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: Excellent: Goals achieved with excellent results, Good: Goals achieved with good results, Fair: Goals not achieved

Environmental
Aspect
FY 2017 Results Self-
Assessment
FY 2018 Targets
CO2
  • With respect to the target of reducing CO2 emissions from energy usage by the Shimadzu Group below 47,443 tons, CO2 emissions increased by 5.2 % (year-on-year) to 49,398 tons, due to outsourced manufacturing being moved in-house and higher production volumes
  • CO2 emissions per unit sales (per 100 million yen) improved 5 % (year-on-year) to 10.1 tons
Fair
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from energy usage by the Shimadzu Group to 48,218 tons.
Waste
  • With a 99.6 % recycling rate of waste output, achieved by prioritizing selling or otherwise reusing waste as valuable resources, we continued to maintain a recycling rate that is above the zero emissions level (99 %).
Excellent
  • Continuously implement the measure to reduce waste.
  • Maintain the zero emissions level
Hazardous Chemical Substances
  • To reduce the risk from chemical substances management, company-wide capabilities and a chemical substances management team were established and risk information was shared throughout the company.
Excellent
  • Consider, try, and implement ways to reduce the quantity of hazardous chemical substances used and stored.
  • Implement workshops for chemical substances management.
Products
  • 47 Eco-Products Plus certified environmentally-friendly products (18 types) have been certified, compared to a target of 37 products.
  • To make products even more environmentally-friendly, all divisions received an explanation about product life cycle assessment (LCA) and have started the assessment.
Excellent
  • Certify Eco-Products Plus products (target: 34 products).
  • Start LCA for new products.

Internal Environmental Auditing/Education