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Reduce environmental burden

Overall picture of environmental burden (Scope 3)

We are working to reduce environmental burden more effectively by monitoring the overall environmental burden of the entire product life cycle from raw material procurement to disposal after product use. Noritake calculates greenhouse gas emissions based on the international standard Scope 3 and uses them as an activity indicator.

* Calculation method
· Calculated in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's "Basic Guidelines on Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Throughout the Supply Chain Ver 2.0."
· Categories 9, 10, 13, and 14 out of the 15 categories of Scope 3 were excluded from the calculation because they are not applicable.

CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain

Total of Scope 1 to 3 60.6million tons

Scope 1 : Direct company emissions

Scope 2 : Indirect emissions associated with energy use (Use of purchased electricity and heat)

Scope 3 : Other indirect emissions (categories 1 to 8, 11, 12 and 15)

CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain

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Pollution measures

Pollution control activities

In order to reduce the risk of environmental pollution caused by chemical substances, it is important to reduce the use of substances that adversely affect the environment as much as possible and to prevent dispersal and leakage through proper storage and handling.
In the 11th Three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we aimed to reduce the impact of harmful chemicals on the environment, strengthened the management of chemical substances, and promoted the reduction of chemical substances used.

Chemical substance management

We have established a chemical substance management system that covers chemical substance-related laws for the entire Noritake Group. Chemical substance management consists of two parts: Screening and approval rules to control new use of harmful chemical substances, and monitoring the amount of chemical substances used and transferred. In this way, we are visualizing the conditions of chemical substances used and working to reduce the use and emission of hazardous substances.
We also issue and operate the "Chemical Contamination Prevention Control Standard" that uniquely defines the structural standards and inspection standards of related facilities for the storage and use of harmful chemical substances, and we are striving to prevent the dispersal and leakage of chemical substances.

Countermeasures for global warming

Global warming countermeasure activities

Solar power generation facility
Solar power generation facility

The Noritake Group is working to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming. In the 11th Three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per production volume by 1% or more compared to the previous year. In order to reduce greenhouse gases, we are actively promoting the reduction of energy consumption by means including increased productivity and adoption of energy-saving facilities.
We are also taking measures to counter global warming by expanding the use of renewable energy. We operate solar power generation facilities at six domestic business sites, making effective use of their premises in reducing annual CO2 emissions by 1,500 tons or more.

Global Warming Countermeasures Dedicated Committee initiatives

In order to share information necessary for global warming countermeasures and work on activities with a company-wide policy, we have established a Global Warming Countermeasures Dedicated Committee in which "energy management plan promotion staff" and "energy management managers" from the main plants participate. This Global Warming Countermeasures Dedicated Committee confirms the progress of company-wide greenhouse gas reduction activities and considers ways to promote preventing global warming.
In addition, in order to spread our advanced activities and effective means to prevent global warming, we share the information within the Group. We also promote company-wide activities such as taking a local-tour at the sites where the activity is being well performed, and create guidebook on how we corresponded to each environmental cases. The main plants are taking initiatives on working on this matter.

Greenhouse gas emissions results

During fiscal 2019, the first year of the 11th Three-Year Environmental Action Plan, our efforts to increase productivity, linked with manufacturing enhancement activities, resulted in a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 9%. Due to a reduction in production volume, however, we were not able to meet our planned goal of a 1% or greater year-on-year reduction per production volume.

Domestic greenhouse gas emissions results

Domestic greenhouse gas emissions results

CO2 emissions ratio by energy type

CO2 emissions ratio by energy type

In addition, the company continuously monitors the amount of logistics transport in order to achieve efficient logistics. In fiscal 2019, our CO2 emissions were 26.62 million tons with 14.96 million ton-kilometers.

CO2 emissions from logistics and transport

CO2 emissions from logistics and transport

Resource recycling measures

Resource recycling activities

We understand that doing our utmost to reduce the generation of waste in our business activities is critical to making effective use of limited resources. At the Noritake Group, we undertake to reduce waste in conjunction with our manufacturing enhancement activities and quality improvement.
In our 11th Three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we have been working to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill per production volume by 2% or more compared to the previous fiscal year in order to promote resource recycling. In addition, as a main initiative, we aim for a recycling rate of over 85% in order to promote the recycling of waste that was previously sent to landfill.

Noritake Recycling Center initiatives

Industrial grinding wheels, Noritake's main business, are consumable products, and are disposed of in landfills as industrial waste after use. This has been a major issue in terms of the effective use of resources.
In order to recycle the industrial grinding wheels that we sell, the Noritake Recycling Center collects about 500 tons of used vitrified grindstones annually.
The collected grindstones are crushed, classified, and then reborn as products such as abrasives and heat-resistant materials.
We are also actively developing applications so that used grindstones can be used effectively.

Recycling process of used industrial grinding wheels

Recycling process of used industrial grinding wheels

Waste emissions results

In fiscal 2019, the first year of our 11th Three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we continued to promote the reduction of waste by reducing the defect rate, and the recycling of resources by reviewing disposal methods. We succeeded in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill per production volume by approximately 10%. We reduced the volume of waste sent to landfill per production volume by 7% compared to the previous year, accomplishing our plan. Since the reduction in the overall volume of waste sent to landfill was low, however, our recycling rate was 83%.

Domestic landfill disposal volume results

Domestic landfill disposal volume results

Landfill disposal volume rate by waste type

Landfill disposal volume rate by waste type

Trend in recycling rate

Trend in recycling rate