Chemical substances are used in products and in product manufacturing to improve quality. However, there are concerns that these substances could have a significant impact on the environment, not only during the manufacturing stage, but also during their use and in the post-consumer disposal stage.
With the increase in global environmental awareness, calls to reduce or discontinue the use of harmful chemical substances are growing stronger every year, both in Japan and overseas.
To comply with the laws and regulations of each country and meet the requirements of our customers, the Calsonic Kansei Group seeks to achieve thorough risk management for products, the manufacturing processes, purchased materials parts and processed materials, while adhering to the following fundamental principles: use as few harmful chemicals as possible, change to alternatives or eliminate as many harmful substances as possible, and properly manage harmful chemicals if they have to be used.
In addition to complying with the laws and regulations of each country, including Europe’s ELV Directive*1 and REACH regulations*2, the Calsonic Kansei Group sets voluntary targets to meet the requirements of its customers around the world, and is working to reduce the quantity of environmentally hazardous substances used in its products. It is achieving this through the management of its internal systems and the enhancement of follow-up systems, promoting the development of alternative technologies, and building chemical management systems across the entire supply chain through the Green Procurement Guidelines.
The Group is also pursuing analysis of and prompt action regarding chemical substances in advance of their being listed as SVHCs under the REACH regulations.
*1 ELV Directive : End of Life Vehicles Directive
*2 REACH Regulations: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
*3 SVHC: Substances of Very High Concern. 173 such substances registered as of January 2017.
While seeking to reduce the use of chemical substances used in its manufacturing processes, the Calsonic Kansei Group is conducting proper management of those chemical substances.
We are working to ascertain the amounts of substances classified as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in use, in order to confirm and manage the amounts of substances subject to the PRTR* Act released, transferred, and used, and to reduce the use of environmentally hazardous substances.
* Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) as stipulated by the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof, 1999 (PRTR Act)
Results of Calsonic Kansei Group Reduction of VOC ReleasedJapan Activities
In Fiscal 2016, the Calsonic Kansei Group achieved a reduction in VOC use of 83.9% compared to fiscal 2000, against a mid-term target of a 30% reduction. However, the volume of use was 119 tonnes, due to increases in production volumes, which meant that the single-year target could not be reached.
|Management item||FY2000 (base year) results||FY2015 results||FY2016 results||Achievement status|
|Comparison with FY2000||Comparison with the previous year|
|VOC usage (t)||739||112||119||83.9% reduction||6.4% increase|
Results of PRTR Act Compliance by Calsonic Kansei and Group Companies in JapanJapan Activities
PRTR-Regulated Substance Amounts used, Released, and Transferred
Amounts of PRTR-Regulated Substances Released and Moved
Calsonic Kansei Group’s Pollution Prevention InitiativesJapanOverseas Activities PCB(Polychlorinated Biphenyl) Management
We have implemented appropriate management regulations for electrical devices containing PCBs as waste products for special management in accordance with regulations. PCBs have been scheduled for prompt disposal, and disposal has already been completed at some locations.Thorough Water Quality Management
We have set our voluntary management targets (80% of the regulatory value) and are conducting stricter management than required by the regulations. By complying with discharged water standards, we are contributing to the protection of aquatic organisms.Thorough Air Quality Management
We have reduced our sulfur oxide (SOx) and CO2 emissions by switching to natural gas for combustion energy and reducing energy consumption through the adoption of energy-saving activities.Efforts to Clean Up Soil and Groundwater and Prevent Contamination
We are addressing all current situations by focusing efforts on plants where contamination has already occurred, implementing preventive measures and conducting thorough investigations.
We are already conducting investigations of the soil in each area, including at Group companies. These investigations are also undertaken when new companies join the Group.
Rules for collecting data on overseas environmental incidents were established in Fiscal 2011, and such data is managed in a way to ensure prompt action.
There were no environmental incidents with the potential to affect the environment at large in Fiscal 2016.
The Calsonic Kansei Group has established and operates the Calsonic Kansei Green Procurement Guidelines, under which it confirms the chemical substances used in purchased items and the level of environmental management carried out by our business partners.