Preventing Global Warming

Energy Consumption/ CO2 Emission Results

To further strengthen measures for achieving a carbon-free society, in April 2022, Shimadzu set a new target of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions from business activities by 2050. Interim targets were also specified for reducing net-carbon dioxide emissions, from FY 2017 levels, by at least 85 % by FY 2030 and at least 90 % by FY 2040.

Furthermore, we also set a target level for reducing CO2 emissions from customers using Shimadzu products, which accounts for 74 % of CO2 emissions by other companies related to Shimadzu Group activities, by at least 30 % from FY 2020 levels, by FY 2030. These new targets have been submitted to the SBTi, the organization managing Science Based Targets (SBT), for approval. In March 2021,

the Shimadzu Group become a member of the RE100 Initiative and switched to using electricity generated from renewable energy sources (hereinafter “renewable energy”) at all major Shimadzu locations in Japan. Consequently, 86 % of the electricity used by the overall Shimadzu Group is now sourced from renewable energy sources.

In FY 2021, worldwide Shimadzu Group energy usage increased 7.2 % (year-on-year) to 983,205 GJ, but decreased 1.4 % to 2,300 GJ in terms of energy usage per billion yen in sales. That improvement was the result of higher production of analytical/measuring instruments and industrial machinery and a newly completed research building. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions decreased 47.8 % (year-on-year) to 18,321 t-CO2, due to energy efficiency improvement measures, such as installing smart meters and diagnosing energy usage, and by switching to electric power generated from renewable energy sources. Even in terms of CO2 emissions as a ratio of sales, emissions decreased 52.0 % to 43 t-CO2 per billion yen in net sales.

We will continue to contribute toward building a sustainable society and achieving a carbon-free society by installing solar power equipment and other ongoing thorough measures to reduce energy usage and utilize renewable energies.

  • Reduce CO2 emissions from Shimadzu Group business activities to net-zero level by FY 2050.
  • As interim targets, reduce CO2 emissions from Shimadzu Group business activities by at least 85 % by FY 2030 and at least 90 % by FY 2040, 
  • from FY 2017 levels.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from customers using the products sold by the Shimadzu Group by at least 30 % from FY 2020 levels, by FY 2030.

 

Third Party Assurance of Environmental Data

Shimadzu Corporation received a third-party assurance from Deloitte Tohmatsu Sustainability Co., Ltd., to disclose highly reliable environmental impact data.

[Assurance coverage]
Period covered: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Scope of the report: Head office, works, research laboratory, branch offices, and sales offices of Shimadzu group companies
Scope and Extent: energy consumption (GJ), location-based Scope 1 and 2 emissions (t-CO2)

Independent Practitioner s Assurance Report

Independent Practitioner’s Assurance Report

Calculation Report for Shimadzu Corporation CO2 Emissions from Energy

Calculation Report CO2 Emissions from Energy

GHG emissions in the supply chain (By category)

Unit : thousand tons-CO2

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Scope 1 Emissions 4 4 3 2 2
Scope 2 Emissions (market-based) 46 41 36 33 16
Scope 3 1 Purchased Goods and Services 445 457 459 447 484
2 Capital Goods 31 31 11 14 14
3 Fuel and Energy-related Activities 0* 0* 0* 0* 0*
4 Upstream Transportation and Distribution 6 6 5 5 6
5 Waste Generated in Operations 2 2 2 2 2
6 Employee Business Travel 4 4 4 1 2
7 Employee Commuting 4 4 4 4 4
8 Upstream Leased Assets 0* 0* 0* 0* 0*
9 Downstream Transportation and Distribution 3 3 3 3 0*
10 Processing of Sold Products 0* 0* 0* 0* 0*
11 Use of Sold Products 1,704 1,773 1,714 1,671 1,578
12 End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products 1 1 1 1 2
13 Downstream Leased Assets 0* 0* 0* 0* 0*
14 Franchises 0* 0* 0* 0* 0*
15 Investments 0* 0* 0* 0* 0*

Reducing CO2 Emissions from Logistics

We are also engaged in measures to reduce CO2 emissions during shipment, up to the point that products are delivered to the customer.
By improving the truck loading rate and promoting a modal shift, Shimadzu Logistics Service Corporation has reduced CO2 emissions by about 100 tons or more since fiscal 2011.
Primary activities include mixing shipments to optimize utilization of trips between locations, consolidating smaller freight shipments into chartered shipments, consolidating freight from regular commercial routes into chartered shipments, shifting freight modes to rail or ship, and shifting package with wood to reinforced cardboard.

The transport system is used to share information about transporting goods between different divisions, so that the above measures can be implemented more efficiently within daily operations.
For export shipments, an in-house bonded warehouse area has been used to process customs without the need to transport items by truck. After clearing customs, items are transported by low-emission shuttle trucks (running on natural gas) to airports or seaports. Shipping containers are reused for shipping both exports and imports. Hybrid work vehicles are also being introduced.

Shuttle freight to airport

Shuttle freight to airport

Package with reinforced cardboard

Package with reinforced cardboard

Reducing Energy Consumption in IT Environments

Shimadzu Business Systems Corporation, which manages various Shimadzu Group servers, is reducing power consumption by migrating to virtual servers. Virtual servers use server resources more efficiently by establishing multiple server environments within a single physical server. Using virtual servers not only reduces electrical power consumption, but also can save space and reduce expenses. Consolidating 21 servers into 10 servers in FY 2016 has reduced power consumption by an estimated 32,850 kWh per year.

Diagram of Switching to Virtual Servers

Diagram of Switching to Virtual Servers

Installation of task light

As part of power-saving measures after the Great East Japan Earthquake in FY 2011, we have been deploying measures to reduce ceiling lighting and install task-ambient lighting that illuminates only the immediate work area.

Environmental Considerations for New Construction Materials

The Head Office building within the Sanjo Works site incorporates a variety of environmentally-friendly features, such as a passive ventilation system, natural and artificial lighting sensors, radiant air conditioning systems, and active use of local wood materials sourced from within Kyoto Prefecture.
In terms of the Kyoto standards for the Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE), which also evaluates buildings based on how well they typify Kyoto, the building earned an "S" score, which is the highest available.
The Quality Center at Sanjo Works and the South Building No. 1 at Seta Works were insulated and lighting in all office areas was converted to LED lighting. In addition, they were designed and built for energy efficiency with high-efficiency air-conditioning and transformer systems.

Head Office building at Sanjo Works

Head Office building at Sanjo Works

The Quality Center at Sanjo Works

The Quality Center at Sanjo Works

the South Building No. 1 at Seta Works

the South Building No. 1 at Seta Works

Efforts are also being made to reduce CO2 emissions and electricity usage at Shimadzu Group companies, such as installing solar panels and LED lighting. At the production location in Malaysia, power generated from solar panels installed in April 2019 accounts for about 25 to 30 % of the electricity consumed. Environmental measures were implemented at the production location in Shimane as well, such as by installing solar panels on all three buildings.

Shimadzu Manufacturing Asia Sdn. Bhd.(Mlaysia) 
 

Shimadzu Manufacturing Asia Sdn. Bhd.(Mlaysia)

Shimane Shimadzu
 

Shimane Shimadzu

Measures for Addressing Climate Change