO 14001 Standards

As a yardstick for measuring the investment, expenditure and effect of environmental protection, we have conducted environmental accounting in accordance with the Environmental Accounting Guidelines, 2005, issued by the Ministry of the Environment.

Unit: million yen

Costs for environment protection
Category Details of the main activities and the effects Investment amount Costs
2013 2014 2013 2014
(1) Costs within Business Areas (Sites) Maintenance and amortization of environmental impact reduction equipment and facilities 286 435 599 732
Breakdown (1) - 1 Costs for Preventing Pollution Maintenance management of facilities for prevention of air pollution and water pollution and measurement of noise and vibration of facilities 83 157 181 198
(1) - 2 Costs for Global Environment Protection Investment in energy-saving measures (electric power monitoring, energy-saving equipment, lighting upgrades, etc.) 195 234 29 59
(1) - 3 Resource Recycling Costs Investment in waste material reduction and recycling (recycling, reuse) 8 44 389 475
(2) Upstream and Downstream Costs Reduction of product packaging material, recycling of appliances, use of reverse side of paper 1 2 7 6
(3) Management Activity Costs Administration and maintenance of ISO 14001 standards, expansion of green areas 17 18 192 1,230
(4) Research and Development Costs Research and development to reduce the environmental impact of products, research and development of environmental equipment 717 1,873 557 852
(5) Social Activity Costs Local environmental protection and greening activities 0 0 1 1
(6) Cost of dealing with environmental damage Levies on air pollution loads; share of green belts and pollution compensation 0 0 0 0
Total 1,021 2,328 1,357 2,821
Effectiveness of environmental protection
Category Details of the main activities and the effects Economic effect Main content
2013 2014
(1) Costs within Business Areas (Sites) Maintenance and amortization of environmental impact reduction equipment and facilities 248 205  
Breakdown (1) - 1 Costs for Preventing Pollution Maintenance management of facilities for prevention of air pollution and water pollution and measurement of noise and vibration of facilities 0 0  
(1) - 2 Costs for Global Environment Protection Investment in energy-saving measures (electric power monitoring, energy-saving equipment, lighting upgrades, etc.) -11 -47 Cost reduction with introduction of energy conservation, natural energy
(1) - 3 Resource Recycling Costs Investment in waste material reduction and recycling (recycling, reuse) 0 0 Reducing landfill by separating rubbish, cost reduction by cutting back on waste
259 252 Proceeds from sale of valuables, etc.
(2) Upstream and Downstream Costs Reduction of product packaging material, recycling of appliances, use of reverse side of paper      
(3) Management Activity Costs Administration and maintenance of ISO 14001 standards, expansion of green areas      
(4) Research and Development Costs Research and development to reduce the environmental impact of products, research and development of environmental equipment      
(5) Social Activity Costs Local environmental protection and greening activities      
(6) Cost of dealing with environmental damage Levies on air pollution loads; share of green belts and pollution compensation      
Total 248 205  
Costs for environment protection
Details of the main activities and the effects Investment amount Costs
2013 2014 2013 2014
(1) Costs within Business Areas (Sites)
Maintenance and amortization of environmental impact reduction equipment and facilities 286 435 599 732
Breakdown
(1) - 1 Costs for Preventing Pollution
Maintenance management of facilities for prevention of air pollution and water pollution and measurement of noise and vibration of facilities 83 157 181 198
Breakdown
(1) - 2 Costs for Global Environment Protection
Investment in energy-saving measures (electric power monitoring, energy-saving equipment, lighting upgrades, etc.) 195 234 29 59
Breakdown
(1) - 3 Resource Recycling Costs
Investment in waste material reduction and recycling (recycling, reuse) 8 44 389 475
(2) Upstream and Downstream Costs
Reduction of product packaging material, recycling of appliances, use of reverse side of paper 1 2 7 6
(3) Management Activity Costs
Administration and maintenance of ISO 14001 standards, expansion of green areas 17 18 192 1,230
(4) Research and Development Costs
Research and development to reduce the environmental impact of products, research and development of environmental equipment 717 1,873 557 852
(5) Social Activity Costs
Local environmental protection and greening activities 0 0 1 1
(6) Cost of dealing with environmental damage
Levies on air pollution loads; share of green belts and pollution compensation 0 0 0 0
Total 1,021 2,328 1,357 2,821
Effectiveness of environmental protection
Category Economic effect Main content
2013 2014
(1) Costs within Business Areas (Sites)
Maintenance and amortization of environmental impact reduction equipment and facilities 248 205  
Breakdown
(1) - 1 Costs for Preventing Pollution
Maintenance management of facilities for prevention of air pollution and water pollution and measurement of noise and vibration of facilities 0 0  
Breakdown
(1) - 2 Costs for Global Environment Protection
Investment in energy-saving measures (electric power monitoring, energy-saving equipment, lighting upgrades, etc.) -11 -47 Cost reduction with introduction of energy conservation, natural energy
Breakdown
(1) - 3 Resource Recycling Costs
Investment in waste material reduction and recycling (recycling, reuse) 0 0 Reducing landfill by separating rubbish, cost reduction by cutting back on waste
259 252 Proceeds from sale of valuables, etc.
(2) pstream and Downstream Costs
Reduction of product packaging material, recycling of appliances, use of reverse side of paper      
(3) Management Activity Costs
Administration and maintenance of ISO 14001 standards, expansion of green areas      
(4) Research and Development Costs
Research and development to reduce the environmental impact of products, research and development of environmental equipment      
(5) Social Activity Costs
Local environmental protection and greening activities      
(6) Cost of dealing with environmental damage
Levies on air pollution loads; share of green belts and pollution compensation      
Total 248 205  

