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

FY 2018 Results Self-
FY 2019 Targets
  • By implementing measures to reduce energy consumption, start using renewable energies, and so on, the Shimadzu Group reduced CO2 emissions from energy usage to 47,994 tons, versus a target 48,218 tons.
  • The CO2 emission intensity was 12.3 tons per 100 million yen in sales, which was about the same as the previous year.
    (Shimadzu’s internal electric power-to-CO2 conversion factor was used for both values.)
  • Considering the effect of expected increased sales, a maximum 47,181 tons is specified as the target Shimadzu Group CO2 emissions from energy usage for the final year of the medium-term management plan.
    (Shimadzu’s internal electric power-to-CO2 conversion factor was used.)
  • With a 99.45 % 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 %).
  • Continuously implement the measure to reduce waste.
  • Maintain the zero emissions level.
Hazardous Chemical Substances
  • The risks from hazardous chemical substances were reduced by implementing revised laws and regulations and by conducting workshops to share internal and external information, such as case studies from within Shimadzu.
  • Measures to reduce the quantity of hazardous chemical substances used and stored, and measures to consider, try, and deploy alternatives were implemented.
  • Implement workshops for chemical substances management.
  • Continuously reduce the quantity of hazardous chemical substances used and stored, or consider, try, and deploy alternatives.
  • Forty-four products (29 models) were certified as Eco-Products Plus environmentally-friendly products, compared to a target of 34 products.
  • To promote even more environmentally-friendly products, calculation of CO2 emissions over the entire product life cycle was started for all new products.
  • CO2 emissions over the entire product life cycle of all new products for which development started in October 2019 or later must be less than for predecessor models.
  • For the final year of the medium-term management plan, a target of at least 50.0 billion yen in global net sales is specified for certified Eco-Products Plus environmentally-friendly products.

Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations, Responding to Complaints, etc.

There were no serious violations of environmental laws, regulations, or rules during FY 2018. There were no payments of environmental fines or additional charges, either.
Though there was one noise complaint from someone living near a Shimadzu sales office, it was addressed appropriately by promptly explaining the circumstances and corresponding corrective actions.

Internal Environmental Auditing/Education