Environmental protection

Our environmental protection measures include efforts for the achievement of a low-carbon society, the establishment of a circular economy, and the preservation of biodiversity.

In June 2012, we established our Global Environment Committee to oversee an expanded scope of activities related to global warming. At its second meeting, the Global Environment Committee formulated policy on environmental initiatives that apply to the entire Asahi Kasei Group (below). Quantitative indicators and targets were revised in order to clearly visualize and confirm ongoing progress of these environmental initiatives.

The Asahi Kasei Group’s global environmental policy

  1. 1.Low-carbon society
    1. (1)Sharing the international goal of cutting worldwide greenhouse gas emissions in half by the year 2050, the Asahi Kasei Group will establish targets for reduction of emissions from its business activities by 2030.
    2. (2)The Asahi Kasei Group will contribute to the establishment of a low-carbon society by providing the world with products, technologies, and services that enable reduced greenhouse gas emissions through our proprietary technology.
    3. (3)The Asahi Kasei Group will monitor and clearly visualize the amount of CO2 emissions from its supply chain.
  2. 2.Preserving water resources
    The Asahi Kasei Group will help preserve water resources around the world through its domestic and international water supply filtration membrane module business and water recycling service business. The Asahi Kasei Group will measure the quantity of its water intake while striving to maintain and improve the efficiency of its water usage.
  3. 3.Recycling
    The Asahi Kasei Group will promote the reduction of environmental impacts and the efficient utilization of resources and energy throughout the entire life cycle in its business activities in order to contribute to a circular economy. Specifically, we will promote the 3Rs of reduction, reuse, and recycling, and increase the usage of resources and energy with lower environmental impacts as well as renewable resources and energy.
  4. 4.Achieving harmony with nature
    The Asahi Kasei Group will give due consideration to the conservation of natural capital and biodiversity, and promote the reduction of environmental impacts of its business activities. We will also monitor and carefully manage our use of land and biological resources.
  5. 5.Overseas locations (plants)
    The Asahi Kasei Group will create systematic monitoring items that enable environmental management practices equivalent to those at its plants in Japan.
  6. 6.Supply chain
    The Asahi Kasei Group will proactively collaborate with members of its supply chain to undertake the abovementioned activities.

Quantitative indicators and targets of environmental initiatives

  1. 1.Low-carbon society
    • GHG emissions
      • Reduce GHG emissions in Japan to 35% below the FY 2005 level by FY 2020
    • Clean power generation
      • Maintain use of biomass fuel at 60% or more by energy content in mixed combustion at the biomass power plant in Nobeoka
    • LCA/CO2 contribution ratio*
      • Achieve a ratio of 11.0 by FY 2020 (3.2 in FY 2010)
      • Achieve a ratio of 15.0 by FY 2030
  2. 2.Preserving water resources
    • Water resource contribution ratio*
      • Achieve a ratio of 9.3 in FY 2018 (1.2 in FY 2011)
  3. 3.Energy management policy and target
    • Policy
      • Plan measures for preventing global warming and conserving limited resources, promote reduced energy use in all phases of business activity
    • Target
      • Improve unit energy consumption by an annual average of at least 1% over a 5-year period