Reduce environmental burden
- ESG Initiatives
- Corporate Governance
- Together with Communities
- Harmony with the Environment
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.