Reducing Waste and Preventing Pollution
Through pursuing the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) aimed at the reduction and recycling of industrial waste from our operations, Kaneka has been able to achieve zero emissions (see note 1) for ten consecutive years. We are also working toward all group companies in Japan being able to achieve zero emissions.
We also meet all standards for environmental pollution levels in applicable laws and regulations, and in agreements concluded with various municipalities.
Note 1: Kaneka defines "zero emissions" to mean that the final landfill volume is less than 0.5% of total waste generated.
Cutting Waste Sent to Landfill
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We effectively achieved zero emissions for our tenth consecutive year in fiscal 2015, with a final landfill volume (see note 2) for Kaneka of 4.7 tons, equivalent to a final landfill rate of 0.007%.
For our group companies in Japan, we are working to implement thoroughgoing waste sorting and resource recovery, and reevaluating waste processing contracting arrangements, in order to reduce landfill volumes. In fiscal 2015, we achieved zero emissions in Japan for the fourth consecutive year since fiscal 2012, on a consolidated basis including 28 group companies in Japan.
We will continue to work towards further reductions in landfill volumes.
Note 2: Fiscal 2015 final landfill volume: Starting with fiscal 2016 (reporting the figures for fiscal 2015), the values reported as Kaneka's landfill volume, landfill rate, industrial waste volume, and recycling amount indicate totals for the company as a whole, including its manufacturing plants and other facilities.
■ Volume and Ratio of Waste sent to Landfill
■ Waste Generated and Recycled
■ Waste Flow: From Generation to Landfill (FY 2015 actual)
Proper Disposal of Industrial Waste
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We conduct regular site visits of our waste processing contractors, and carry out inspections based on a checklist to confirm that waste is being processed in the proper manner.
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Because reducing waste leads to improving global sustainability by means of resource savings, cost reduction, as well as carbon dioxide emissions reduction, Kaneka is pursuing waste reduction on a company-wide basis.
We at Kaneka and group companies in Japan are pursuing activities at each of our production facilities, mainly through the "3R" approach to achieve waste reduction and recycling of materials. In addition, we have been pursuing improvements, utilizing the Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) approach, which involves all employees in manufacturing, research and other sections.
Preventing Air and Water Pollution
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Kaneka is in compliance with the standards specified in the Air Pollution Control Act and the Water Pollution Control Act and the criteria included in agreements made with local governments. While soot and dust emission levels for all parent plants were lower than the previous fiscal year, SOx and NOx emissions were increased. The environmental impact on water resources decreased with respect to all criteria.
Note 3: From fiscal 2015, values reported for water usage and wastewater by Kaneka include amounts for production facilities and non-production facilities.
Check & Act
Of the total amount of waste generated in fiscal 2015 by all of our facilities (not only plants), 61.7% was recycled―roughly the same as in the previous fiscal year. In fiscal 2016, we will continue to reduce and recycle waste internally and through our contractors.
We will continue to work to further reduce our impacts on water and the air, and to strengthen our monitoring systems so that we are able to respond rapidly in the event of any abnormalities.