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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 65.5000kt

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 10th 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 as secondary materials.

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 10th three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we have been 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 improving the efficiency of our production facilities and fuel conversion.
In addition, as a measure against global warming we expanded the use of renewable energy. We have promoted the installation of solar power generation facilities, making effective use of our business sites. We started operations at six locations in Japan, and have contributed over 1,500 tons of CO2 reduction per year.

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

In fiscal 2018, the final year of the 10th three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we continued to improve the efficiency of our air conditioning loads and renew facilities by taking steps such as reviewing work areas. Through these activities, we reduced our emissions by about 2% compared to the previous year.
In addition, we were able to reduce emissions by approximately 10% over three years. In the 11th three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we will continue to reduce greenhouse gases.

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 2018, our CO2 emissions were 27.78 million tons with 15.61 million ton-kilometers.

CO2 emissions from logistics and transport

CO2 emissions from logistics and transport

Resource recycling measures

Resource recycling activities

To effectively use limited resources, it is important to reduce the generation of waste as much as possible. The Noritake Group is working to reduce waste generated from its business activities through steps such as quality improvements linked to manufacturing enhancement activities.
In our 10th three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we have been working to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill per production volume by 1% or more compared to the previous fiscal year in order to promote resource recycling.
In addition, as a main initiative, we aimed for a recycling rate of over 80% 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 2018, the final year of the 10th three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we continued to promote the reduction of waste by reducing the defective rate and recycling by reviewing disposal methods. However, waste generation increased by about 7% compared to the previous year due to temporal increase of waste.
In the three-year effort, we achieved to reduce waste by approximately 14%.
In addition, as a result of promoting recycling, we were able to recycle 85% of all waste generated. In the 11th three-Year Environmental Action Plan, we will continue to recycle landfill waste.

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