Environmental Management Programs

Environmental Aspects and Environmental Impact Assessment

With regards to our corporate business activities, products, and services, their environmental aspects, i.e. factors with an impact on the environment, are thoroughly investigated in each department, and environmental impact assessments are implemented. In this way, we identify items with a large impact on the environment, and for which response is a priority. Environmental impact assessment is an important activity involving the selection of high-priority items to manage, which in turn forms the basis of our environmental activities for the year. At Shimadzu Corporation, we use original evaluative software to identify significant environmental aspects, and then formulate an environmental management program.
Especially, we assessed the quantities of hazardous chemical substances used and stored within the company and considered the seriousness and likelihood of any environmental impacts they may have. Based on the latest assessment results, some substances may no longer be subject to management due to their elimination from storage. Conversely, there may be a number of substances that should be additionally subject to management in each department, due to their additional usage and storage.

In contrast to such activities, activities involving consideration for the environment and environmental contribution through everyday business activities in each department are identified as naturally appropriate, and measures to encourage them are implemented.
In particular, the development and provision of environmentally conscious products that contribute to the environmental preservation activities of our customers, as well as the lessening of environmental burden from products through instrument maintenance and contractual service activities, are promoted as positive environmental aspects. In addition, a variety of measures are deployed companywide, including the lessening of environmental load in terms of logistics, the strengthening of environmental regulatory compliance structures through our administrative departments, the dissemination of environmental case studies within and outside the company, and the hosting of environmental facility field trips for overseas customers and universities.

Environmental Management Programs (Abstract of major goals of environmental technical committee sections)

Self-assessment rating: ◎: Goals achieved with excellent results, ○: Goals achieved with good results, △: Goals not achieved

Environmental Aspect FY 2015 Results Self-assessment FY 2016 Goals
  • In terms of emission intensity based on sales, CO2 emissions from energy usage were 9.74 (87.0 % of the FY 2010 level), which achieved the goal of reduction to 11.20 or less, 80 % or less of the FY 2010 level. (CO2 emissions in the applicable range were 33,116 t.)
  • Keep CO2 emissions from energy usage below 80 % of FY 2010 levels, in terms of emission intensity based on consolidated sales. (The target CO2 emission intensity based on consolidated sales is below 11.20. Note: 14.00 in FY 2010)
  • The goal was to continue and expand the implementation of waste-reduction measures proposed by respective departments in FY 2014 or earlier. However, unnecessary materials increased by 212.8 t, and waste increased by 103.3 t.

  • Zero-emission status (at least 99 % recycling ratio) was maintained at 99.4 %.
  • Continue and expand the implementation of waste-reduction measures proposed by respective departments. 
  • Maintain zero-emission status (at least 99 % recycling ratio).

  • Strengthen storage management in departments dealing with the discharge of waste liquids.
Hazardous Chemical Substances
  • Surveyed 108 departments (including affiliated companies in Japan that handle chemical substances or operation sites thereof) regarding their current status of chemical substance management, including response measures in the event of an earthquake or other emergency. Later, on-site surveys were implemented with respect to 57 departments.

  • Reduce the use of CFC substitutes. With respect to the 2014 results of 400 kg, 2015 usage was substantially reduced to 92 kg, and was completely eliminated at Shimane Shimadzu.

  • The implementation of legally prescribed inspections and the appropriate handling of instruments containing specified CFCs were set as targets. While providing guidance as needed regarding the implementation of simple inspections, all CFCs were recovered during the disposal of instruments to ensure no recovery omissions.

  • Preparations were implemented with an eye to the processing of low concentration PCBs, with processing scheduled for the first half of 2016.
  • Reduce the amount of specified CFCs used in-house. (Target: Less than the amount used the previous year)

  • Construct an in-house system related to chemical substance management.

  • Implement chemical substance management surveys, and confirm the status of their management in each department.

  • Process waste containing low concentration PCBs.
  • Developed 32 ECO-label compliant products, compared to the target 25.
  • Performed LCA1) with two models as a trial.

  • Calculated energy savings ratio, recycling ratio, and reuse ratio for 40 new products.

  • Created sorting guidelines for 22 new products.

  • Assessed environmental regulatory trends mainly for the EU, disseminated this information in the company as planned.
    Completed support for European regulations on transformers, and Canadian mercury regulations.

  • Develop and manufacture ECO-label compliant products (target: 49 items annually)

  • Implementation of LCA (Annual target: Two cases)

  • Calculate energy savings ratio, recycling ratio, and reuse ratio.

  • Create sorting guidelines, including information for batteries.

  • Assessed environmental regulatory trends mainly for the EU, disseminated this information, and formulated response measures.

1) LCA: Life Cycle Assessment. LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life-cycle and to reduce environmental impacts from a comprehensive viewpoint.