General Overview of Fiscal Year 2014 Activities and the 4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016)

Targets Achieved in All 18 Items

We promoted the 4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY2014-2016), for which fiscal year 2016 is the final target year. The fiscal year 2014 targets under the 4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY2014-2016)and the status of achievement of fiscal year 2014 activities are shown below.

Environmental Management

Evaluation: ○ Achieved △ Achieved by 90% or more × Achieved by less than 90%

4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016) 4th Medium-Term
Environmental Plan
(2014-2016)
Targets in FY2014 Achievements in FY2014 Evaluation
(1) Zero environmental accidents (legal violations)
  • Continue zero environmental accidents(legal violations)
  • Expand environmental risk assessments in Japan and to other countries
  • Continue zero environmental accidents(legal violations)
  • Expand environmental risk assessments in Japan and to other countries
  • Continuing achieving zero environmental accidents(legal violations)
  • Expanding environmental risk assessments in Japan and to other countries

(2) Increase in the number of ISO 14001 certifications
  • Total number of factories outside Japan that have acquired certification rises to 17 or more
  • Total of 14 Group companies outside Japan have acquired certification
  • Certification acquired by a total of 16 overseas factories in 15 companies

(3) Expansion of the scope of the Consolidated Environmental Management
  • Expand to marketing and service centers outside Japan
  • Expand local guidance by head office and periodic environmental audits to all principal manufacturing bases outside Japan
  • Expand to marketing and service centers outside Japan
  • Expand local guidance by head office and periodic environmental audits to all principal manufacturing bases outside Japan
  • Environmental audits conducted at five factories in China, two in Vietnam, one in Indonesia and two in the United States

Prevention of Global Warming

Evaluation: ○ Achieved △ Achieved by 90% or more × Achieved by less than 90%

4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016) 4th Medium-Term
Environmental Plan
(2014-2016)
Targets in FY2014 Achievements in FY2014 Evaluation
(1) Reduction in CO2 emissions at works and offices
  • In Japan: In FY2016, 32% reduction compared to FY2004
  • Global (Japan + overseas): 22% reduction compared to FY1990
  • In Japan: 30% reduction compared to FY2004
  • Global (Japan + overseas): 20% reduction compared to FY1990
  • In Japan: 33% reduction compared to FY2004
  • Global (Japan + overseas): 25% reduction compared to FY1990
(2) Improved energy productivity Energy productivity = Net sales/CO2 emissions
  • In Japan: In FY2016, 10% improvement compared to FY2008
  • Outside Japan: In FY2016, 3% improvement compared to FY2013
  • In Japan: Improvement by 8% compared to FY2008
  • Outside Japan: 1% improvement compared to FY2013
  • In Japan: Improvement by 16% compared to FY2008
  • Outside Japan: 6% improvement compared to FY2013
(3) Promotion of green logistics (Reduction in CO2 emissions during transportation)
  • By FY2016, 10% reduction per basic unit of transportation against FY2006 benchmark
  • 8% reduction per basic unit of transportation against FY2006 benchmark
  • 12% reduction per basic unit of transportation against FY2006 benchmark

Expansion of Line-up of Environmentally Friendly Products

Evaluation: ○ Achieved △ Achieved by 90% or more × Achieved by less than 90%

4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016) 4th Medium-Term
Environmental Plan
(2014-2016)
Targets in FY2014 Achievements in FY2014 Evaluation
(1) Expansion in environmentally friendly products
  • Number of products certified as environmentally friendly: 23
  • Annual CO2 emissions from product use reduced 15%(Contribution to reduction is equivalent to 270,000 tons annually)
  • Number of products certified as environmentally friendly: 19
  • 11% annual reduction in CO2 emissions from product use
  • Actual number of products certified as environmentally friendly: 19 products
  • 19% annual reduction in CO2 emissions from product use
(2) Promotion of measures for green procurement (purchase of raw materials and components)
  • Promote green procurement (purchase of raw materials and components)
  • Promote green procurement (purchase of raw materials and components)
  • Start promotion of green procurement (purchase of raw materials and components)
(3) Responding to chemical substance regulations that apply to our products
  • Expand operation of system for managing chemical substances
  • Expand operation of system for managing chemical substances
  • Continue operation of system for managing chemical substances
(4)Reduction of product packaging material
  • 10% reduction compared to FY2010 by basic sales unit
  • 10% reduction compared to FY2010 by basic sales unit
  • 21% reduction compared to FY2010 by basic sales unit

