Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Efficiency Indices
Kaneka Group operates based on ISO 14001 and Eco-Action 21 standards.
We also use the Japan Environmental Policy Priorities Index (JEPIX) to assess the total environmental impact of our business, in the context of aiming for a sustainable society.
Environmental Management Systems
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Kaneka Group operates based on ISO 14001 and Eco-Action 21 environmental management systems, with the aim of reducing environmental impacts, preventing environmental problems, and responding quickly if any problems arise.
■ Parent and Group Company Certification under ISO 14001
|Business Sites and Group Companies||Registration Date||Registration No.|
|Shiga Plant||March 23, 1998||JCQA-E-0015|
|Osaka Plant||April 5, 1999||JCQA-E-0053|
|Kashima Plant||April 5, 1999||JCQA-E-0054|
|Takasago Plant||January 11, 2000||JCQA-E-0105|
|Tochigi Kaneka Co., Ltd.||April 23, 2001||JCQA-E-0256|
|Osaka Synthetic Chemical Laboratories, Inc.||January 28, 2002||JCQA-E-0343|
|Tatsuta Chemical Co., Ltd.||April 19, 2004||JCQA-E-0553|
|Showa Kaseikogyo Co., Ltd.||January 10, 2008||E0062|
|Vienex Corporation||December 8, 2010||JSA-E1511|
|Kaneka Solartech Corporation||June 24, 2011||JQA-EM6704|
|Sanvic Inc.||September 15, 2011||JMAQA-E841|
|Kaneka Belgium N.V.||September 15, 2015||97 EMS 002f|
|Kaneka (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.||January 10, 2013||ER0523|
|Kaneka Paste Polymers Sdn. Bhd.||January 7, 2013||ER0523|
|Kaneka Eperan Sdn. Bhd.||January 10, 2013||ER0523|
|Kaneka Innovative Fibers Sdn. Bhd.||January 10, 2013||ER0523|
|Kaneka Apical Malaysia Sdn.Bhd.||January 30, 2015||ER0916|
■ Eco-Action 21 Certification
|Group Company||Certification and Registration Date||Certification and Registration No.|
|Kyushu Kanelite Co., Ltd.||June 15, 2007||0001637|
|Kaneka Hokkaido Styrol Co., Ltd.||September 3, 2007||0001805|
|Kaneka Medix Corporation||September 28, 2007||0001893|
|Hokkaido Kanelite Co., Ltd.||October 2, 2007||0001905|
|Kaneka Tohoku Styrol Co., Ltd.||Aomori Plant||February 2, 2009||0003274|
|Nagashima Shokuhin Co., Ltd.||November 18, 2008||0003093|
|Kaneka Foam Plastics Co., Ltd.||Moka Plant||January 16, 2009||0003247|
|Kaneka Chubu Styrol Co., Ltd.||February 9, 2011||0006600|
|Tokyo Kaneka Foods Manufacturing Corporation||March 31, 2009||0003473|
|Taiyo Yushi Corporation||March 31, 2009||0003575|
|Kaneka Foods Manufacturing Corporation||April 2, 2009||0003491|
|Kaneka Sun Spice Corporation||April 22, 2009||0003556|
|Kaneka Nishinippon Styrol Co., Ltd.||Headquarters, Saga Plant, Kagoshima Plant, and Nagasaki Plant||July 31, 2009||0003949|
|Kanto Styrene Co., Ltd.||August 11, 2009||0004035|
|Kaneka Kanto Styrol Co., Ltd.||October 15, 2009||0004259|
|OLED Aomori Co., Ltd.||December 8, 2014||0010329|
|Kochi Styrol Co., Ltd.||February 12, 2016||0011039|
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Kaneka Group continues working to reduce environmental risks through various means, including ISO 14001 internal audits and CSR safety and quality inspections, to check compliance with environmental regulations and legislation such as the Air Pollution Control Act and the Water Pollution Control Act, and with criteria in agreements with local governments.
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We assess the environmental impacts of our production activities using Environmental Impact Points (EIP), which are compiled using the JEPIX methodology (see note 1), and we use those points to assess our environmental efficiency (see note 2). Our total environmental impact in fiscal 2015 decreased 6.1% from the previous year, to 4.6 billion EIPs, while our environmental efficiency improved by 3.8%, as we reduced emissions of hazardous air pollutants and the impact on marine environment.
1. The Japan Environmental Policy Priorities Index (JEPIX) methodology involves the calculation of an "eco-factor" coefficient for each emitted substance that has an environmental impact, using a ratio of the annual target for emissions under national environmental policies versus actual annual emissions ("Distance to Target"). The eco-factors are then multiplied by a quantity for each environmental impact to produce a single integrated index known as Environmental Impact Points (EIP). Calculations of eco-factors are done by the JEPIX Project (www.jepix.org, in Japanese).
2. Environmental efficiency is a yardstick to measure efforts to maximize value while minimizing environmental impacts, with the aim of achieving sustainable growth. Kaneka calculates this by dividing net sales (yen) by the EIP.
■ Environmental Efficiency
■ Details of Total Environmental Impact
Check & Act
The total environmental impact declined due to decreases in COD, nitrogen, and phosphorus discharge to coastal waters, as well as lower emissions of hazardous air pollutants. We will continue working to reduce total environmental impacts and improve environmental efficiency by upgrading our facilities.