Promotion of Resource Conservation and Recycling

Evaluation: ○ Achieved △ Achieved by 90% or more × Achieved by less than 90%

4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016) 4th Medium-Term
Environmental Plan
(2014-2016)
Targets in FY2014 Achievements in FY2014 Evaluation
(1) Reduction of waste emissions
  • In Japan: Generated volume reduced 13% compared to FY2007
  • 3% reduction in both Japan and other countries compared to FY2013 basic unit
  • In Japan: Generated volume reduced 13% compared to FY2007
  • 1% reduction in both Japan and other countries compared to FY2013 basic unit
  • In Japan: Generated volume reduced 25% compared to FY2007
  • In Japan: 6% reduction compared to FY2013 basic unit
  • Outside Japan: 3% reduction compared to FY2013 basic unit
(2) Achievement of zero emissions
  • In Japan: Continued by all sites
  • Outside Japan: 95% or higher rate of non-landfill treatment
  • In Japan: Continued by all sites
  • Outside Japan: 93% or higher rate of non-landfill treatment
  • In Japan: Continued by all sites
  • Outside Japan: 97% of non-landfill treatment
(3) Reduction in paper usage
  • In Japan: Maintenance management (autonomously assigned issues)
  • Outside Japan: 6% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
  • In Japan: Maintenance management (autonomously assigned issues)
  • Outside Japan: 2% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
  • In Japan: Continue maintenance management
  • Outside Japan: 4% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
(4) Reducing Water Consumption
  • In Japan: 40% reduction compared to FY2005, continuing achievement at all sites
  • Outside Japan: 3% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
  • In Japan: 35% reduction compared to FY2005, continuing achievement at all sites
  • Outside Japan: 1% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
  • In Japan: 43% reduction compared to FY2005, continuing achievement at all sites
  • Outside Japan: 14% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit

Promotion of Prevention of Environmental Pollution

Evaluation: ○ Achieved △ Achieved by 90% or more × Achieved by less than 90%

4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016) 4th Medium-Term
Environmental Plan
(2014-2016)
Targets in FY2014 Achievements in FY2014 Evaluation
(1) Emission control of organochlorine chemicals (Soil Contamination Countermeasures Law, Montreal Protocol)
  • Continuing complete abolition of dichloromethane
  • Continuing complete abolition of trichloroethylene
  • Continuing complete abolition of tetrachloroethylene
  • Continuing complete abolition of HCFC-141b and HCFC-225
  • Continuing complete abolition of dichloromethane
  • Continuing complete abolition of trichloroethylene
  • Continuing complete abolition of tetrachloroethylene
  • Continuing complete abolition of HCFC-141b and HCFC-225
  • Continuing complete abolition of dichloromethane
  • Continuing complete abolition of trichloroethylene
  • Continuing complete abolition of tetrachloroethylene
  • Continuing complete abolition of HCFC-141b and HCFC-225
(2) Emission control of substances designated as VOC (Air Pollution Control Law)
  • In Japan: 34% reduction compared to FY2006
  • Outside Japan: 3% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
  • In Japan: 34% reduction compared to FY2006
  • Outside Japan: 1% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
  • In Japan: 43% reduction compared to FY2006
  • Outside Japan: 25% reduction compared to FY2013 by basic sales unit
(3) Total abolition of equipment that uses PCB
  • Make appropriate disposal of equipment with high concentration of PCB after receipt of disposal notice
  • For low concentrations, continue removing and storing in accordance with plans
  • Make appropriate disposal of equipment with high concentration of PCB after receipt of disposal notice
  • For low concentrations, continue removing and storing in accordance with plans
  • Make appropriate disposal of equipment with high concentration of PCB after receipt of disposal notice
  • For low concentrations, remove and store in accordance with plans

Community Contribution

Evaluation: ○ Achieved △ Achieved by 90% or more × Achieved by less than 90%

4th Medium-Term Environmental Plan (2014-2016) 4th Medium-Term
Environmental Plan
(2014-2016)
Targets in FY2014 Achievements in FY2014 Evaluation
(1) Contribute to biodiversity
  • Systematic tree planting, greening, and other such activities at each factory
  • Continue making quantitative determination of impact from business activities on biodiversity
  • Systematic tree planting, greening and other such activities at each factory
  • Continue making quantitative determination of impact from business activities on biodiversity
  • Systematic tree planting and greening at each factory
  • Make quantitative determination of impact from business activities on biodiversity